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V12-powered 1986 Jaguar XJS coupe in Sebring Red and tan


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The Jaguar looks racy in Sebring Red

There is something magical about a V12 engine.  They are under the hoods of some of the most-exclusive high-performance cars in the world. Think Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin.

The sound of a V12 engine is unlike any other engine type, with a turbine-like whirr that is absolutely addicting. There is a downside with a V12-powered sports or GT car, besides the terrible fuel mileage: just about every V12 collector car is very expensive.

But there is a V12-powered car that you can buy for less money than the price of a used Honda Accord – the jaguar XJS.

The Pick of the Day is a 1986 Jaguar XJS coupe finished in Sebring Red with a tan leather interior.  The 3-owner car is powered by its original 5.3-liter V12 engine rated at 265 horsepower, according to the Kentwood, Michigan, dealer advertising the Jag on ClassicCars.com.

The XJS was Jaguar’s replacement for the E-Type, supplanting the sports car with a luxury GT that came standard with an automatic transmission.  That was thought of as a huge mistake, to put it lightly.  People were not pleased with the replacement, and for years the XJS was considered a failure.

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But as time went on, the XJS became more and more popular, owned by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tom Petty, actor Patrick Stewart and Princess Diana.

And year by year, the XJS got better and better, so that the mid-1980s, it was often compared to the Mercedes SEC and BMW 6-series cars. When production ended in 1996 after more than 20 years, Jaguar had built 115,413 of them. In comparison, from 1961 to 1974 Jaguar produced 67,300 E-Types. Not bad for a car thought of as a failure.

The seller describes this XJS as a nice example that comes with all books, tools and service history.  The paint is said to have good gloss, although with a few stone chips acquired during its 92,000-mile history.

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The
interior appears to be in exceptional condition with the leather in terrific
shape and no visible cracks in the wood trim. The only modification shown is an
aftermarket steering wheel, which if it were mine would be replaced with a
correct factory wheel.

Both the engine compartment and the underside of this XJS look just as clean as the rest of the car, with no sign of rust or neglect.

There are plenty of XJSs on the market but it is tremendously important to buy the best example available as an XJS that requires any major work can get very expensive.

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This
XJS has an asking price of only $11,900, which seems like a solid bargain for a
V12-powered GT in apparently great condition.

 To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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This is 1 of only 16 surviving Exner-designed Blackhawks | ClassicCars.com Journal


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Former Chrysler design head Virgil Exner styled the Stutz Blackhawk

When is a Pontiac not a Pontiac? When it’s become one of the Stutz Blackhawks designed by none other than former Chrysler styling chief Virgil Exner. The Pick of the Day is a 1971 Stutz Blackhawk that is one of only 16 surviving examples, according to the St. Louis dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com

While at Chrysler, Exner was responsible for the finned “Forward Look” designs of the 1950s and for a series of some of the most spectacular concept cars ever created in an American automotive design studio. 

“Following an acrimonious departure from Chrysler in 1962, he served as a consultant and worked on personal projects,” the dealer says of Exner. “In the mid-1960s, Exner designed a series of so-called ‘Revival Cars,’ which were his interpretations of defunct classic-era automobiles including Mercer, Duesenberg, Bugatti, Pierce-Arrow, Packard and Stutz.”

Exner was able to find financial backing to put his Stutz Blackhawk design into limited production.

“Virgil Exner’s vision of the Stutz Blackhawk was realized as a stylish, high-performance grand touring coupe, using American-sourced components in an exclusive, coachbuilt Italian suit,” the dealer notes. 

“In the spirit of the luxurious and exclusive Dual-Ghia of the 1950s, the original Blackhawk was a fully engineered, hand-built motorcar, not a kit or fiberglass replica. The costly production process involved shipping a complete Pontiac Grand Prix (purchased at retail!) to Carrozzeria Padane in Modena, who discarded the entire body and interior. The new coachwork shared nothing with the donor car, and each completed shell got high-quality paint and luxurious leather and wood trimmings to the buyer’s specification.”

