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See Where They Rust: 1961 Austin-Healey 3000

See Where They Rust: 1961 Austin-Healey 3000

“See Where They Rust” is a series and category where we feature listings that do a particularly good job displaying where certain models tend to suffer from rust. We love looking for rust-free cars, but we have learned a ton about how to inspect the dry cars from looking at photos of heavily rusted models. Obviously floors and rocker panels are always at risk, but every model has different special areas where they corrode. We hope that this series is informative and helpful when you are verifying the claims of sellers and their “99% rust free” cars. -BaT

This 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 is heavily rusted throughout, and missing its 2.9-liter BMC C-series straight-six altogether. The car reportedly been with the same individual since the early 1970’s, though we can’t begin to speculate where it’s been stored during that time. Described by the listing dealer as a “strong parts car,” this Big Healey retains what could be some salvageable trim, as well as a decent pair of headlights and horns. Likely original knock-off wire wheels are heavily corroded too, but at least the instruments look surprisingly good–from the outside, anyway. Find it here on eBay in Los Angeles, California for $2,950 OBO.

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Video Inspiration: Phil Hill Rebuilds & Competes in Ferrari 750 Monza at Inaugural Road America Race

Video Inspiration: Phil Hill Rebuilds & Competes in Ferrari 750 Monza at Inaugural Road America Race

This nearly hour-long video compiles wonderful vintage color footage with text and a Frank Sinatra soundtrack to tell the story of George Tilp and Phil Hill’s efforts to rebuild and prep George’s Ferrari 750 Monza for the inaugural race at Road America. Held on September 10th, 1955, this race set the stage for an epic battle between Briggs Cunningham’s driver Sherwood Johnston in his D-Type Jaguar, and Hill in his freshly-recommissioned big-bore-four Ferrari, a clash resulting in a spectacular photo finish.

It’s all caught on film here, and with such vivid, atmospheric, and surprisingly professional images, we don’t even miss what would have certainly been a spine-tingling mechanical soundtrack. Be sure to set aside some quiet time this weekend and give it a watch–we promise you’ll come away feeling inspired and refreshed.

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Anticipating C8: The Tortured History of the Mid-Engined Corvette, Pt. 1

Anticipating C8: The Tortured History of the Mid-Engined Corvette, Pt. 1

It’s all but confirmed–the C8, or at least a version of it–will be the first mid-engined Corvette to reach production, ending a string of fascinating-but-ultimately-stillborn concepts, development mules, and experimental prototypes stretching back to almost the very beginning of the ‘Vette itself.

Chances are BaT readers will already be familiar with the mid-engined C8–which may be called Zora in honor of the visionary “Father of the Corvette,” Mr. Arkus-Duntov–thanks to feverish auto press coverage of every new rumor or patent filing leaked over the past few years, including by the likes of Road & Track, Car and Driver, Automobile and other major print and internet mags.

None of these reports have done anything to dampen our excitement, and a few have provided some very insightful perspective–none we’ve read, however, speculate on the timing of the C8, and why exactly GM has decided that now is the right time to finally unleash a mid-engined ‘Vette, particularly as the field of potential supercar-segment competitors is healthier and more crowded than ever before.

Will the C8 be the last internal-combustion Corvette? Will it be the last Corvette, period? There’s no way to be certain, but we can’t wait to see the final production version regardless. In the meantime, let’s take a look back at the long, troubled, convoluted, and finally fruitful history of the mid-engined Corvette, starting in 1960 with an open-wheeled, fuel-injected hillclimber called CERV.

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Yesterday’s comments of note

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

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BaT Auction: 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi

BaT Auction: 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi

This 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi shows 65k miles and is powered by a fuel-injected 4.9L flat-12 mated to a gated 5-speed manual transaxle. Finished in two-tone red and black over a black leather interior, the car is one of 1,007 BB 512i models produced. The engine received a valve job in 2006, and a timing belt and brake system service were commissioned less than 1,500 miles ago at a cost of $16k. The selling dealer acquired the car a few months ago and has included over 50 pages of invoices spanning nearly 30 years of services. This Berlinetta Boxer is now being offered in Bremerton, Washington with a manual, tool kit, and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: 2700-Mile 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

