This 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole is a US-spec example built in April 1983 and finished in Rosso Corsa over tan leather. It is one of 3,042 examples produced worldwide between 1982 and 1985. The car was delivered new through Foreign Cars Italia of Greensboro, North Carolina, and the original owner from Brunswick, Georgia took delivery in…
This 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS is a factory German-market M472 Touring example originally built in April 1973 and optioned with sport seats and electric windows. One of 185 finished in Grand Prix White with India Red graphics, this RS features a black leatherette interior with sport seats equipped with headrests and corduroy inserts.
This 1954 Jaguar XK120 is a left-hand-drive Drophead Coupe that was built on July 9, 1953 and dispatched on July 15th to New York distributor Max Hoffman. The car is finished in black over a tan interior and powered by a 3.4-liter DOHC inline-six paired with a four-speed manual gearbox. The current owner has driven the car approximately 3,500…
This 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL is finished in metallic green with a color-matched hard top and a black soft top over beige leather and was delivered new through Velie Imports of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on June 22, 1971. According to the selling dealer, the third owner in New York acquired it in August 1987 showing 36k miles.
This 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet was built in April 1971 and is finished in Light Ivory over a burgundy leather interior. Power is provided by an injected 3.5-liter V8 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission, and the car is one of just 1,232 V8-powered W111 convertibles produced. It was originally purchased by John C.
This Maserati Tipo 151/4 recreation was built by Motorima Coachbuilding of Sweden over about 4k hours between 2011-2013. The car utilizes a modified 1969 Maserati Mexico donor chassis and 4.2-liter V8, which was rebuilt with quad Webers and is mated with a ZF five-speed gearbox. A custom-fabricated tubular structure undergirds aluminum bodywork.
This 1953 Austin-Healey 100 is a left-hand-drive example that was built on August 28, 1953 and delivered new to William McDonald in Northern California. Initially campaigned in the D Production class, the car was fitted with a Chevrolet small block in 1956 and subsequently raced in C Modified events by McDonald and Stan Peterson through its last…
This 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup is one of about 210 examples built for the Carrera Cup race series and is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six mated to a six-speed manual transaxle. Developed from the 993 Carrera RS, the Cup was a purpose-built competition car designed by Porsche for its single-model racing series taking place around the world.
This 1981 Alpina B7 Turbo is one of 149 examples produced between December 1978 and February 1982, and was completed in May 1981 before being sold new to Tokyo-based importer Nicole Racing Japan Co. Ltd. The car remained in Japan prior to being exported to the Netherlands in 2015, and made its way to the US in 2017 via the port of Houston. Power…
This 1993 Porsche 911 RS America was delivered new to Jim Culligan Porsche in Williamsville, New York and is one of 701 examples built for the 1993 and 1994 model years. Finished in black over a black interior, the car now shows just 50k miles and is powered by a 3.6L flat-six paired with a five-speed manual transaxle and optional limited-slip…
This 1988 Ferrari Testarossa is a US-spec example which shows just under 4,400 miles and is finished in metallic gold over black leather. The car was reportedly delivered new in Hollywood, California on May 13, 1988 and later registered in Pennsylvania starting in 1991 until moving to Florida in 2015.
This 1992 Ferrari 348 TB is finished in Rosso Corsa over black leather and is powered by a 3.4-liter DOHC V8 mated to a five-speed manual transaxle. This example was acquired in 2016 by the seller, who has since added 5k of the 77k kilometers (~48k miles) shown. A 2016 timing belt service included the installation of a new water pump, new seals,…
This 1932 Ford Roadster was built by Roy Brizio Street Rods in 2001 and reportedly remained in the same collection until being acquired two years ago by a family friend, the seller. The car features a steel body along with a reinforced frame, hand-louvered exterior panels, coilover rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes.
This 1951 Vincent Black Shadow is a Series C model that left the factory on February 2, 1951 and was sold new by Indian Sales of San Francisco, California. Power is provided by a 998cc V-twin, which features an integrated 4-speed gearbox and is paired with its matching upper frame member. A cosmetic refurbishment was performed by Mike White…
This 1967 Jaguar XKE is a Series I roadster that was built on March 13, 1967 and dispatched to Jaguar of Eastern Canada in Montreal before being sold to its first owner in Minneapolis. Following the seller’s acquisition in California in November 2014, the car underwent a three-year restoration beginning in late 2014 that included rebuilding the…
This 996.2 2004 Porsche 911 GT2 is one of 303 US-spec examples built between 2002-2005 and one of two finished in Guards Red over black leather for the model year according to the selling dealer. The car shows 5,700 miles and was optioned with stainless steel exhaust pipes and black carpeted floor mats.
