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Why The Ferrari 400i Is Collectable

Why The Ferrari 400i Is Collectable

By Ronald Ahrens / 28 Jul 2014 / 10 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.
The 400i shows the usual hopeful aspects of the period: pop-up headlamps, overly obvious five-spoke wheels, and a sleek, large-diameter, pre-airbag steering wheel. This Ferrari strove for elegance and largely achieved it. And despite the electronic fuel injection leading to a nine-percent drop to 310 horsepower (but a more favorable emissions test), the 400i went down the road with authority, no matter which transmission the 4.8-liter twelve was mated to.

Why the Citroën DS Is Collectable

Why the Citroën DS Is Collectable

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 21 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

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The Citroën DS's suspension may have changed the course of history in 1962, when French President Charles De Gaulle was riding from the Elysee Palace to Orly Airport in his DS. Gunmen opened fire on the car in an assassination attempt, and more than a few of the 140 bullets shattered the car's rear window and deflated all four of its tires. Due to the car's suspension system however, the President's driver was able to accelerate out of a skid and flee to safety.

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Why the Facel Vega HK500 Is Collectable

Why the Facel Vega HK500 Is Collectable

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 14 Jul 2014 / 6 Comments Read More

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The Facel Vega HK500 combines a beautiful European handcrafted body and chassis with a proven, American engine. This type of combination has been used before–Iso, Bristol, Jensen, and De Tomaso spring to mind–but it’s a good one. You won’t have to worry too much if any mechanical issues come up, as you could pop down to your local Chrysler dealer, or even Auto Zone.

Why the Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda Is Collectable

Why the Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda Is Collectable

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 30 Jun 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

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An aluminum hood, deck lid and door skins saved precious pounds, but the construction of the Pagoda roof that gives the car its nickname is a marvel in itself. It is the work of Mr. Bela Barenyi, who headed Mercedes-Benz pre-development department. While beautiful, airy, and seemingly delicate, it is as solid as the body structure and designed to withstand a load of 1000 kg.

Why the Ford Mustang Fastback is Collectable

Why the Ford Mustang Fastback is Collectable

By Derek Shiekhi / 23 Jun 2014 / 7 Comments Read More

The Ford Mustang fastback 2+2 practically started its life as a collectable. There are several reasons behind this, but chief among them is that buyers were attracted to the car’s affordable price, sporty nature, and extensive options list, both mechanical and cosmetic. Just ask anyone who purchased one of the 77,079 fastbacks sold in the 1965 model year, when they were first offered.

Why the Land Rover Series 1 Is Collectable

Why the Land Rover Series 1 Is Collectable

By Yoav Gilad / 16 Jun 2014 / 6 Comments Read More

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Perhaps the highest praise that could possibly be paid to the iconic Land Rover, is that sixty-six years on, it remains in production (now the Land Rover Defender) and yet was only intended as a stop-gap product for Rover. It was effectively an instant hit.

Why the Karmann Ghia Type 34 Is Collectable

Why the Karmann Ghia Type 34 Is Collectable

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Jun 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

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The Type 34 is stately and is certainly more rare than the Karmann Ghia Type 14. But it's also far roomier than the Type 14 with more luggage space, as well. In contrast to what you might expect, the Type 34 is actually faster than the Type 14 too! You see, the Type 34 was fitted with a 1.5L engine, whilst its sibling made do with a smaller engine until 1967.

Why the Triumph TR6 Is Collectable

Why the Triumph TR6 Is Collectable

By Johni Parker / 2 Jun 2014 / 6 Comments Read More

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The  Triumph TR6 is not just a great car, but a sound investment, as they are still relatively cheap and haven’t found their value in the market yet. There's also a thriving community online for parts and advice, so if you're considering something to both enjoy and tinker with, the TR6 may be the perfect car for you.

Why the Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Is Collectable

Why the Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Is Collectable

By Yoav Gilad / 19 May 2014 / 9 Comments Read More

Not only could the Corsa pack 180hp, but it also included larger brakes borrowed from the Chevelle, a stronger differential ring gear, and significant chassis refinements were made. Sadly, the Corsa was short-lived, remaining in production for only two years. But a relatively short production run coupled with the most powerful engine for the model means that it is the most collectable model and will easily remain so.

Why the Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII is Collectable

Why the Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII is Collectable

By Yoav Gilad / 12 May 2014 / 7 Comments Read More

"The MkIII addressed many of the streetability issues of the earlier big Healeys and by 1965 the phase 2 had gone even further—namely with a modified suspension and an increased ride height. Phase 2s were long favored by enthusiasts, but the price gap between the two iterations has narrowed and thus might represent a buying opportunity as usability becomes increasingly important for owners."

Why the Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale Is Collectable

Why the Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale Is Collectable

By Yoav Gilad / 5 May 2014 / 9 Comments Read More

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"Long ignored by Alfisti because of their wild styling and heavier weight, Sprint Speciales came on strong in the market four years ago and values are now more than 140% higher than in 2010. And with roots going back to Alfa’s arresting BAT show cars, this is no surprise."

Why the Chevrolet Chevelle Is Collectable

Why the Chevrolet Chevelle Is Collectable

By Yoav Gilad / 28 Apr 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

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The Chevrolet Chevelle is pure, American unpretentiousness. It’s simple, straightforward, and designed to do one thing: cover the quarter-mile faster than anything else. To that end, the Chevelle was available with a top-of-the-line 454 cubic-inch (7.4L) engine option, making 360hp (there was also a racing engine option, the LS6, that was supposedly conservatively rated at 450hp!).