BaT Auction: 2700-Mile 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

This Ford Mustang Boss 302 is #817 produced for the 2013 model year and shows just under 2,700 miles after six years with its original owner. The car is powered by a 5.0L Road Runner V8 paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and finished in School Bus Yellow over optional Recaro seats. The seller purchased it new through Galpin Ford, then took it to Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys, California for modifications including a BBK Power Plus 90mm throttle body and cold air intake, a single-piece aluminum driveshaft, Eibach Pro Series lowering springs, black Ford Racing wheels, a rear seat delete with a Steeda cross-brace, and more. This Boss 302 is offered with records from new, factory books and accessories, two car covers, a battery tender, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1979 Jeep Cherokee at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1979 Jeep Cherokee at No Reserve

This 1979 Jeep Cherokee 4×4 is finished in two-tone blue with a light blue interior and powered by a 258ci inline-six paired with a 3-speed manual transmission. The truck was acquired approximately a year ago from a Northern California ranch by the selling dealer, and subsequent service included a new battery, tires, and fuel pump as well as paint correction. This FSJ is offered with factory literature and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

BaT Auction: 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

This 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE is finished in Dark Green over tan leather and was acquired by the selling dealer a year ago. Power is provided by a fuel-injected 2.8L inline-six mated to a 4-speed column-shifted automatic transmission. A July 2014 service included installing an auxiliary fan, adjusting the valves, repairing the radiator and oil cooler, and replacement of the water pump, hoses, valve cover gasket, and more. This W108 is offered with records from the 2014 work, a Mercedes-Benz data card, factory books, and a clean Washington State title.

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BaT Auction: 1971 Datsun 240Z

BaT Auction: 1971 Datsun 240Z

This 1971 Datsun 240Z has been with the same family for 45 years and was inherited by the seller from his father in 2014. The car has been refurbished over the course of the family’s ownership with rust repair and a repaint in gunmetal gray, while the factory 2.4L inline-six has been replaced by the seller with a rebuilt 2.8-liter version paired with a stock 4-speed manual transmission. Additional modifications include Rota wheels, Koni suspension, triple Weber carburetors, exhaust headers, electronic ignition, and more. This 240z is offered with a detailed photo gallery, start-up and driving videos, and clean Pennsylvania title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

BaT Auction: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

This 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL is finished in Signal Red over Palomino leather and powered by a 5.5-liter V8 paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The car shows 52k miles after 18 months with the seller, and work completed in the last year included installation of a new air conditioning compressor and other climate control repairs. This R107 is offered with service records from the last two years, owner’s manuals, a clean AutoCheck report, and a clean Florida title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet 6-Speed

This 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet shows 43k miles and is equipped with a 3.6L flat-six mated to a 6-speed manual transaxle. The car is finished in black over black leather, and features include 19″ Carrera Classic wheels, navigation, a Bose high-end sound package, power seats, bi-xenon lighting, and more. A June 2018 service included changing the engine oil, replacing a drive belt, and fitting a new battery cable. This 997 is now offered by the seller on behalf of his brother with a factory wind deflector, window sticker, books, various receipts, a Carfax report, and a clean Texas title.

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BaT Auction: 1999 BMW M3

BaT Auction: 1999 BMW M3

This 1999 BMW M3 coupe was purchased new from Markel BMW in Omaha, Nebraska, and remained with the same owner in Minnesota from 1999 until October 2018. The car is finished in Bright Red over black leather and powered by a 3.2L S52 inline-six paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Options include a rear spoiler, Harman Kardon audio, heated Vader seats, and more. The selling dealer acquired the car from its short-term third owner in November 2018, and has since replaced the clutch, valve cover gasket, and driveline fluids as well as repairing the VANOS lines. This E36 M3 shows 117k miles and is offered with service records, a window sticker, owner’s books, a clean Carfax, and a clean Minnesota title.

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BaT Auction: 17k-Mile 2000 Honda S2000

BaT Auction: 17k-Mile 2000 Honda S2000

This 2000 Honda S2000 shows 17k miles on the odometer and is finished in New Formula Red over black leather. Power is from a 2.0-liter VTEC inline-four paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The seller purchased the car from its original owner in early 2018, and has since added just 400 miles as well as performing a synthetic oil change. This AP1 is offered with an owner’s manual, car and cockpit covers, a clean AutoCheck report, and a clean South Carolina title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 27-Years Owned 1974 Porsche 911S

BaT Auction: 27-Years Owned 1974 Porsche 911S

This 1974 Porsche 911S coupe was purchased by the current owner in 1992 and subsequently refurbished with a repaint in white and new cinnamon upholstery. In 2002, the 2.7-liter flat-six and 5-speed manual gearbox were overhauled with new components, including updated chain tensioners and a stainless exhaust system. Photographs documenting the work are included along with receipts and invoices dating back to 1992. A service performed in the summer of 2018 included new lower valve cover gaskets, brake pads and rotors, deck lid struts, and more as described below. The car is now being offered on behalf of the current owner with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, the original manuals, and a clean Oregon title in the current owner’s name.