This 1975 Ferrari 308 GT4 is a US-spec example that was completed on April 4, 1975 and originally distributed through Bill Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors of Reno, Nevada. Factory equipment included electric windows, air conditioning, and a parcel shelf in place of the rear seat. Approximately six months ago the selling dealer acquired this 308…
This 1974 BMW 3.0 CSL is one of 57 Series 2 “Batmobiles” produced, only four of which were finished in Taiga green from the factory. The Batmobile featured a full aerodynamic package in addition to lightweight body panels, a quick-ratio steering box, 14″ Alpina wheels, and Scheel sport seats. This example had been repainted white under…
This 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL was reportedly inherited in the 1970s by two sisters in Plano, Texas who kept the car until September 1980. It remained with the next owners owners in Wichita Falls, Texas for 31 years until being acquired by the previous owner in 2011. A subsequent restoration included a color change to Ivory White, re-chroming…
This 1967 McLaren M1C (chassis #40/12) is one of 25 produced and was originally supplied to American race driver David Hurley to replace his streamlined M1B. It is one of the last “customer” race cars offered by McLaren-Elva and utilizes a space frame and composite body. Chassis #40/12 raced in USRRC and Can-Am during the late 1960s and into…
This Porsche Type 547/1 four-cam engine (P90513) originated in a pre-A 356 Carrera 1500 RS Speedster and was removed in the late 1960s. It was sold to the previous owner in San Diego, who reportedly intended to install it in his custom sand rail. Those plans never came to fruition, and the engine sat in storage until the seller’s acquisition in…
This 1986 Porsche 928S was built in September of 1985 and is finished in Prussian Blue Metallic over a blue leather interior. The car was sold new in Missouri and was acquired in 2017 by the seller, automotive journalist and The House of Muscle host Mike Musto. Power is provided by an aluminum 32-valve 5.0-liter DOHC V8, which is paired with a…
This 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible was acquired by the seller 17 years ago, reportedly from its original owner. The car was refinished in its original Ermine White over a red vinyl interior under previous ownership, and power is from a numbers-matching 427ci L72 V8 mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
This 1994 Porsche 968 is finished in Guards Red with a Cashmere and Black partial leather interior. The car is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-four paired with a six-speed manual transaxle, and it was optioned from the factory with a limited-slip differential, 17″ light alloy wheels with Porsche crests, a power driver’s seat, body-side molding, and…
This 1969 Porsche 911S was built in February of 1969 finished in special-order Metallic Blue over a black leatherette interior with Pepita seat inserts. It is one of 1,492 S coupes built for the model year and receives power from a mechanically-injected 2.0L flat-six paired with a 5-speed manual transaxle.
This 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce was sold new in Florida, then spent time in Illinois and Virginia before returning to the state in 2012. The car was purchased two years ago by the seller, reportedly from the estate of a past president of the Mid-Florida Alfa Romeo Owners Club. A subsequent refurbishment included a repaint in black and interior reconditioning as well as installation of a new soft top, alternator, battery, thermostat, fuel pump, and more. Power is provided by a twin-cam 2.0-liter inline-four mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This Spider shows 76k miles and is offered with a factory leather top boot, an owner’s manual and tool kit, and a clean Florida title in the seller’s name.
This 1971 Norton Commando 750 is finished in black and powered by a 750cc parallel twin mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The seller acquired the motorcycle three years ago and has since added a Dunstall-style fuel tank as well as having it repainted by Griffin Motorsports of Stratford, Connecticut in 2017. Additional modifications include a period seat and fairing, rearsets, and more. Carburetor rebuilds were carried out under current ownership along with installation of a new clutch, adjustable engine mounts, and a K&N oil filter system. This Commando is offered with seven years of receipts and a clean Connecticut title in the seller’s name.