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First-year 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442, updated for power, drivability


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The Olds wears a set of vintage Cragar SS wheels

Prompted by the booming success of the 1964 Pontiac GTO, fellow GM brand Oldsmobile quickly created its own midsize performance car. Oldsmobile’s was based on the popular Cutlass model, dubbed the 442 for its combination of 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission and dual exhaust. 

The 442 became available for Cutlass and F-85 models as a $285 option. Power was provided by a hotter version of Oldsmobile’s 5.4-liter V8 with an output of 310 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque.

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The Pick of the Day is from that first year, a 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass F-85 442 that has been restored and upgraded with more power and drivability.  The seller, a dealer in Jefferson, Wisconsin, advertising the Olds on ClassicCars.com, says the hardtop came from the factory as a 442. 

 “We know enough about the quirks of this car to state that it is an original first-year 442,” the dealer says in the ad.

“This car was built at the Fremont, CA plant and spent its entire productive life in CA and CO,” the ad says.  “In the mid-90s, a man from Missouri performed a complete restoration.  He is responsible for the performance modifications. 

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“For the past 16 years, it was just up the road in the hands of a Certified Oldsmobile mechanic.  His tenure as the caretaker offered even more improvements.”  

The engine is now a 455 Olds bored .030 over, the dealer notes, professionally done with a hotter cam, Holley Double Pumper carburetor, Edelbrock intake, headers, HEI ignition and 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust with H pipe. Power is fed through a 4-speed manual transmission, naturally.

Dual electric fans cool the refurbished 3-core radiator, and a
heavy-duty alternator supplies the extra current.  The engine has a new water pump, belts and
hoses, and the AC has been converted to 134a refrigerant.  The front brakes have been converted to
discs.

“The front end was completely rebuilt using neoprene bushings,” the ad notes.  “All shocks are new.  The car has been tastefully lowered.  A heavy-duty sway bar was installed.  The clutch and throw-out bearing are brand new.”

The restoration has held up well and the Oldsmobile is totally
presentable as is, the seller says.

“This is a great-looking car that has been well-thought-out and performs to a high level.  It has gobs of power, handles well, sounds great and has nice creature comfort.  The quality of the body/paint/trim is such that you will be more than proud to take it to any car show.

“This car has never been rusty.  The Provincial White paint is now over 25 years old and it looks great.  There is no sign of any body repairs, no bubbles or cracks.”

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A new set of vintage Cragar SS wheels were recently added, the seller says. “How can you not love the look of Cragar SS wheels on a ’60’s GM muscle car?”

The Oldsmobile 442 seems reasonably priced at $24,995.

 To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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’67 Chevy C10 was built for road trips | ClassicCars.com Journal


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Pick of the Day is this updated and upgraded 1967 Chevrolet C10 with a bed cap

The Pick of the Day is a 1967 Chevrolet C10 that the private seller in Grapevine, Texas, says was built up for long-distance travel, but is equally comfortable for short trips.

Advertised on ClassicCars.com, the truck is a long-bed pickup in Rosewood metallic brown, which the seller notes was a 1971 General Motors color option. 

The fiberglass bed “topper” also is of 1971 vintage and “makes the truck quieter, and unlike most, does not leak,” the seller assures. “It is excellent for camping, or just keeping your stuff safe and dry.”

The seller also has a camping tent available that goes over the back of the bed cap with the tailgate and hatch open. The truck also has been equipped with a sliding rear window.

The truck’s fuel-injected 350cid V8 engine was rebuilt by the previous owner, the seller notes. New, however, is a Tremec TKO-600 5-speed manual transmission, 12-inch clutch and new flywheel and driveshaft, and a custom interior with bucket seats, console and dashboard with tach.

The truck also has power steering, power front disc brakes, new rear drums, new electrical wiring, interval wipers and a new washer system, right- and rear-view cameras. 

The truck has been driven 5,000 miles since the mechanical restoration and modifications were finished in December 2016.

