Vote: Classic face-off – Budget German metal


BMW Vs. Mercedes

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

Luxury German cars don’t come cheap. Correction. Brand-new luxury German cars don’t come cheap. Ones from the ’80s with high miles and dodgy engines can be dirt cheap.

Take these two for example. Back in the day they would have been obvious status symbols. Now they’re just big hunks of stationary metal and rubber waiting for someone to step up and give them a new lease of life.
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – ’80s V8 Coupes


Corvette and Porsche

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

Today we have a pair of mid-eighties coupes, both V8-powered, and both more comfortable on the open highways than twisty backroads. One is the same as it was when it left the factory – except for the usual wear and tear associated with a 100k+ milage car. While the other has been under the knife and is having a bit of an identity crisis. Both are cheap ways to get a RWD V8 coupe in your driveway. But which would you go for?
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – 1920s Fords


1927 model T and 1928 model A

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

Today’s competition features two very old Fords. Both are going to require you to get your hands dirty, and both will require more than a few spare bucks to get up and running. However whereas one has remained fairly stock, the other one is in the midst of a transformation to become a cool little ratrod. Although there’s still plenty of time left to de-ratrod it if that isn’t your sort of thing.
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – F-Body Showdown


camaro and firebird

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

There can be few cars so entwined with each other as the Camaro and Firebird. Through four-generations – five if you count the aftermarket Camaro-to-Firebird conversion kits – the two cars have offered pretty much exactly the same things in almost exactly the same packaging. Cheap performance. The third-generation F-body managed to take this formula to the Nth degree. Especially in Z28 and Trans Am performance trim. Today ratty examples of either go for a song, and even ones in good condition can be picked up for bargain basement prices. Sure you’ll have to live with the fact most people will think you’re either living it up on parole, reside in a trailer park, or both. But if you can get past that then it’s not too bad. I tootled around in one for a couple of summers and it wasn’t the end of the world!
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – Really Stupidly Expensive Edition


Ferrari versus Aston Martin

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

This is truly a Titan’s endeavor, as we are today pitting against each other two very rare and remarkably beautiful cars, that are well prepared to go under the auctioneer’s hammer and grab astonishing amounts of cash – if you ask us, somewhere north of the $2 million mark. So, this is not the usual vote about which one would best suit your garage, as the cars featured today are at the pinnacle of automotive style and of course, cost.
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – VW Beetle based WTFs


VW kit cars

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

The humble and ubiquitous Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most commonly used donor vehicles for kitcar builders. In this round of Classic Face-Off you’ve got the choice of two Beetle-based vehicles. But despite their identical origins, they’ve ended up as two very different lumps of fiberglass and metal. The only thing they have in common is that almost every one who sees them says “wtf?”
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – Immaculate 1990s Turbo Coupes


Nissan and Toyota

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

Today the competition features a couple of early ’90s turbocharged coupes from the land of the rising sun. Both are in fantastic condition for their age, but have also racked up nearly a quarter of a million miles between them. When new, both of them offered impressive performance straight from the factory, and to be honest, even now they’re no slouches. But perhaps what is most surprising about these two cars is their unmolested condition. Usually by now these kinds of car are onto their 12th owner, and questionable modifications have been added while vital maintenance has been overlooked. Not so with these two turbocharged homages to early ’90s Japanese performance bargains!
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – Expensive Troubles Ahead


BMW and Porsche

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

This week the selection is a bit different from usual. Instead of showing you a couple of motors which should get you salivating. We have a couple of sports coupes who are ready to get you reaching for that wallet so often you’ll have an RSI before the engine is warm. One probably more so than the other. Both of them were rather tasty coupes back in their day, and for some buyers age has only heightened their appeal, it’s certainly made them significantly more attainable.  It’s important to remember that when new, these two autobahn legends could have set you back somewhere in the region of $150,000 combined. But today either of them can be picked up for a few thousand dollars. It’s no wonder broken AC and leaking fluids are now standard features. Sadly just because their overall price has been decimated, it doesn’t mean the parts are always cheap!
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – Little Red Cars Edition


Karmann Ghia vs Sunbeam Alpine

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

Today’s light-hearted competion features a couple of European cars, one German, and one British. Both are characterful little vehicles, and both display shiny red paintwork. But from there on out the two start to go their own separate ways. One is a hardtop, the other a drop top. One has the engine up front, the other has it tucked in the back. One looks almost concourse, the other has had some noticable modernisation.
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – British Bruisers


Jaguar XJS and Jensen-Interceptor

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

Today we have a couple of large, heavy so-called “sports cars” which hail from the UK.  Neither is lacking in cylinders or displacement. But that’s about all they have in common. One is ready to go and appears to be in good condition. The other is going to require some (considerable) work. One is fairly common and won’t turn too many heads. The other is a bit of an oddity and should garner a few respectful nods from those in the know. One is red. The other one isn’t.
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