This 1994 Land Rover Range Rover County LWB is finished in Montpellier Red over a Dark Sable leather interior and is powered by a 4.2-liter V8 mated to an automatic transmission and a four-wheel-drive system. The truck was acquired three years ago by the current owner, who has since added approximately 15k of the 189k indicated miles. The factory air suspension has been converted to springs, and additional modifications include a 3” lift kit, a Borla exhaust, and an aftermarket stereo. An A/C service and oil change were recently performed by the selling dealer, while a tuneup was completed in June and a replacement starter and window motor were installed earlier this year. This Range Rover is now offered on dealer consignment with service records beginning in 2017, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Oregon title.
This 1967 Nissan Patrol is a left-hand-drive example powered by a 4.0-liter inline-six paired with a three-speed manual transmission and a two-speed transfer case. The seller states that the truck resided in Nevada prior to his purchase in 2016, and work performed by a previous owner included flaring the rear fenders, a repaint, and reupholstering the seats. Larger wheel and tires were fitted by the seller, who also installed a new exhaust system. This Patrol is now offered with recent service records and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
This 1949 Triumph 2000 Roadster was sold new in England, reportedly to a soldier in the Royal Navy who shipped the car to Antigua, where it received the AG6272 license plates and other modifications. A US serviceman is said to have acquired the car in Antigua and relocated it to North Carolina in the 1970s, where it sat unused for several decades. The car was later acquired by a Mr. Irwin, who returned the car to the road. Power is from an OHV 2.1-liter inline-four paired with a three-speed manual gearbox, and notable recent work reportedly included a replacement clutch and starter, as well as a new canvas top. This Triumph Roadster is now offered by the selling dealer with spare parts, a BMIHT certificate, and a clean North Carolina title.
This 1994 Porsche 968 is finished in Guards Red with a Cashmere and Black partial leather interior. The car is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-four paired with a six-speed manual transaxle, and it was optioned from the factory with a limited-slip differential, 17″ light alloy wheels with Porsche crests, a power driver’s seat, body-side molding, and a body-color rear spoiler. The car was sold new in Westchester County, New York, and later moved with the original owner to Pennsylvania. In 2013 at 15k miles, it was sold to a second owner in Kansas, who reportedly traded it in on a new Audi in 2017. The seller purchased the car with 21,400 miles on it from that dealer in Iowa and has since added 400 additional miles. This 968 is now offered at no reserve with delivery paperwork, the window sticker, service records from new, a clean Carfax report, a Porsche car cover, a Saratoga top tinted sunroof panel, a vinyl front bra, three sets of floor mats, and a clean Iowa title in the seller’s name.
This 2008 Ducati Monster S4R S is #158 of 400 Tricolore editions produced and is powered by a 996cc Testastretta L-twin mated to a 6-speed transmission. Finished in Italy’s national colors of red, white, and green, Tricolore Monsters came equipped from the factory with carbon fiber trim, Brembo brakes, adjustable Öhlins suspension, Marchesini wheels, and a stainless steel Termignoni exhaust. Acquired by the seller in 2010, this example shows just 2,150 miles and is now being sold at no reserve with a Ducati jacket, bike stand, spare seat, and a clean Oklahoma title in the seller’s name.
This 2001 Acura Integra Type R is finished in Phoenix Yellow and is #1,091 of 1,158 US-market examples produced for the model year. It was acquired new by the seller, an instructor in high-performance driver education (HPDE) events, in March 2001 from Muller’s Woodfield Honda of Hoffman Estates, Illinois and now has 79k miles. Power is provided by a 1.8-liter VTEC inline-four mated to a five-speed manual transaxle equipped with a limited-slip differential. A replacement B18C5 engine was installed in 2016 at approximately 77k miles, and a September 2018 service included an engine oil change along with a brake fluid flush. This ITR is now offered with its window sticker, a clean Carfax report, factory parts and manuals, touch-up paint, a battery charger, a car cover, and a clean Illinois title in the seller’s name.
