Vintage Car 

Lotus Elan Sprint (1971 – 1973)

The Lotus Elan Sprint was introduced to boost flagging sales. It justified its name thanks to a substantial boost in the engine department. A big-valve head with high-lift cams and a raised compression ratio raised output to 126bhp and the drivetrain was suitably toughened and braced to cope. Both coupé and roadster versions were built, with gold-painted bumpers and two-tone paint to set them apart from other Elans. Single colour paint was also available, but as an extra cost option. With a list price approaching that of the Jaguar E-type,…

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Vintage Car 

MG MGB (1962 – 1980)

Introduction The B was an epochal car for MG. During its 18-year production run, it became the world’s best-selling sports car, and went on to define the concept of the open-topped British sports car for enthusiasts across the world. And since it went out of production in 1980 (by which time, it was already a classic), an entire support industry has grown up around it. When launched in 1962, a upto-the-minute specification meant it was a delight to drive compared with its rivals, as well as being a significant step…

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Vintage Car 

Porsche 944 (1981 – 1993)

Introduction Despite it looking like a tuned 924, the 944 was vitally important for Porsche. A new 2.5-litre slant-four engine that was developed from the 928’s V8 proved just what was needed to give the front-engined model a genuine boost. The 944 shared the 924’s profile, looking like a smoothed-out 924 Carrera GT – and that was enough to give the new car genuine road presence. Handling and grip were sensational, and deservedly the 944 went on to outsell the 924 – keeping Porsche afloat during the tough years of…

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Vintage Car 

Mercedes-Benz W124

Replacing the W123 was a case of more of the same for Mercedes-Benz. Although the style was very much rooted in the 1980s, closely mirroring the recently-launched 190E, much of the engine range and running gear were carried over from the older car. Considered by many aficionados as the final ‘hewn-from-granite’ Mercedes-Benzes, the W124 is a satisfying ownership proposition. But there were plenty of advances – the multi-link independent rear suspension, was a significant improvement, while the all round passive and active safety performance was significantly better than before. The…

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Vintage Car 

1967 Jaguar 420

\ Engine ENGINE TYPEGasoline ENGINE SIZE6 cyl. FUEL SPECIFICATION— Body BODY COLORWhite BODY STYLESedan DOORS4 PAINT TYPE— Basic YEAR1967 MAKEJaguar MODEL420 Interior INTERIOR COLORGreen SECONDARY INTERIOR COLOR— SEATING TYPE— SEAT MATERIAL— SHIFTER TYPE— CENTER CONSOLENo

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Vintage Car 

10 Underrated Classic Cars

Few can afford most high-priced classic cars, so we put together a list of ten that experts consider to be undervalued or emerging, and therefore affordable, classics. January in Scottsdale, Ariz., is the place to be for the vintage, collector, and classic carsspectacle known as Auction Week. In 2013 the event broke multiple records and achieved $228 million in sales. Thirty-one cars sold for $1 million or more, including a 1958 Ferrari GT California Spyder that fetched a record-setting $8.25 million at Gooding & Company, and the original George Barris-customized Batmobile,…

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Bikes 

Riding Impression of the 2000 Buell Blast

It’s been a much-discussed rumor. It’s been the subject of wild-guess speculation and thinly-veiled references by industry insiders. But it is conjecture no more. The Buell Blast is a reality. And not since the Aermacchi days of the Sixties and Seventies has Harley-Davidson taken such a bold step in the direction of entry-level motorcycling. A statement made by Jerry Wilke, CEO of Buell Motorcycles and former Marketing Director of Harley-Davidson, explains more about the reasoning behind the Buell Blast than anything else: “For each year of marketing, the average Harley-Davidson…

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Bikes 

Victory Vegas Best Used Motorcycle

Victory Vegas. Courtesy of Victory YEARS SOLD: 2003–2017 MSRP NEW: $14,999 (’03) to $13,999 (’17) BLUE BOOK RETAIL VALUE: $4,555 (’03) to $10,380 (’17) BASIC SPECS: Early Vegas models are powered by the Victory Freedom 1,508cc air-/oil-cooled 50-degree V-twin with a five-speed gearbox. Drivetrain updates introduced in ’06 include a displacement increase to 100ci (1,639cc) and six-speed transmission. The current Freedom 106 (1,731cc) engine has been in service since the 2011 model year. All Vegas models feature low-maintenance hydraulic valve lifters, electronic fuel injection, and belt final drive. The chassis utilizes a conventional 43mm fork with…

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Bikes 

2018 BMW K1600B

BMW has officially entered the bagger market with its new K1600B, introduced at a press launch between the high mountains of Western North Carolina and the low hills of Upstate South Carolina in mid August. BMW said the K1600B has a “classic imposing bagger design,” and “an elongated streamlined cruiser profile.” BMW also added that it prefers the B to be considered on its own merits as a new model, rather than as a reworked K1600GT/GTL. But for those of us in attendance, that requires communicating a significant amount of information…

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Bikes 

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 First Ride Review

MV’s First Hyper Sport-Touring Bike Everyone with even a flicker of interest in motorcycles knows what MV represents: Mike Hailwood and the “Fire Engine” Fours. Giacomo Agostini – 15-time World Champion with his wailing, tenor Triples. Massimo Tamburini and the F4. Today’s MV it’s the F3, arguably the most beautiful production motorcycle in the world. There’s MV and racing. Obviously. MV and sportbikes. They’re synonymous. MV Agusta and a touring bike? You must be joking! So here’s the first challenge for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce. Customers don’t buy MVs to…

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