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God Save the Queen! 1977 Triumph T140V Bonneville 750 Silver Jubilee | ClassicCars.com Journal


The Pick of the Day is a 1977 Triumph T140V Bonneville 750 Silver jubilee offered by a dealer in Temecula, California. This special-edition British bike was one of 2,000 built (1,000 for the US and 1,000 for the UK) celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as the Monarch of England.

The original Triumph Bonneville, the T120 began production in 1959 and with development, ran until 1974. The name was derived from the many speed records attempted at the famed Salt Flats in Utah. The T140, the second-generation Bonnie, featured a larger 750 cc engine, up from the T120’s 650 cc parallel-twin. This bike is the T140J, and it features front and back disc brakes, electric start, special-edition badging and a special “birth certificate” of build and ownership.

The mid-1970s were a turbulent time in the UK. A nationwide recession reigned and political strife, mixed with a musical and cultural movement could have cast a pale shadow over the significant event in Elizabeth’s still continuing tenure. The punk movement – with the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” as their anthem – and the worker’s cooperative that was running Triumph since 1973, faced major labor disputes which included a blockade and sit-in.

England was changing, and by 1977 a threatened shut down of Triumph’s Meriden factory, a government bailout and a new round of funding allowed Triumph to continue. Ultimately, the Meriden Works was shut in 1983 and Triumph was sold to businessman John Bloor, who produced continuation bikes, but then shut that operation in 1988.

Bloor would reignite the brand with brand-new designs and models in 2001. Well-received, Triumph Motorcycles LTD. continues to produce and sell motorcycles to this day.

Perhaps Triumph will build a special Jubilee version for the Queen’s upcoming 70th Anniversary? She sure doesn’t want to pass the throne on to her own kids, and at 93, is not showing signs of wavering.

The dealer has not posted an asking price. But states that the bike is original and has just 717 miles on the odometer.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Still Ford Tough: 1983 F-150 XLT pickup in original condition


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The F-150 still has its original paint and trim

The Ford F-Series pickup truck is American icon that
has been around since 1948 – now in its 13th generation.  On top of that, for 43 consecutive years, the
Ford F-Series pickup has been the best-selling vehicle in America. 

It’s hardly even a competition:  In 2019, Ford sold 896,000 F-Series pickups.  The next closest contender in the top rankings was the Ram with about 633,000.  And in third place was the Silverado with 575,000.  America loves its pickup trucks. 

Despite selling in such large volumes, the number of original trucks that remain in nice condition 30 or even 20 years down the road is relatively small, because these trucks were built to be workhorses. 

The Pick of the Day is an exception, a 1983 Ford F-150 two-tone, long-bed pickup with the XLT package, and it has been driven only 29,000 miles.  Aside from cosmetic patina that comes from being all original, it’s showing very little age. 

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The seventh-generation F-Series that launched in 1980 and ran through 1986 came with a full redesign both cosmetically and mechanically.  The largest engine available at the time was a 5.8 liter, 351-cubic-inch V8. 

This F-150, advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in West Chester, Pennsylvania, is powered by the more fuel-friendly (yet peppy, according to the seller) 300-cubic-inch straight six, coupled to a four-speed manual transmission.  It is said to be “fully serviced” and has brand new tires. 

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The selling dealer reports that the pickup is totally rust-free and it runs and drives beautifully.  It has cold air conditioning, the seller says, as well as sush classy accessories as bumper guards, “California” mirrors and running lights.

This unusual find is priced at for $11,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Early droptop: 1952 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet split-window


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The Porsche 356 Pre-A is equipped with US-spec interim bumpers

Early Porsche 356 sports cars are highly sought after, known as Pre-A models as they predated the German brand’s updated versions. Roundly aerodynamic, their appealing style and details authentically frame the original intent of these unique little cars that started off the Porsche lineup of great sports and racing machines. 

