Chevrolet launched the Vega in 1970 with design from GM chief stylist Bill Mitchell and GM thought they had an ace up their sleeve. The lightweight Vega had a number of interesting engines in development, including an inline-4 with alloy overhead cam setup, a Wankel rotary engine, and an all-alloy V8. The bean counters pulled […]
The Lotus Elan was a cute little twin-cam powered sports car designed by Ron Hickman and released for the 1962 model year. It was a featherweight at 1500 lbs and people raved about its performance and handling…but it had no back seat for occasional kid shuttling. Lotus fixed that in 1967 with the release of the Elan+2, which added two small back seats and some length/width/height to accommodate the new passengers. Production continued through 1975 when the Elan was replaced by the Esprit. Find this 1973 Lotus Elan+2 offered for $8,500 in Rochester, NY via craigslist. Tip from Graham.
The Triumph Spitfire is a very small British roadster named after an iconic WWII fighter, the highest production British airplane of all time. The Spitfire vehicle didn’t quite achieve the same success as its namesake fighter plane, but it does have a decent cult following and gets lively if you up the horsepower from the […]
The predecessor to Ford of Europe’s super cool Escort (not to be confused with the abysmal US based front-drive CE14 based Escort) was called the Anglia — a patriotic name chosen a few months after the United Kingdom declared war on Germany in 1939. Production continued after the war and the Anglia was slowly morphed […]
The Suzuki Alto started life at the bottom of Suzuki’s Kei car lineup back in 1979. By the 3rd generation (1988-1994) its 125 inch length, 54 inch width, and 54 inch height made it similar in size to a pinewood derby car, but the Alto Works version with twin cam turbo power is anything but […]