This 1983 Grid S2 is a Group C prototype race car built by Grid Motor Racing in Leamington, England. The car was campaigned by Dudley Wood and Charles Ivy Racing in 1984, including at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as other World Endurance Championship and IMSA races. Purchased by the current owner in 2012 from Can-Am Cars in St.
This 1955 Austin-Healey BN2 Roadster was built on October 26, 1955 and is one of 640 100M models produced. Finished in Healey Blue over a blue interior, the car was reportedly sold new in California and acquired by the current owner as a project in 1999. A restoration was carried out between 2014 and 2016 by High Mountain Classics of Berthoud,…
This 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup is one of just 297 examples produced and was campaigned by Obermaier Racing, with Harold Grohs driving, in the 1992 German Carrera Cup. Andreas Fuchs drove the car in the 1993 Supercup series, and it was then privately raced in Germany. In 2006 the car was acquired by the seller and imported to the US, where it…
This 1971 Plymouth Barracuda hardtop coupe is finished in In-Violet over a black vinyl interior and is equipped with a replacement 440ci V8 paired with a Tremec six-speed manual transmission and a Detroit Locker differential. The car underwent a professional refurbishment that was completed in 2018, and additional modifications include…
This 2017 BAC Mono is a second-generation example which is finished in white with red accents and matte carbon fiber lowers over a black single-seat cockpit. Dry weight is 580 kg (~1,280 lbs), and power is provided by a Mountune-built, 2.5-liter DOHC inline-four paired with a six-speed Hewland sequential gearbox.
This 1963 Genie Mk VIII is the first of eight examples built by Joe Huffaker and was purchased new by driver Dave Ridenour, who campaigned the car in the USRRC series and with the SCCA in the mid-1960s. After receiving sponsorship from San Francisco Lincoln & Mercury dealer Jim Wessman in 1964, the car was fitted with a V8 from a Mercury Comet…
This Jaguar C-Type re-creation was built by Proteus Sports & Racing Cars in the UK and was previously owned by actor Malcolm McDowell, who reportedly used it regularly. Finished in British Racing Green, the car features a tube chassis with independent front suspension and four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes.
This 1969 Porsche 911E coupe reportedly remained in California with its previous owner from the 1970s until being acquired by the current owner in 2009 and brought to Ohio, where a subsequent refurbishment was completed earlier this year. Refinished in its factory shade of Irish Green, the car is powered by a replacement 2.0-liter injected…
This 1972 BMW 2002tii is said to have been owned by a US Navy sailor in California in the 1970s, and it was later moved to Nevada and then back to California. The single-stage gray paintwork was reportedly refinished in the 1980s, after which the car was stored on a military base until 2010. Power comes from a numbers-matching 2.0-liter M10…
This 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS was sold new at Porsche of Annapolis, Maryland and spent time in North Carolina and Illinois before being acquired in California by Porsche collector Jan Koum. It remained in California until it was brought to Texas by the selling dealer nine months ago and now shows just 5,600 miles.
This 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster was originally purchased from Sagan’s VW/Porsche in New York by an engineer named Mike Robbins, who drove it more than 500k miles during 54 years of ownership. Finished in black over red leather, the car had been special-ordered new with coupe seats, Rudge wheels, and deletion of the hood handle, side spears,…
This Alfa Romeo Montreal was built in July 1973, originally delivered to Frankfurt, Germany, and said to have been imported to the US under previous ownership in 2005. Power comes from a 2.6-liter V8 paired with a refurbished five-speed manual transmission, and the car has undergone a color change to its current red.
This 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is finished in Roman Red over a red interior and is said to be one of just 1,918 produced for the model year with a fuel-injected 327ci V8. Power is sent to a Posi-traction rear end via a four-speed manual transmission. The seller owned the car from 2010–2013 and repurchased it in 2015.
This 1968 Porsche 911S coupe was delivered new at Sonauto in Paris and imported to Canada in the early 1970s, reportedly through the French embassy. The car was later put into longterm storage before being reconditioned in 1996. It was purchased in 2008 by the seller’s father, who has since added about 5k kilometers.
This 1967 Jaguar XKE is a Series I, open two-seater that was built in October of 1966 and dispatched from the factory on November 14 for distribution in the US. The first owner was a Mr. Pearce of Farmington, New Mexico, and the car is reported to have remained in that state until it was recently acquired by the selling dealer.
