Face it, the hipsters won. All things quaint and ironically archaic are now universally cool and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. Case in point: this tin Toyota is the sexiest thing you’ve ever seen.
“This car looks sketchy and dangerous,” writes The Smoking Tire introducing Roland’s Datsun 260Z. Or at least, a car that looks mostly like a 260Z.
This 1973 Datsun (Nissan) 240Z is on a boat heading to China for “the greatest motoring adventure in Historic Rallying” right now. But not before our friend Matt Farah got a chance to kick some dust up with it in the Cali desert!
That sticker package was factory. The rest of this Jeep, not so much. Get ready for a quick drive review of the diesel Legacy Scrambler on Truck Yeah! soon.
Sit your butt down and pay respect to how great granddaddy could off-road back before the original Willy’s Jeep was so much as a sketch on a bar napkin.
A few months ago we drove a fantastically well-dialed 1974 BMW 2002. Fun as the car was on-road, it’s not historically significant or a desirable Tii, turbo, or even round-taillight variant. Which makes the price it pulled down pretty impressive.
The Land Rover Series 1 had all the interior you’d ever need. At least, as long as you only drive below 20 MPH and exclusively on goat paths. The company is rebuilding 25 examples exactly to 1948 specification at its Heritage Center.
“You can feel every ripple in the road,” Mark Walker affectionately says about his GN Thunderbug. The “car” is basically a baby carriage with an old airplane engine strapped to it.
To say that my daily Internet browsing gets a little weird is an understatement. Some days, that means I end up 473 pages in to an ADVRider thread and never figure out what those guys are talking about. Other times, it leads me to a site filled with the most beautiful bike porn I’ve ever seen.
We’re all wide-eyed over the brand-spanking-new Fiat 124 convertible, also known as the Miata’s fancy dress. But MotorWeek was running that bad boy before it had the benefit of Japanese reliability. Check out how the original did in 1982:
Tim Mings is maybe the only mechanic on Earth who wrenches exclusively on Honda N600s and Z600s, the plucky Mini-esque ultracompact cars that were built in the late 1960s and early ’70s. As he started his latest restoration project, he wiped some grease off the VIN stamp and realized, holy crap, he’s got the first one.
Even mighty old-school American trucks wuss out once in awhile.
For me it started with the wooden steering wheel. Something about that lacquer, smooth and grippy at the same time. It dug up old memories of a pool cue, from this time I was just out adolescence, hanging with my friends at a grown-up bar, trying to get some girl’s attention. That’s what it does. It feels like the…
Marvin Askew bought this Datsun 1600 in 1971, changed the oil every 2,000 miles ever since, and today it’s still nice enough to sit in a museum. Listening to this guy talk about his truck will make you want to go outside and hug your car.
The Nissan pickup truck known as the “hardbody” would be plucky by today’s standards but it’s still respected as one of the all-time great utility vehicles to grace American roads. Performances like this ridiculous race finish helped stoke that reputation.
Jonathan Ward’s outfit ICON 4X4 takes ratty old Land Cruisers and completely retools them. We’re talking scratch-built frames, huge supercharged V8s, and painstaking attention to detail with stratospheric price-tags to match. We figured nobody could bare to beat up on a vehicle like that. We figured wrong.
I went to the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show with an edict from my bosses: “Don’t just stand around and complain that there aren’t any manual-transmission rear-drive lead sleds there.” Don’t worry, I found one anyway, and it’s a fantastic old Acura NSX!
The U.S. Postal Service (remember those guys?) has a big new crop of pretty stamps for 2016, including this set of four classic pickup trucks. Beautifully rendered as clean and colorful drawings, forget mailing the gas bill—these are nice enough to hang on the wall!