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BaT Auction: JDM 1992 Toyota Celica GT-R at No Reserve

BaT Auction: JDM 1992 Toyota Celica GT-R at No Reserve

This 1992 Toyota Celica GT-R was sold new in Japan, where it reportedly remained with its original owner until brought to the US by the selling dealer in 2018. The car is powered by a 2.0-liter 3S-GE inline-four paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and finished in gray over patterned cloth sport seats. A general inspection was recently carried out by the selling dealer. Now showing 62k kilometers (~27k miles), this ST185 is offered with import paperwork and a clean South Carolina title.

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BaT Auction: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa 6-Speed

This Porsche 911 is one of 462 Targa 993 models delivered to North America for the 1996 model year and was first sold in New York before moving to Texas with its second owner. The seller is an emergency physician who acquired the car in 2012 from a private collection of 993s in Austin, and has since driven 42k of its 65k indicated miles traveling to practices around Texas. The car is finished in burgundy metallic over a grey interior with black trim and powered by a 3.6L flat-six paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. Maintenance conducted over the past five years included a factory upgrade for the targa top slides, new rubber seals, fresh tires, and more. This 993 Targa is sold with an owner’s manual, a tool kit in a leather roll, partial service records, a Carfax report, and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1994 Chevrolet Silverado CK2500 6.5L Turbodiesel 4×4 at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1994 Chevrolet Silverado CK2500 6.5L Turbodiesel 4×4 at No Reserve

This 1994 Chevrolet Silverado CK2500 4×4 was sold new in Oregon and is powered by a 6.5L turbo diesel V8 backed by a 4-speed automatic transmission. This extended cab pickup has 99k miles and is finished in white over a grey cloth interior with Ulta aluminum wheels, Wild Country tires, and a spray-in bedliner. Since acquiring the truck, the seller has performed a general inspection and topped off fluids as required. This Silverado is now offered with factory manuals, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Oregon title.

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BaT Auction: 2016 Porsche Boxster GTS

BaT Auction: 2016 Porsche Boxster GTS

This 2016 Porsche Boxster GTS has just under 12k miles and is finished in GT Silver Metallic over black full leather. Power comes from a 3.4L flat-six paired with a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Options include a sports exhaust system, ceramic composite brakes, Adaptive Sport Seats Plus, a Burmester surround sound system, the Premium Package, Porsche Torque Vectoring, 20″ 911 Turbo Design wheels, adaptive cruise control, and more. This 981 Boxster is now offered by the selling dealer with a transferable CPO warranty through January 2022 or 100k miles, service records, a build sheet, clear Carfax, and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: 1988 Mazda RX-7 Convertible 5-Speed at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1988 Mazda RX-7 Convertible 5-Speed at No Reserve

This 1988 Mazda RX-7 convertible was first sold in New York and remained in the state until it moved to Arizona in 2008. The seller acquired the car in 2017 and it now shows 62k miles. Power comes from a naturally-aspirated 1.3-liter rotary engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, and a Magnaflow exhaust system has been installed. This FC is now being offered for sale at no reserve with some service records, an original owner’s manual, a clean Carfax, and a clean Arizona title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD 4-Speed at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD 4-Speed at No Reserve

This 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD wagon is powered by a factory-exchange 3.0L diesel inline-five that was installed 11k miles ago and is paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. Finished in light ivory over tan leather, this wagon features slim bumpers and Euro-spec front lights along with a manually-operated sunroof and chrome roof bars. The seller first acquired the car after the original owner left it with a repair garage with a blown motor. Acquired by the seller with a 4-speed manual tranmission, work over the past year has included the engine replacement, brake refreshment, installation of a new radiator and water pump, new clutch cylinders, and recent drivetrain fluid changes. This W123 is offered with factory literature, tools, and a clean Oregon title in the seller’s name.

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