The Pick of the Day is a 1952 Porsche 356 Cabriolet Pre-A sports car, called a split-window because the windshield is two separate pieces of flat glass, and described by the Costa Mesa, California, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com as a highly original example with desirable factory features.  The floor pans are original, the seller adds, having never been rusted.

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“This 356 has many of its original period
specifications down to the last detail,” says the seller, a Porsche restoration
expert. “Most of the interior is original with the exception of the front seats
and the soft top that was upholstered 30 plus years ago.

“Dominating the dashboard is the original six-volt Telefunken ID51 tube radio with AM and SW, programmable by perfect ivory pre-selective pushbuttons. It also features the early steering wheel, which is unadorned by the Porsche emblem that featured on the later cars.”

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The seller calls this car “very rare,” with fewer than 10 split-window cabriolets known to exist.  The 356 has its matching-numbers 1,500cc boxer engine, and was a US import model with so-called interim bumpers.  The car was completed April 22, 1952, and delivered to the famed Hoffman Motors dealership in New York.  The car’s ownership and repair history are known since the mid-1970s.

 “The current owner purchased this 356 in Redwood City, California in 2008 as a keeper and loved the 356 just the way you see it today,” the ad says. “A lot of time and money was spent having the 356 sorted including rebuilding the engine, going through the braking system, fixing everything to work properly and having the original Veigel gauges restored by North Hollywood Speedometer.

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“Mechanically, this 356 runs phenomenal with plenty of horsepower, a smooth-shifting transmission with synchromesh able to upshift up and down without any effort, and the brakes stop the car as they should.”

Just 4,481 miles are on its odometer, presumably since its most-recent refurbishing.  The photos with the ad show an attractively clean and straight body and a nice interior.  The only clinker spotted in the photos is the convertible top, which looks rumpled and stained, and badly needing replacement. Not that you’d want to drive this sports car with the top up.

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The seller does not list an asking price for this rare 356, but any prospective buyer should know that these things don’t come cheap.  According to the Hagerty price guide, the average price for a 1952 356 Pre-A cabriolet is $205,000.  One in excellent condition would set you back $302,000, while one restored to concours condition could go as high as $455,000. 

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Rare rotary: 1970 Mazda Cosmo 110S export model


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The Cosmo coupe was the first Mazda with a rotary engine

One of the fascinating things about the classic car hobby is that no matter how much you know about old cars, there is always something else out there to learn about.

The first Mazda that I was aware of and interested in was the 1979 RX-7. Our neighbor bought a white one new and crazily let me drive it, and before I had a license. That RX-7 was fun and it offered more sports car for the money than anything else at the time.

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Mazda’s
RX3 had held little interest to me because despite having a cool rotary engine,
it was just a fairly mundane sedan. But before the RX3 came a sporty coupe that
immediately captured my attention when I first saw a picture of one, the Mazda
Cosmo.

The Pick of the Day is a 1970 Mazda Cosmo 110S export model. It is unknown how many export Cosmos were built, though we do know that Mazda produced in total just 343 Series 1 cars and 1,176 Series 2 cars.  

So somewhere in that Series 2 production run is where the export models were pulled from. It helps to know that only six Cosmos were ever imported into the U.S. during their production run.

The
Cosmo was a halo car for Mazda and when launched in 1967, it was the first
production car from Mazda with a rotary engine. Mazda named it Cosmo to tie
into the space race and to show that the little car company in Hiroshima was
looking to the future.

The first time I actually got to drive a Cosmo was at the Classic Motorsports Mitty in 2011 when Mazda brought one from their museum.  The Cosmo was an absolute gem behind the wheel, with the high-revving rotary engine, front disk brakes and perfectly balanced handling.

According to the seller, a Sarasota, Florida, dealer advertising the Cosmo on ClassicCars.com, this car has always been properly maintained and is in exceptional condition. It has spent the majority of its life, both in Japan and the U.S., in climate-controlled storage. Interesting to note is neither a Series 1 nor 2 but the rarer export model. You can tell because of the “Made in Japan” hood-latch stamp and the front air dam.

