Rare British Sport Car: Swallow Doretti

This little beauty is supposedly one of 263 made and uses Triumph TR-2 mechanicals with a bespoke, mostly aluminum, body and steel frame. We think that’s a winner, especially given the looks, which seems to take bits from early Ferraris and early Healeys. Plus, anyone who knows Jaguar’s origins would be excited about the Swallow tie-in. Continue reading Rare British Sport Car: Swallow Doretti

Reader Submission: Shorty Ford Fiesta

Here we have what appears to be a dramatically shortened Ford Fiesta. From what we can tell, a sedan front was combined with a hatch rear, yielding homemade three-door. If not that then maybe just the front valence from a sedan was used? What YOU think?? Continue reading Reader Submission: Shorty Ford Fiesta

Potential Kabinenroller Deal: 1955 Messerschmitt KR200

The┬áBruce Weiner microcar museum auction, in 2013, set a high bar for microcar prices, as some of the best example of the rarest and most desirable among the breed went up for sale. It seems that Isettas and Messerchmitts have kept fairly high prices ever since, so this Messy will be a deal if the bidding doesn’t go up too much and the reserve isn’t too high. After all, what’s not to love about a three-wheeled microcar made by a German aircraft company? Continue reading Potential Kabinenroller Deal: 1955 Messerschmitt KR200

GMC Sonoma Turned Psuedo-Rat-Rod

Rat Rod seems to be very loosely defined, these days, and this is an example. Most of this was once a GMC Sonoma/S15, but there’s not much left and a V8 has been shoved into it. The builder obviously likes chains (well, it is from a custom bike shop) and has done some cool little touches, but we’re not sure about the sum of the parts. Continue reading GMC Sonoma Turned Psuedo-Rat-Rod

1958 Singer Gazelle with Datsun Power

The Singer Gazelle is a rare beast here in the USA, and is a close relative to the Hillman Minx. That means it was originally powered by a 1.5L four cylinder shared with a number of other (now mostly obscure) British cars. This one, however, has been upgraded to Datsun B-210 power, which means something like 70 horsepower! Hey, that’s up from about 50, so it’s a decent percentage increase. Continue reading 1958 Singer Gazelle with Datsun Power