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Low VIN: 1970 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z (and later 260Z and 280Z) was Nissan’s Japanese answer to those economical European sports cars. And they turned out to be more reliable than some of their British competitors. The 240Z first appeared in 1969 and… more»

Minty Hilux: 1983 Toyota Pickup 4×4

It’s amazing how a once-utilitarian vehicle has suddenly become a collectible showpiece. This 1983 Toyota Hilux 4×4 pickup looks absolutely perfect sitting on color-matched steel wheels with the period-correct decals running down the sides. The old-school Toyota pickup has… more»

Stuck In Low Gear: 1974 Honda ATC90

Many sources list the Honda US90, the predecessor to the ATC90, as “the first ATV.” It’s always dangerous to list something as the first, last, biggest, smallest, oldest, whatever. It almost forces people to research it and prove us… more»

1-of-26: 1987 Toyota Sunrader 4×4

Rarity claims can be a slippery slope, and a lack of relevant information and resources can make such claims challenging to confirm or refute. Such is the case with this 1987 Toyota Sunrader 4×4. The seller makes claims about… more»

Tiny Utility Van! 1989 Nissan S-Cargo

The S-Cargo was a small utility van with retro styling that was built by Nissan in Japan between 1989 and 1991. It was designed for the home market and only about 8,000 of them were produced across three model… more»

Scotty G’s Garage: 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

It’s been almost two years since I’ve done a Scotty G’s Garage installment, that’s crazy. What has happened to the time? I have gotten a few different vehicles since the fall of 2021, mainly motorcycles or other non-four-wheeled vehicles…. more»

Wankel Rotary Engine: 1983 Mazda RX-7

The Mazda RX-7 was a popular Japanese sports car that was in production for 25 years. Like most other cars of its type, the RX-7 had rear-wheel drive with a front-mounted powerplant. But the machine was differentiated by its… more»

Two-Stroke Tiddler: 1970 Yamaha 80 G6S

Even in a big country like the United States, bigger isn’t always better when it comes to motorcycles. A tiny tiddler like this two-stroke 1970 Yamaha 80 G6S isn’t made for cross-country travel, but I’d guess that a few… more»

Clean Xtracab: 1986 Toyota Hilux DLX 4×4

This 1986 Toyota “Hilux” pickup boasts the desirable four-wheel-drive setup along with some modest upgrades that give the truck a more modern appearance. The classic details are still there – i.e., the decals on the doors and the bed… more»

Iron Pig Driver: 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser

This 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser has been significantly overhauled to the point that it seems pretty close to being a turnkey driver. The seller provides a lengthy description of the numerous improvements he’s made to this FJ55, which is… more»

BF Auction: 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda made no secret that it drew heavily on the styling and spirit of classic British sports cars when developing the original MX-5 Miata. Motoring writers drew styling comparisons with the Lotus Elan, and there were engineering touches below… more»

BF Auction: 1992 Mazda B2200 Pickup

There comes a time in the lives of some enthusiasts when downsizing a collection is essential. Choosing which classics to part with can be challenging, and it is the one made by the owner of this 1992 Mazda B2200… more»

All Original! 1977 Datsun 620 King Cab

For most of us, a small pickup like this 1977 Datsun 620 King Cab is more than enough truck. If I didn’t have a small Japanese pickup already I’d be a serious bidder on this one, and in many… more»

Simple Survivor: 1982 Honda Accord LX

It’s hard to believe that this 1982 Honda Accord LX hatchback is even remotely related to the 2023 Honda Accord other than in name. It’s a half-ton lighter, 30 inches shorter, has 117 fewer horsepower, and a carburetor rather… more»

Cheap Wheels? 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta

The 1981 model year was the swan song for the second-generation Chevy Camaro. After 12 years in production, the design had run its course (sales were down by more than half in just two years). The Berlinetta was the… more»

Rare SSS Model: 1971 Datsun 510 Bluebird

Most will remember Datsun’s 510, a pretty common sight in the early ‘7os. It was an important car for Nissan as it ushered in their, “We’re here and we’re not going away” moment in America. Nissan exported cars to… more»