This 1973 Datsun 240Z was reportedly moved from Oklahoma to California in 2007 and was acquired four years ago by the seller, who stored it until 2018 when a refurbishment began. Work included stripping the car, placing it on a rotisserie, and refinishing the bodywork in orange. The numbers-matching 2.4L inline-six was rebuilt and the four-speed…
This 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona (chassis 14669) was purchased by the late owner in 1985 and subsequently sent to Carrozzeria Auto Sport in Italy to be converted into a spyder. A 4.4-liter Colombo V12 sends power to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox, and the six Weber carburetors were rebuilt in 2016 as part of nearly $13k in…
This 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS is finished in red over beige leather, and power is provided by a 3.0L DOHC V8 paired with a 5-speed manual transaxle. The car was purchased earlier this as a project by the seller and a group of friends, who shared in the expense and worked on it together over the summer. Within the last six months they rebuilt and…
This 1982 DeTomaso Pantera GT5 was delivered new in Belgium on June 20th, 1981, and then sold from Belgian racing driver Claude Dubois to Guy Anderson, a US DeTomaso distributor in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 22, 1983. A subsequent US owner kept the car until 2009, when it was sold back to Guy Anderson. It remained under his ownership until his…
This 2002 BMW Z8 is one of 2,543 examples produced for the US market and was sold new in South Carolina. It was acquired by the selling dealer five months ago, after the previous owner traded it towards a new Audi e-tron. Finished in Titanium Silver over black, the car has just 19,500 miles and is powered by a 4.9-liter DOHC V8 paired with a…
This 1952 Vincent Rapide is a series C example that was manufactured in September of 1951 and sold new in the US by the Indian Sales Corporation. The seller purchased the bike from a preacher out of Hamilton, Ohio in 1980, and won third place at the Shadow Lake Vincent Owners Club rally in Canada two years later.
This 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL was reportedly sold new in Los Angeles and was acquired by the current owner in Southern California in 1975. Power is provided by a fuel-injected 2.8L inline-six paired with a 4-speed manual transmission, and the car has been repainted in the original Silver Metallic over a black interior.
This 1956 Devin-bodied Special was acquired as a roller in 2001 by the seller, who had seen it race in Tecate, Mexico in the early 1960s and later found it listed for sale in a magazine in Atascadero, California in the 1990s. Based on a Triumph TR3 chassis, the build was completed between 2001 and 2004, and the car has since seen regular use in…
This 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser was sold new at Gene Osborn Toyota in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where it is said to have stayed until being acquired by the seller and brought to Iowa in July 2019. The truck is finished in red over a brown cloth and vinyl interior, and power is from a 4.2-liter inline-six paired with a four-speed manual…
This 1985 Porsche 911 Turbo is a black-on-black example which was sold new in Germany and imported to the US shortly thereafter. Power comes from a turbocharged 3.3-liter flat-six paired with a four-speed manual transmission, and the car is equipped with heated sport seats with electric height adjustment, a limited-slip differential, and a power…
This 1963 Volkswagen Bus is a 15-window, walk-through example that received a cosmetic and mechanical restoration between 2016 and 2017 as the personal project of a VW shop owner in California. Finished in its original color combination of Sealing Wax Red and Beige Gray over a Silver Beige interior, the van is powered by an 1,776cc flat-four built…
A few of the comments that stood out to us yesterday:
“I remember the Grid quite well – a very competent racer which literally ran circles around my Group 5 March BMW M1 in the mid 1980s in Thundersports at Brands Hatch. An impressive piece of machinery back in it’s heyday, and just as impressive today. Time has done nothing to lessen it’s beauty and appeal. A somewhat obscure piece of racing machinery for the cognoscenti and I hope that this superb restoration is done justice commensurate with it’s rarity when the hammer finally falls….”
Manufacturers and industry types usually refer to them as “mid-cycle styling refreshes”, though most enthusiasts simply call them facelifts. Some have been quite minor, others extensive, and both approaches have produced winners and losers.
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As fun to watch for a ludicrous plot and clever filmmaking as it is for its fantastic car spotting, Trafic follows a klutzy Parisian automotive engineer driving his latest creation from the French capital to an Amsterdam auto show.
Readers familiar with director Jacques Tati will appreciate the film’s funny but often subtle and poignant sight gags, and as long as you don’t expect a linear story with a well-defined ending, fans of late 60s/early 70s European car culture should enjoy everything else.
Among countless Benzes, Citroens, Fiats, NSUs, Panhards and Peugeots, starring cars include a sunflower yellow Siata Spring, a DAF 55 Combi and Monsieur Hulot’s telescoping, feature-packed, wood-paneled Renault-4 based mini-RV.
