Author Archive: Tony Piff

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17 Mar

1969 Citroën 2CV6 Special

Talk about bare-bones minimal—the 2CV was designed for peasants in the French countryside. It’s pretty much a fabric-roofed tin can, compared to any modern car. But the underpinnings are strong, and the cars actually hold up well, even in the hands of James Bond. He used a yellow one like this to escape captors in […]

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16 Mar

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible

The 280SL was always more of a wine & cheese picnic-mobile than a hard-cornering rally car. The “Pagodas” offered the fun of two-seat open-top motoring with the luxurious conveniences of a larger car, like wood grain on the dash, leg room underneath, usable trunk space, and a soft, forgiving suspension. 1971 280SLs, like the one […]

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15 Mar

1957 Ford Country Sedan Wagon

This ’57 Ford Country Sedan Wagon has “not a speck of rust or filler anywhere” and “absolutely, positively no known mechanical issues.” The confident seller describes the body as “laser straight,” chrome and trim as “virtually perfect,” and glass as “original and perfect.” Station wagons in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s were just cars—they were […]

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14 Mar

1960 Chevrolet Impala 2-dr hard top

This ’60 Impala bubble top is a fishbowl on wheels. It has a panoramic 360 degrees of visibility, made possible by roof pillars so narrow that you’ll have to squint to see them. The squared-off trunk fins are less ridiculous than the swoopy bat wings adorning the 1959 version, and they give the car a […]

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08 Mar

1969 Ford Torino GT Talladega

When you think about NASCAR’s aero cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s, chances are you visualize the Plymouth Superbird and Dodge Daytona, with their sloped noses and huge rear wings. But Ford beat them both to it with its one-year-only 1969 Torino GT Talladega, which was designed and built with NASCAR’s super speedways […]

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04 Mar

1943 Ford GPW Military Jeep

Jeeps like this one were among America’s first entries into the world of mechanized warfare, with bare-bones go-anywhere utility, and things have never been the same since. The seller of this ’43 Ford GPW says he bought it because he liked the patina, which is “hard to find,” as military vehicles tend to get restored […]

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02 Mar

1971 Jaguar E-type Coupe

The E-type’s curves are undeniably sexy, even when chopped into a hearse and driven off a cliff in the movie “Harold and Maude.” Jaguar brought a new level of style, sophistication, and handling to the sports car world with the E-type in the 1960s, and you didn’t have to be an aristocrat to hope to […]

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