Let’s go back to the 50’s today huh? We can take a look at so many rides that fit the bill of a true classic but I’d like to look at one that is on the rise with collectors around the world. The BMW 507. It was BMW’s american influenced beauty that stuck a 160-HP V8 down into an all aluminum (yet very heavy) body. Despite it’s stunning looks the car never took off in America, mostly due to it’s price tag of over $9,000. It later became BMW’s inspiration for the Z8. Elvis Presley once owned one of these cars and swapped out the engine for a Ford Windsor 289 V8. These cars now fetch close to $900,000 at auction but I think that’s not it’s ceiling yet.
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You can go on and on about 1965. What was new that year? Not much…just the Chevy Caprice…the birth of the Mustang (and Shelby Mustang). Really? One that gets a bit lost in that huge year for automotive history is the 1965 Buick Riviera GS. The Super Wildcat Dual Quad 425 CI engine put out 360 HP and had power everything. Talk about a nice car all around? At all angles this thing is amazing. One of the gripes is that the interior is a bit sleepy. More comfort that sport. They are out there and can be had for around $45-50k. Just classic.
The Datsun 280Z is one of my favorite Japanese classics out there. The fellas at Datsun Spirit Inc. in Manassas, VA have a great option for owners looking for some extra power from the gas pedal. They offer a nice L28 rebuild (using your core engine). You can choose from three different levels of power potential. The L28 can be found in the 1975- 1978 model.