This 1972 Lotus Europa Twin Cam reportedly was acquired by the seller in August 1986 as a project, and the body and engine were subsequently removed from the frame. By 1989 the exterior had been refinished in yellow and the 1.6-liter inline-four was overbored and rebuilt, now utilizing a Weber cylinder head with a Euro-spec camshaft, dual Weber carburetors, a Dave Bean exhaust header, and more. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. The seller recently refreshed the tan leather interior, and a 55-amp alternator has been fitted alongside other upgrades to the electrical system. Other updates include a lowered front suspension, larger sway bars and axle shafts, and replacement suspension bushings. The seller reports that the carburetors were rebuilt in 2016, the points and spark plugs were recently replaced, and the oil was recently changed. This Europa is now offered with three decades of service records, an owner’s handbook, a workshop manual, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
This 1973 Datsun 240Z was reportedly moved from Oklahoma to California in 2007 and was acquired four years ago by the seller, who stored it until 2018 when a refurbishment began. Work included stripping the car, placing it on a rotisserie, and refinishing the bodywork in orange. The numbers-matching 2.4L inline-six was rebuilt and the four-speed manual transmission was inspected and resealed before being reinstalled. The black vinyl interior was refreshed, and additional work included replacing the brakes, suspension, and steering rack. This S30 is now offered with receipts from current ownership, factory tools and wheel chocks, an owner’s manual, restoration photos, a scale-model 240Z, and a clean Florida title in the seller’s name.
This 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is one of 350 produced in the Final Edition and shows just over 5k miles. Sold new at Silver Star Motors of Long Island City, New York, it spent time in Virginia, Florida, and Arizona before being acquired by the selling dealer in 2019. Power comes from a 6.2-liter V8 paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle, and the car is finished in Designo Mystic White over a black diamond-stitched Exclusive leather interior. Additional features include carbon fiber trim, a black soft top, Keyless Go, COMAND infotainment, heated seats, and more. An inspection was completed by Schumacher European of Phoenix, Arizona in August 2019. This SLS AMG GT Final Edition is offered with manufacturer’s literature, keys, a build list, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Arizona title.
This 1993 GMC Typhoon is one of 2,200 built for the model year and is finished in black over a black leather interior. It shows 36k miles and is powered by a turbocharged 4.3-liter V6 paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. According to the seller, this truck remained in storage for 15 years until his recent acquisition and subsequently received replacement brakes, ball joints, and an intercooler coolant pump. This Typhoon is now offered with a clean Carfax report and a clean Wisconsin title in the seller’s name.
This 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo was sold new from Porsche of Hunt Valley in Cockeysville, Maryland, and was recently acquired by the selling dealer in Illinois with 66k indicated miles. The car is finished in Guards Red over a Stone Grey Full leather interior, and equipment includes heated adaptive sport seats, the Sport Chrono Package, a painted center console, Porsche Communication Management system with navigation, and more. Power is from a twin-turbocharged 3.6L flat-six driving all four wheels through a five-speed Tiptronic S automatic transaxle, and service in October 2019 is said to have included new coolant lines. This 997 Turbo is now offered by the selling dealer in Illinois with factory literature, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Illinois title.
This 1994 Lexus SC300 was purchased new by the seller’s father at Difeo Lexus in Bound Brook, New Jersey, and now shows 32k miles. The car is finished in Garnet Pearl with gold trim over a tan leather interior, and it is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. This SC300 is now offered by the seller on behalf of his father with factory literature, a clean Carfax report, and a clean New Jersey title in the current owner’s name.
This 1973 Citroën SM is a US-market example that is one of approximately 600 powered by a Maserati 3.0-liter V6 and equipped with a five-speed manual transaxle. The car was reportedly owned by a succession of Citroën collectors before being acquired by the selling dealer, a Citroën enthusiast, one year ago. A repaint has since been performed, and the hydropneumatic suspension system was serviced with fresh spheres. This SM is now offered with a clean Arizona title.
This 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet was first registered in Quebec, Canada, and remained there until being imported to California by the seller, who purchased it after it was offered on BaT in April 2018. Now showing 21k miles, the car is finished in Seal Grey Metallic with a black top over a black full leather interior. A twin-turbocharged 3.6L flat-six sends power to all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, and options include 18″ GT3 wheels, heated sport seats, sport shifter, navigation, and more. Steel rotors have been added to the brakes, and service under the seller’s ownership included new spark plugs and coil packs, a serpentine belt, and an oil change. This 996 Turbo S is now offered at no reserve with service records, factory literature, a Porsche Production Specification Certificate, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
This Ford F-100 Ranger was built on January 8, 1970 and is said to have remained with its original owner for 46 years. The truck is finished in white and black with factory Ranger trim, and power is from a 302ci V8 backed by a three-speed automatic transmission. Modifications include lowered suspension with DJM Dream Beams, a flipped rear axle housing, and new springs and shocks as well as a front disc brake conversion with a dual-circuit master cylinder. A new radiator, hoses, ignition components, and power steering box have also been fitted, and an oil change was carried out in the last 500 miles. This Bumpside pickup is offered by the selling dealer with recent records, a build sheet, and a clean Oregon title.
