Automotive Classifieds of Interest

1965 Lotus Elan Vintage Racer For Sale

George emailed me over the weekend to alert me that his Lotus Elan vintage racer was available for sale. I pointed him to BringATrailer of course as they have a strong standing in the vintage racing community. His car is now listed there as an exclusive:

BaT Exclusive: 1965 Lotus Elan Vintage Racer:

Additional detail on the car from George:

The car is a 1965 Lotus elan “GTS” race car, this is a real vintage race car (meaning it has period race history) The car is configured as a 26R but is not one of the documented factory cars. Has most all of the appropriate and correct homologation pieces that a fully kitted lotus race car would have. The 4 spoke, peg drive, magnesium wheels that the lotus used on the purpose build ( formula cars) alloy drive train ( lotus would substitute magnesium for any piece that was iron, or even aluminum in order to drive the weight down . Engine on the car is the venerable lotus twin cam as pre-prepared by BRM ( same company that was a Formula 1 rival to Lotus in the the 60’s but also an engine supplier and did race engines for the production based cars like the 26R, 47 and Cortina. Cosworth had the contract for the formula and group 4 cars ) to phase 4 spec.

These cars define lightweight sports cars and the racing versions scaled even lighter. 26R’s were often classed with the Shelby Cobra and Ferrari GT’s of the time and in most cases only had to worry about the Cobra’s before being banned from production racing by the SCCA in 66 (I never knew they banned the 26R ,but Dave Bean says they did, the Lotus super seven ban is more widely known about ). The light weight makes these cars accelerate and stop far better than their peers -lotus also have a deserved reputation for being able to make a car go around a corner.

There is a lot of chatter in the comments section of the BaT post regarding the wheels. But it’s great to see all the enthusiasts come together to add their expertise to the mix. One thing they all agree on:

That is one REALLY GOOD LOOKING ELAN and worth every penny of $50k.

That really sums it up doesn’t it?!

Since George contacted me, he has now shot a couple of short videos of the car, including this one with the engine running and blipping the throttle:

Oh what a sound, and I love the side exit for the exhaust!

Thanks for contacting me George, and good luck with your sale!



1990 Honda NC30 VFR400R For Sale in Alabama

Update 1.29.09: New price of $6500, updated link, and see comments for contact email.

Scott dropped me a line with a link to his beautiful 1990 Honda NC30 VFR400R on Craigslist:

1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 For Sale in Alabama1990 Honda VFR400R NC30 For Sale in Alabama

quote from his ad on Craigslist:

Health issue forces sale.

Very rare, street legal, low miles,new tires Conti Road Attack rear Sport Attack front, rebuilt front shocks race set up, gsxr fully adjustable rear shock, Viper exhaust, Paddock stand, spare Tyga rear solo fairing, complete restoration every bolt was put through a tumbler, frame and motor were not seperated, Renthal chain and rear sprocket, correct paint code from RC30 PPG paint. Way too many extra parts to list well over 1500 in parts. This bike would be great for someone short, even women, even comfortable for a 5ft10 rider. You will not finD a finer example of this bike in the South East aside from a collection, nor will you likely see another when riding. It always gets attention. ZERO JOY RIDES, and price is firm.

Looks awesome, Scott. Good luck with the sale!



Restored MK1 and MK2 GTi’s: These Are Real and Not for Kids

BringATrailer beat me to the punch featuring this great MK1 GTi for Sale on VWVortex (FL, $10.5k):

VW MK1 GTi For Sale White Restored

I had actually spotted this MK2 GTi, for sale by the same owner as the car above, this morning surfing the Vortex before work:

1992 Black GTI 2L 16 valve, 100% restored to factory correct specs (FL, $11.5k):

Volkswagen MK2 GTi 1992 2L 16V For Sale Black

A bunch of whining kids start piling on about how high the prices are on these cars in both threads. While the prices are potentially record setting, I have actively been on the lookout for a clean MK2 GTi or GLi and examples of decent quality often have asking prices of $5k+. The fact that these are FAR nicer than the decent one’s I’ve seen, they should command a significantly higher asking. And while the kids would love to own these, the kids that grew up with these cars can see the value and can actually afford to buy them. I doubt they’ll sell overnight, but an enthusiast or a creative investor will eventually step up.