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The
seller further states that this Cosmo runs and drives well and benefitted from
a bare-metal paint job in the correct Swan White paint color, new wheels and
tires, and a proper hounds-tooth-and-black vinyl interior. The coupe is
right-hand drive, as were all Cosmos, designed for the Japanese domestic market
and exported to other RHD countries.

As evidenced by a certain 240Z that recent3y sold for more than $300k, Japanese cars are continuing to heat up in the classic car market. This Cosmo with an asking price of $139,900 looks cheap when compared with the 240Z sale.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Usable resto-mod Chevy C10 pickup truck with custom upgrades


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The 1968 C10 has been integrated with the step-side bed of a 1970 Chevy pickup

The Chevy C10 pickup is an enduring classic mainly because of its simple and attractive styling that looks good whether bone stock or as a template for a cool custom truck. 

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Chevrolet C10 that the seller describes as a resto-mod, with upgrades in both form and function that appear to have been well-thought-out and tastefully done.  And unlike some that get customized to the extent that they are no longer usable as pickup trucks, this one retains its ability to do actual work.  

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“This truck really has it all; looks, ride, performance, comfort and practicality,” according to the Manitowoc, Wisconsin, dealer advertising the Chevy truck on ClassicCars.com.  “Overdrive transmission, front disc brakes, cold air conditioning, tilt column, stereo, brake controller; it’s all there.  It is a lot of fun to drive yet you can still use it like a truck.”

In the well-written ad, the seller describes the changes and
updates.

“To begin, this C10 looks terrific,” the seller says.  “Completed in 2009, it had spent much of its life in the South, which provided a rust-free frame and body.  The bed was replaced with a 1990 step-side piece that lines up nicely with the cab. 

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“The bumpers and inner fenders were replaced, and the cab fuel
tank was removed in favor of a 16-gallon cell under the bed.  The truck
was professionally painted in Wrangler Silver and received tasteful
pinstriping.  It has also been lowered and wears American Racing wheels
with 275/60R15 tires. 

“And since this is a truck, there is a Reese hitch receiver and
brake controller.”

The newer step-side bed looks quite nice and integrates well with the overall styling of the vintage/modern resto-mod Chevy. 

The engine is a 1972 Chevy 350cid V8 with “a mild cam, Edelbrock intake, 4-barrel carb with electric choke and HEI distributor.” It’s linked with a rebuilt 700R4 automatic transmission with a 12-bolt read housing 3.43 gears.  Power steering and power brakes have been added.

“The interior uses seats from a 2008 Buick that slide, raise and
recline,” the seller notes. “There is also a tilt steering column to ensure a
comfortable driving position.  Along with the relocated fuel tank, this
makes for a great improvement in the 1968 cab. 

“The center console is from a 2006 Tahoe and provides loads of storage along with cupholders.  There is a set of Sunpro gauges in the center dash and a tachometer on the A-pillar.  There is also a Pioneer stereo with speakers front and rear.”

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The ad nicely sums up the qualities of this Chevy truck:

“It all makes for a unique classic pickup that hasn’t lost its utility.  And you don’t hear that very often.”

The asking price seems quite reasonable at $18,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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This 1987 Chevrolet Silverado R10 is offered for $28,700

With Chevrolet’s full-size C/K pickup trucks getting a mid-year redesign in the spring of 1987, the carry-over versions that launched the 1987 model year were re-identified as the R (4×2) and V (4×4), respectively. One of those 1987 Chevrolet Silverado R10 vehicles, being offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Arlington, Texas, is Pick of the Day.

The introduction of the 1988-model C/K trucks meant the R/V would be the last of their generation, but they were still popular enough that production continued into the 1988 model year as well.

As the seller notes in the truck’s advertisement, the change to R/V designation wasn’t the only update, “because the electric throttle-body fuel injection and powertrain control module were also incorporated into the trucks. This makes it a unique pickup that was born at a time when Chevrolet was incorporating more modern features and transitioning to new designs.

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