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Question of the Week: What’s Your Favorite Automotive TV Advert?

Question of the Week: What’s Your Favorite Automotive TV Advert?

Last week we asked “what’s your favorite ‘extra’ feature?” Inspired by an old Top Gear Saab retrospective clip, this QotW had readers digging deep for unexpected automotive features, some of which actually sounded quite useful, but were just as often funny, annoying, or just plain weird–even all four at once in some special cases.

Want to know which car allows occupants to ice fish through a factory hatch in the floor? Or which facilitates instant, remote-controlled retribution on backseat drivers? Click through to see the $25 BaT Gear Store gift certificate-winning reply, the honorable mentions, and of course a brand-new Question of the Week.

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BaT Video Inspiration: The Grand Prix Cars 1945-1965

BaT Video Inspiration: The Grand Prix Cars 1945-1965

Originally aired in 1988 on British television, this docuseries tells the history of the Grand Prix car from 1945-1965, starting with the very first Formula 1 GPs held after the end of WW2. Split here into six roughly eight-minute clips, the ~50 minute film begins with a slow, low, dramatic pan of the camera across a bonnet-less Alfa 158 accompanied by this narration: “The grand prix car, like a fighter aircraft, represents the pinnacle of the technology of its time, and that of the country of origin. For a decade following the second world war, Italian cars were supreme.” Don’t worry, the Germans and Brits get their spot in the limelight too, detailed with the same wonderful mix of high-quality period film footage, sound, and engineering detail.

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Yesterday’s comments of note

A few of the comments that stood out to us yesterday:

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Snoozing 440/4-Speed: Matching-Numbers 1970 Plymouth Superbird

Snoozing 440/4-Speed: Matching-Numbers 1970 Plymouth Superbird

This 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird (chassis 9789395053) is one of 1,162 440ci V8 cars that were produced out of just 1,920 total for the model year. Said to display just over 27k original miles, the car was until recently stored in a dry garage/barn for over 35 years, and while it wears correct B5 blue paint, the car appears to have been resprayed sometime in the 1970’s. Power comes from a four-barrel 440 Super Commando backed by an 833 4-speed manual trans and a 4.10 geared Super-Grip locking diff. Though currently non-running, the car looks to be in nice, largely complete shape and has certainly got our imaginations fired up. Find it here on eBay in Templeton, Massachusetts with no reserve and bidding fast approaching $160k with five days to go at the time of writing. Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission.

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BaT Pro Tips: The Auctions Page

BaT Pro Tips: The Auctions Page

Several months ago, we updated the design of the Auctions page filtering feature to make it easier for you to find the auctions you are most interested in. How to use these functions is the subject of today’s BaT Pro Tips!

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BaT Auction: Backdated 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 3.4L

BaT Auction: Backdated 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 3.4L
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BaT Auction: 1976 BMW 2002

BaT Auction: 1976 BMW 2002

This 1976 BMW 2002 was purchased six years ago by the seller, who since has added 15k miles. Power is from a 2.0-liter M10 inline-four mated to a 4-speed manual transmission, and the car is equipped with Hella fog lights and a factory sunroof. A repaint in Fjord Blue was performed in 2012, and the Marine Blue interior was refreshed with new upholstery on later-model Recaro seats in 2018. This 2002 is now being offered with service records from new, factory literature and tools, a spare tire, and a clean New Hampshire title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1993 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo

BaT Auction: 1993 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo
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BaT Auction: 1955 Ford F-100

BaT Auction: 1955 Ford F-100

This 1955 Ford F-100 pickup is reported to have spent much of its life in Arizona and was given a mild-custom restoration by a previous owner in Idaho, with work covering the cosmetics, interior, powertrain, suspension, and other systems as further detailed below. A rebuilt 351ci Windsor V8 replaces the factory inline-six and features aluminum heads along with an Edelbrock intake and carburetor, and a C4 automatic transmission sends power through a stock 9″ rear end. Acquired by the seller in early 2018, the truck is described as a nice driver that requires some finishing touches to compete the build. This F-100 is offered with several new and used spare parts listed in detail below, a car cover, and a clean Idaho title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 17k-Mile 1997 Ferrari F355 Spider 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 17k-Mile 1997 Ferrari F355 Spider 6-Speed

This 1997 Ferrari F355 Spider is a single-owner example finished in LeMans Blue that was taken to Colorado shortly after being purchased new in California and has been driven just over 16,600 miles. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V8 paired with a gated 6-speed manual transmission, and modifications include a dealer-installed Nakamichi 6-disc head unit, Xtant 302a amplifier, and clear paint protection film on the nose. A 2-year mechanical service was completed in 2017 as detailed below. This low-mile Ferrari is offered by the seller on behalf of its original owner with factory books, tools, and accessories along with a clean Carfax and clear Colorado title in the owner’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1929 Ford Model A Roadster

BaT Auction: 1929 Ford Model A Roadster

This 1929 Ford Model A Roadster has a known history dating back to 1967, when it was placed into barn storage in Chelsea, Vermont. The car remained in the barn for nearly two decades until being purchased by the previous owner in the mid 1980s. A restoration was performed circa 1987, and the car won a national national first prize from the Antique Automobile Club of America following the work. It is finished in Rose Beige with orange wheels and is powered by a 3.3L straight-four backed by a 3-speed transmission. This Model A has continued to compete in car shows during the seller’s 23 years of ownership, and it is now being offered for sale with a transferable Vermont registration.