A few of the comments that stood out to us yesterday:
“It is all about the people. I have spent 30 years in service to this great nation. There have been highs and lows. And Lord know many long days I never want to remember but can’t forget. But through it all there is the constant of the people that have stood with me. Some of the most amazing and talented people that I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I have taught and I have learned from every one of them. They are all family, just brothers and sisters of other mothers and misters. They are…”
“The cold start video so reminds me of the cold start of any radial engine. There’s just enough proper combustion to keep the engine spinning while lean backfires and white smoke from distillation make up the majority of the scene. And much like a radial, as it warms up and gets enough heat into the combustion chambers, it smooths out into a mechanical symphony.
This is a piece of history that needs to be stewarded for future generations – and (I hope is) installed into a running…”
“For me, it’s Civics like the white one in this video. Most of my track days were from 2001-2010 and in that time there would always be a few of these out there. I was always impressed by the drivers that made them so fast. You would see people show up in all kinds of stuff – Z06’s, Vipers, the odd Ferrari, Porsches – sometimes they would get mad at being put in their experience-based group level. Usually Group 1. Back in the earlier days, I remember some arguments ending when they saw how they…”
“My dentist and soccer coach had one of these when I was in the second or third grade. It was the older body style and if my memory from when I was seven serves, I think it had wood paneling. I thought it was the coolest thing ever and I begged my parents to get one. Of course, with a family of five, that was never going to happen. I know why I’m so drawn to this (and alot of other somewhat newer vehicles)-they remind me of my childhood. Thanks for sharing and good luck with the sale. I…”
This 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300E was sold new in New Jersey, where it remained with the original owner until reportedly being acquired by the seller in 1995 with just under 40k miles on the odometer. Now showing 72k miles, the car is finished in Black over Palomino MB-Tex and is powered by a 2.6-liter inline-six sending power to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Recent service included an oil change in spring 2019. Equipment includes automatic climate control, headlight washers, and a power sunroof. This W124 is now offered with a clean Carfax report, factory books, and a clean New Jersey title in the seller’s name.
This 1969 Porsche 912 coupe is finished in Sand Beige over a black leatherette interior with houndstooth seat inserts. It was purchased new in Texas in May 1969 and was moved to California in the early 1970s by the original owner, with whom the car remained until April 2019. Power is provided by a numbers-matching 1.6L flat-four, which is mated to a five-speed manual transaxle. Recent work reportedly included an interior refurbishment, a ride-height adjustment, carburetor tuning, new spark plugs and wires, an oil change, and a new fuel filter. This LWB 912 is now being offered by the selling dealer with service records, factory books and manuals, spare keys, a partial tool kit, and a clean California title.
This 2003 Ferrari 360 Modena was first registered in Ontario and is finished in Rosso Corsa over black leather. Now showing 46k kilometers (~29k miles), the car is powered by a 3.6-liter DOHC V8 paired with a six-speed F1 transmission. Equipment includes Scuderia Ferrari fender shields and Daytona-style seats. This 360 Modena was recently acquired by the selling dealer and is now offered in Ontario with service receipts, a clean Carfax report, a car cover, factory books, two keys, and clean Ontario registration.
This 1972 Datsun 240Z was acquired six years ago by the seller, who inherited it from his late friend who installed a 5.7-liter LS1 V8 and a 4L60E four-speed automatic transmission. The seller has reportedly spent the past three years refurbishing the car, which included refinishing the exterior in white, rebuilding the transmission and driveshaft, and installing new weatherstripping, tires, seat covers, an Edelbrock 600-cfm carburetor with electric choke, and an Edelbrock Performer EPS intake manifold. This 240Z is now offered with a repair manual, service records, and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name.
This 1991 BMW 325iX is a European-market wagon that was imported to the US from the Netherlands by the seller in 2018. The car is finished in Alpine White over gray cloth and equipped with heated sport seats, electric front windows, an M-Tech I steering wheel, and an aftermarket stereo. Power is sent from a 2.5-liter inline-six to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission, a chain-driven transfer case, and viscous differentials. A new timing belt, tensioners, and water pump have reportedly been installed since December 2018, and additional work included replacement of the fuel tank, pump, and filter as well as servicing the suspension, brakes, and central locking system. This E30 wagon shows 238k kilometers (~148k miles) and is offered in Virginia with records from current ownership, a stamped maintenance booklet, and a clean Kansas title in the seller’s name.