This 1969 Morris Mini-Minor Traveller 1000 is a right-hand-drive Mk II example that reportedly was sold new in England and relocated to Japan in 1981. There it remained until 2013, at which time it was purchased by the seller through Mini specialist Garage Grace in Yokohama, Japan and then imported to California. The car is finished in red with ash wood trim on estate-style rear bodywork over a red interior, and it is powered by a 998cc A-series inline-four mated to a later-model four-speed manual gearbox. This Mk II Mini Traveller is now offered in Chula Vista, California with a Washington title in the seller’s name.
The 1967 Saab 96 has been repainted in green over a refurbished white vinyl and black cloth interior and is powered by an 841cc inline-triple paired with a four-speed manual transmission. Additional features include a Solex carburetor, a period AM/FM radio, and stock wheels with hubcaps. This 96 was acquired by the selling dealer earlier in 2019 and is now offered with a tool kit, an owner’s manual, and a Washington State title.
This 1971 Triumph Stag is powered by a 5.7-liter Chevrolet V8 paired with a TH400 automatic transmission and was purchased by the seller in August 2019 from its previous owner in Illinois, who had reportedly stored it from 1995-2019. The drivetrain swap is believed to have been performed early in the car’s life, and the body wears an older repaint in dark red. The seller has recently serviced the fuel system and brakes, changed the fluids and hoses, and performed a tune-up. This Stag is offered with a factory hardtop, receipts for recent service, and transferable Maine registration in the seller’s name.
This 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC was reportedly sold new in Europe and was imported to California during previous ownership before being acquired by the seller in 2009. It is finished in black over a black leather and Alcantara interior and is powered by a 5.0-liter M117 V8 paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes smoked lenses, painted bumpers and cladding, chrome trim, 18″ AMG Monoblock wheels, automatic climate control, heated seats, and an aftermarket sound system. This W126 coupe is now offered with service records, a clean Carfax report, and a clean New Jersey title in the seller’s name.
This 1974 Bobsy SR6 was raced in SCCA competition with different owners from 1974 to 1986, reportedly reaching the runoffs in 1977, 1978, and 1979. Jeff Gold purchased the car in 1997 and continued to campaign it in vintage racing series. During Gold’s ownership the chassis was replaced by Victor Hertfielder, with reassembly carried out by Roland Johnson. The current owner acquired the car in 2006 and installed a 2.0-liter Cosworth BDG inline-four, which is paired with a five-speed Hewland transaxle. The engine was rebuilt by Savannah Race Engineering in 2017, and subsequent dyno testing indicated an output of over 300 horsepower. The owner also replaced the fiberglass body, and the most recent service was performed three months ago. This Bobsy sports racer is now offered by the Wilson Collection on a bill of sale in Jupiter, Florida with service records and logbooks.
This 1999 Mercedes-Benz S320 is from the last year of W140 S-Class production and was originally sold at Pohanka Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury, Maryland. The car is finished in white with a gray leather interior, and power comes from a 3.2-liter inline-six that sends power to the rear wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes a power sunroof, heated 12-way power seats, programmable power side mirrors, and power closing aid for the doors and trunk lid. This S320 is now offered on the current owner’s behalf at no reserve with a clean Carfax report and a clean Virginia title.
This 1960 Morris Minor Traveller was refurbished and modified in the 1990s with a repaint in red over a re-trimmed gray interior and a replacement 1,275cc A-series inline-four, which is paired with a four-speed manual transmission. Additional modifications include a custom fixed rear bench seat, four lap belts, a Blaupunkt stereo, and more. The seller acquired the car eight months ago and has since driven it approximately 300 miles as well as performing a tune-up. This Traveller is offered with a clean California title in the seller’s name.
This 1967 AMC Marlin is one of 2,545 built for the model year and was reportedly kept in two private collections from 1990 until the selling dealer acquired it in 2018. The car is finished in white and red over a red interior and is powered by a 290ci V8 paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes an AMC dash compass, an under-dash tissue dispenser, and an AM radio. This Marlin fastback is now offered by the selling dealer with a clean Arkansas title.
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