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BaT Auction: 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I

BaT Auction: 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I

This 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I was acquired by the seller in 2015 following an extensive body-off refurbishment by the previous owner, including a repaint in Colorado Red over a fresh black leather interior. Power is from a rebuilt numbers-matching 2,912cc C-Series straight-six mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with electric overdrive. The seller has driven the car approximately 2,400 miles and replaced the brake servo, battery cutoff and brake light switches, fuel tank sender, and speedometer angle drive as well as performing a recent oil change. This BN7 is offered with a tool kit, jack, factory side curtains, car cover, spares, literature, records from current ownership, a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate, and a clean North Carolina title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1975 Porsche 911S

BaT Auction: 1975 Porsche 911S

This 1975 Porsche 911S is finished in Light Yellow over a black partial leather interior and was acquired by the current owner three years ago. The original 2.7L flat-six is mated to a 5-speed manual transaxle, and service within the last two years included a valve adjustment, new spark plugs, and air and oil filters. The car has been repainted, and wider 15″ Fuchs-style wheels with black centers have been added. This 911S is now being offered in Clinton, Washington by the current owner’s brother with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, owner’s manual, tool kit, and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: 1989 BMW M3

BaT Auction: 1989 BMW M3

This 1989 BMW M3 was refinished in Salmon Silver in 2012 and is powered by a 2.3L S14 inline-four mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The seller has driven the car just 1,000 miles in over six years of ownership, during which work consisted of an interior overhaul in black including a new dashboard, reupholstered leather sport seats, door panels, carpets, and more. A new oil pan, valve cover, gaskets, and thermostat were installed and an air conditioning service was carried out in 2015. This E30 M3 is offered with a clean Carfax, a 2017 California emissions certificate, service records since 2003, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1968 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

BaT Auction: 1968 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

This 1968 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 is reported to have resided in Oregon from the early 1990s until being moved by its previous owner to Michigan, where it was acquired by the seller in 2012. Power is from a 3.9-liter inline-six mated to a floor-shifted 3-speed manual gearbox. Work under current ownership included replacement of the fuel tank and sending unit, radiator, water pump, thermostat, hoses, exhaust, brakes, clutch, wheels, and tires as well as the valve cover, side cover, and oil pan gaskets. Additional parts and accessories such as new jump seats, running boards, and rear shackles will be included in the sale. This FJ40 is offered with parts receipts and a clean Michigan title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

BaT Auction: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

This 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL is a Canadian-market example finished in Blue-Black Metallic over a Medium Red leather interior and showing 68k kilometers (~42k miles). Power is from a 5.5-liter V8 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission, and a recent service included replacement of transmission cooler lines, new brake pads and rotors, an oil change, and more. This R107 is offered by the seller from Toronto, Ontario on behalf its original owner with factory literature, recent records, a Carproof report, and Ontario registration in the owner’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce at No Reserve

This 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce is finished in blue over tan leather and powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Modifications include a replacement soft top, wood steering wheel and shift knob, body side moldings, and CD player. The car has reportedly spent 15 years and approximately 50k miles with its its current owner, and recent service included installation of a new battery and a brake fluid flush. This Spider shows 111k miles and is offered by the selling dealer on behalf of its owner at no reserve with a clear Carfax and a clean Oregon title.

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BaT Auction: 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 6-Speed

This 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe is finished in Arctic Silver Metallic over black leather and was purchased by the seller 18 months ago from its previous owner, who is a longtime PCA member. The car is described as stock throughout and now shows has miles. Factory options include 19″ Turbo wheels, a Bose stereo, dual power/heated seats with driver’s memory, and PCM with navigation. Power comes from a 3.6-liter flat-six paired with a 6-speed manual transaxle, and the seller states that service records back to new accompany the sale. This 997.2 is now being offered with a Carfax report and a clean Michigan title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider 1750

BaT Auction: 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider 1750

This 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider 1750 comes from the final year of Series 1 Spider production and is powered by an injected 1,779cc twin-cam four paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. It was acquired by the seller’s late husband 15 years ago, and work performed during his ownership is said to have included body repairs, a repaint in the current shade of red, transmission servicing, and an engine rebuild. Approximately 2k miles were added under current ownership, and the car has been driven little in the last five years. This boat-tail Spider is now being offered for sale by the late owner’s widow with a clean Minnesota title.

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BaT Auction: 1937 Ford Coupe

BaT Auction: 1937 Ford Coupe

This 1937 Ford Coupe was acquired by the seller about six years ago and has since been refurbished and mildly customized. New underside sheet metal was installed prior to a repaint in the current maroon color, and a LeBaron-Bonney interior was also installed along with electric wipers, four-wheel hydraulic brakes, and more. Power is provided by a modified 276ci 59AB Ford flathead V8 mated to a 3-speed manual transmission and a 3.78 rear end. The car has been enjoyed as a weekend driver since the work were completed earlier this year, and it is now offered for sale with a transferable New York registration in the seller’s name.

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