This 1979 Volkswagen Super Beetle Cabriolet is finished in Alpine White with a white soft top over a white vinyl interior, and power comes from a 1.6L fuel-injected flat-four paired with a 4-speed manual transaxle. Assembly of the car was completed in December 1979 and it was sold new by Neil Huffman Volkswagen in Louisville, Kentucky in February of 1980. The first owner kept the car in Farmland, Indiana until 2017, when it was sold to the previous owner, a Porsche and VW collector from Alberta, Canada. The selling dealer acquired the car in July 2019 and relocated it to Victoria, British Columbia. Now showing just over 1,200 miles, this Super Beetle Cabriolet is being offered with the original manuals, window sticker, spare, and British Columbia registration.
A few of the comments that stood out to us yesterday:
“A couple of years ago I survived triple bypass surgery. No one to really blame except myself and fast food. During my first month of recovery I had many personal Sludgo moments sitting on the front porch with my golden retriever. Then along came Sludgo who puts it into words that resonate and add color to my memories. A couple of years later, now 69 years old and healthy I read these short writings with the imagining sound bits of Fred Murray (My Three Sons) sounding out the words in my…”
“Ah, an Imola, that’s nice. These are quite rare.
287 E38s produced in Imola Red through regular production, with an additional 16 through BMW Individual.
Of those, 172 came to the US as 740i Sports.
Of those 172, 102 had a black interior.
Of those 102, only 86 were produced for the 2001 model year,”
“I bought a 69 S in Ossi blue back around 2001 and drove it many miles…sold it around 2014 and I miss it every day. That car was a great driver, one repaint, matching motor and trans. It never let me down and always delivered a smile on my face. Had no problem keeping up with modified, hot rodded and later cars when we did rallies and spirited drives.
69’s are a unique blend of the SWB bits and what would eventually come of the LWB cars, and there are a ton of unique parts on the…”
“High School Saturday afternoon : Driving girlfriend into the mountains in the “Baccaroodah” and snuggling beneath that panoramic rear window while watching the stars come out. When it was time to have her home ( and the very large father MEANT the time he said ) we’d save a bit of time to stop at the little mountain village for the best apple pie and ice cream ever ( and a pie to go for her parents ) .”
What’s a sleeper? In a nutshell, it’s a car that’s faster than it looks. Since we’re talking factory-built examples, think 300SEL 6.3, 409 Biscayne, 850 T-5R, Taurus SHO, 500E, Jag Mark 2, Shelby GLHS etcetera.
So, which is your favorite factory sleeper? Why? Vehicles of all eras are eligible. Oddballs and low-production sleepers are welcome, along with more widely-recognized niche icons. Remember–it’s not necessarily the car that makes a great answer, but just as often the way it’s told.
As always, our favorite answer will score its author $25 in BaT Store gear, and a handful of runners-up will receive an honorable mention. Click through to chime in below!
We’re big fans of 1980s and ’90s Honda, with their double-wishbone suspensions, high-revving VTEC motors, super-slick and precise gearboxes and neat styling. The fifth-gen Civic in particular was a real gem, especially in JDM SiR spec with its 160-horse motor–a full 23% more powerful than the USDM Si.
Honda tuning house Spoon took this platform and ran with it, squeezing another 40 hp from the base SiR without power adders. Brakes and suspension weren’t neglected either, and despite modest 195/55-15 rubber, the Spoon-tuned EG6 hatch in this old Best Motoring video is so dominant on track against its rivals–including a MkIV Supra Turbo, FD RX-7 and a tuned R33 Skyline GT-R–that Keichi Tsuchiya brings the car to a full, mid-lap stop just to let them catch up.
What’s your favorite giant-slayer?
A few of the comments that stood out to us yesterday:
i’m astonished at the author’s note! it’s incredible how imperceptibly time passes, how things seem to stand still. thirty-five little time capsules, and each one provided us a chance to relate, to ponder, to wince, laugh, or cry at the keyboard.
said it before, i’ll say it again – so thankful to you for sharing your gifts, and to this site for providing the forum.”
“There was a guy in high school who had one of these. It was perfectly put together. Just the right height front and rear, Corvette wheels, medium blue, 327/4 speed. He had two whip antennas on the rear and when he would leave the parking lot the site and sound was unmistakable. That car was one of the major contributors to my lifetime addiction.
He was way too cool to talk to me, but I feel a kinship to him still.”
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