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1991 Aston Martin Virage

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1991 Aston Martin Virage

Seller:  Runnymede Motor Company

Odometer: 43,000

Engine: 32 valve 5.3 Liter V8

Phone:

+44 (0)1753 644599
+44 (0) 7836 222111

Location: United Kingdom

Price $61,913 US Dollars

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The Aston Martin Virage has had same owner for the last 12 years.    The Virage was built between 1989 -1995  and the total production was only 365 unit.    You wont see this car everyday.    Many parts were sourced from other cars.  For example,  GM , Jaguar, and Ford provided the steering column , climate control panel, and dash switches.    Ford acquired Aston Martin and Jaguar just before the Virage was launched. I was always disappointed to find out parts were sourced from a cheaper inferior car.   Its one thing to be informed but to spot the part from a less desired car is depressing.

The Virage  was considered a heavy car even though it was all aluminum body.   It could reach a top speed of 158 mph.   Shockingly, the 5 speed ZF manual transmission was fitted to only 40% of the cars.   The more popular option was to order the automatic transmission with a Chrysler 3 speed Torqueflite transmission.    In 1993, the 3 speed was upgraded to a 4 speed automatic.    Later a 6 speed manual transmission was offered late in the production run.  The 6 speeds are the ones to own.

To this day, I cant stand the way Aston Martin names their model line up.   Its so confusing.

Aston Martin had the Virage and its high performance counterpart is the Vantage in 1993.    The Vantage was later referred to only has the V8 Coupe starting in 1996

1957 Porsche Speedster Sold for $605,000 at Hilton Head Island

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1957 Porsche Speedster Sold for $605,000 at Hilton Head Island
Auctions America 11/6/2016

The Auction estimate was between $200,000 and $250,000 but the final bid reached $605,000 US Dollars!

This car has been considered in almost near perfect condition. It is truly a time capsule. It has been stored in a suburb of Chicago since 1975. There is minor rust around the battery box which is one of the first places to find rust.

It was purchased in May of 1957 and racked up 25,000 miles form 1957 to 1975. The original owner passed away 5 years ago and a family friend purchased the car from the estate. The car has the original paperwork.

Aquamarine Blue Metallic Paint

US Spec bumpers and headlights

Optional coupe seats in place of the lightweight speedster seats

Original Owner’s manual , spare tire, and jack included

This speedster was found 4 hours from Chicago in Hoopeston, Illinois. It was purchased in Shakesspare Motors. The original owner John Casper gave a $50 deposit on May 31, 1957. There is a document showing the sticker price of $3,502 US Dollars for the Speedster. There is also documentation of John returning on June 6th , 1957 to pay the remaining balance of the car. John loved his speedster and was found to attend many Porsche Club of America events. What an incredible story!


1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster Factory Turbo Body

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1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster Factory Turbo Body (964 Model)

Odometer: 144,800 miles
Black
Manual Transmission
6 cylinder
Condition: Excellent

Price: $69,900 US Dollars

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I saw one of these in dark blue sell less than a year ago for $79,000. The prices seem to have climbed to $100k since then. This one is discounted due to the higher miles. I still think its worth it due to the rarity of the America Roaster. Only 250 were made for the US markets from 1992 to 1993. Its a good looking car and should hold its value very well.

1955 Powell Truck

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1955 Powell Truck

6 cylinders

Rear Wheel Drive

Manual Transmission

Blue

Rebuilt Title

Price $9,000 US dollars

I dont think I have ever seen a Powell Truck or ever heard of one. Only 1 picture was given in the ad. This car was built by the Powell Manufacturing Company in Compton, California. PMC was widely known for motor scooters that were popular in the 1940s. Between September 1954 and March 1957 they manufactured Sport Wagons. They were built on modified Plymouth chassis. Overall PMC built approximately 1,200 pickup trucks total. Its always fun for me to do research on a car that may not be an appreciating classic but something that deserves to be recognized as automotive history.

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In Motor Life magazine, Oct 1955 issue, the PMC truck was called “an obvious choice as one of the most interesting and unique automobiles in the U.S.”

In the February 1956 issue of Motor Trend, magazine co-founder Walt Woron concluded his article: “The Powell Brothers, then, have succeeded in their purpose: to provide a vehicle that ‘… can’t be beat for general utility…[that makes] the perfect runabout or 2nd family car…'”

 

1969 BMW 1602 Convertible Baur

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1969 BMW 1602 Convertible Baur

Odometer: 37,000 miles

Location : Larchmont, New York

Price $28,500 US Dollars

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This BMW uses a 1,5744 CC SOHC inline 4 cylinder engine

Single Solex downdraft carburetor

85 BHP at 5700 rpm

4 speed manual gear fox

Front disc brakes and rear drum hydraulic brakes

This convertible model was introduced in September 1967 as a limited production cabriolet which was produced by Baur from 1967 to 1971. There were 4,210 cabriolets produced.

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