Keith’s Blog: Macan Hunting
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by Keith Martin
3d ago
A few weeks ago, in my discussion of how I bid online, I mentioned the different models I was watching. I concluded by saying that Chevrolet Corvairs and Porsche Macans were also currently on my watch list. Looking at online auctions is a lot like no-risk fishing. You bait your hook by putting cars on your “notify me” or “watch list,” then go on about your daily activities. Every now and then, without warning, your electronic bobber disappears under the surface as your list gets a hit. The no-risk part is that once you have a successful strike, you are not committed to reel in your catch. You ..read more
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Half-Japanese
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by Brian Baker
3d ago
1991 Plymouth Laser RS S/N 4P3CS44R3ME148237. 148,600 miles. “2.0-liter inline-4, 5-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive, 16-inch wheels, pop-up headlights, pop-up sunroof, cloth upholstery, automatic front shoulder belts, power windows, air conditioning.” Condition: 1. SOLD AT $5,538. Cars & Bids, 5/22/24. Chrysler teamed up with Mitsubishi to create Diamond-Star Motors in 1985. Chrysler had been importing Mitsubishis since the 1970s and selling them as “captive imports” under its domestic brands. Mitsubishi wanted to expand its own footprint in the U.S., following the lead of Hon ..read more
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California Cracks Down on Montana LLCs
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by John Draneas
3d ago
“Trevor” was surprised when a California state investigator and two sheriff’s deputies rang his doorbell. They were armed with a search warrant authorizing them to search his garage and to seize his cell phone. The garage search located exactly what they knew would be there — a high-dollar sports car with Montana license plates. The investigator explained that Trevor was in violation of the California law that required him to register the car in California, and to pay a use tax for that privilege. He should expect substantial penalties and criminal charges to follow. It was also suggested that ..read more
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That’s Mister Two to You
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by Jeff Zurschmeide
3d ago
The Toyota MR2 rocked the sports-car world when it arrived in 1984. With a mid-engine, rear-drive design that stood on the shoulders of the Porsche 914 and Fiat X1/9, the lightweight Toyota offered nimble steering and adequate speed at a truly affordable price. American buyers stepped up, purchasing more than 37,000 of them in 1985. Even with the introduction of a supercharged version, sales dropped off bit by bit until 1990, when the second-generation MR2 was launched for the 1991 model year. By most estimations, it was a much better car, with more power, exotic looks and generally higher per ..read more
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The Cadillac of Ferraris
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by Michael Sheehan
3d ago
In early May, Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 s/n 11429, a non-running project, was sold on Bring a Trailer for $78,750, including buyer’s premium. A bargain price! At least until one digests that it was fitted with a 4.6-liter Cadillac Northstar V8 backed up with a 4-speed automatic GM 700R4 trans, a non-original aluminum radiator and side-exit exhaust. Why the Cadillac engine? Why not GM’s LS V8, the default candidate for all manner of engine swaps, from Miatas to Volvos? As it turns out, the Northstar was installed in 2002, when it was the swap du jour (and the LS, introduced in the Corvette in 1997, wa ..read more
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Ciao, Bella Macchina
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by Keith Martin
3d ago
When I was director of dance for the Portland Opera, a large part of my life revolved around yearning, passion, searches, mysteries, findings and farewells. It’s not so different with the classic cars that roll in and out of our garages. After 10 years and 15,000 miles, I am selling our 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto. This car, s/n AR661909, came into my life on March 18, 2014. After a nationwide search, I found it tucked away in a garage in Gervais, OR, just 35 miles from my home. Duettos have always had an outsized impact on me, beginning with the first time I saw one in “The Graduate.” Yes, I know ..read more
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Keith’s Blog: Ready for the Road
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by Keith Martin
1w ago
We’re in the final shakedown period for the local Porsche club NW Passage tour. SCM is a sponsor. It begins in a week and encompasses five days and over 700 miles of driving. It starts in Portland, goes to the Running Y Resort in southern Oregon near Klamath Falls for four nights, then returns home. Team SCM has entered two cars, our 1971 Jaguar E-type V12 coupe and our 1975 Porsche 911S. Bradley and his navigator will be in the 911, while my fiancé Schön Hoeschen and I will be in the Jag. How did we decide who gets which car? It was simple. The Jag has GM-sourced factory A/C that blows ice co ..read more
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Keith’s Blog: Route Book vs. Mobile App
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by Keith Martin
2w ago
I have a simple question. I see an increasing number of rallies and tours offering the option of having the route available as an app on a smart phone. On the SCM 1000, we used both the  Rallista app and had a printed route book. Do you have a preference? Does using an app detract from the old school ways of turning pages and keeping track of miles? Does the app make it seem like you are just following a nav system like you might do in a newer car? Does the navigator become less involved with the tour? Also, route books offer an opportunity to have more information about the geographic an ..read more
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Keith’s Blog: A Clutter of Spiders
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by Keith Martin
3w ago
Two weekends ago, there were 10 vintage Alfa Romeo convertibles lined up at a rest stop near the Santiam Pass in Oregon. Cumulatively, they represented over 400 years of driving. Each year in April, the Alfa Romeo Club of Oregon puts on the “Old Spider Tour” to celebrate Alfa convertibles built prior to 1966. This year was the 46th. It is also a tribute to club founder Bob McGill and his wife Margaret. The date more or less coincides with the day Bob bought his first Alfa Romeo, a baby blue 750-series Giulietta Spider Normale from Rambo Motors, the local dealer. That car, under different owner ..read more
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Keith’s Blog: How I Bid Online, Part Two: Pulling the Trigger
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by Keith Martin
1M ago
Last week I noted that I always have a few cars on my watch list. At any given time, there will be a few marques I am following for no particular reason. Right now, it is Volvo 240s and Avantis. Let’s add to that Chevy Corvairs and Porsche Macans. Part of my desire to purchase a particular car comes from all of the elements falling into place. Those include it being one of the models I am interested in, with a price within what looks like a reasonable range, offered by a responsive seller, and located not too far away. And of course, it has to be a solid car. These factors can mix and match in ..read more
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