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Current Project Cars
2003 Nissan 350Z
We’ve always liked Zs, and now we have one of our own. This bottom-of-the-market 350Z is destined to be more than just another used car.
2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDi
You may already know that we’ve added a controversial Chevy Volt to out long-term fleet to explore what alternative drivetrains mean to the future of enthusiast cars. Well, Volkswagen challenged …
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
We found this turbocharged wagon on our message board for just $2,000. Who said station wagons aren’t cool?
1991 Nissan 240SX
We think we found the last stock S13-chassis Nissan 240SX on the planet.
1992 Mazda Miata
Editorial Director David Wallens’ 1992 Miata has seen and done pretty much everything by now.
1992 Mazda Miata - Sunburst Yellow
This Sunburst Yellow Miata—one of 1519 built—was advertised for $700 on our message board. When we went to pick it up, the seller didn’t have a title. So we got …
2013 Factory Five 818
After letting our readers design the Factory Five 818, we’ll be building the first production kit. Follow along on our website as we find out what it really takes to …
1984 Mercedes-Benz 300SD
This aging oil-burner was bought on a whim for $300. Can we drive an S-Class for used-Neon money?
2012 Ford Fiesta
Hot on top of the new B-Spec racing series, we went to Dearborn to pick up a brand-new, no-options Ford Fiesta. We competed in the hot new Street Touring FWD …
2000 Subaru Impreza Wagon
A 2.2-liter Impreza wagon that we’ll be building up for some rallycross and road-rally fun.
1984 Porsche 911 Carrera
Wondering what it’s really like to live with an air-cooled Porsche 911? We find out.
1994 Mazda Miata Turbo
The fastest Miata in our fleet.
2012 Chevrolet Volt
The Chevrolet Volt has been called such disparate things as “the most technologically advanced car on the road today at any price” and “an utter, miserable failure.” Clearly, we had …
1991 Isuzu Trooper
Essentially a Japanese Land Rover, this Isuzu Trooper was purchased bone-stock less than a mile from GRM Headquarters and currently does triple-duty as a daily driver, parts hauler, and off-road …
1997 BMW M3
This one-family, two-owner, 150,000-mile example was purchased nearly new in 1998 by Associate Publisher Joe Gearin’s dad.
1976 Volkswagen Scirocco
Found on Craigslist for $850, this 95K original mile, 1976.5 Super Scirocco hasn’t been on the road since 1986! Plans include a 2.0 liter ABA transplant and period-correct suspension and …
1984 AMC Eagle
Used as a support vehicle for years in SCCA rally events, this Eagle Wagon was purchased in Colorado and driven back to Florida. It is used for rallycross and as …
2006 Honda Ridgeline
1985 Toyota MR2
Art Director JG Pasterjak takes on restoring this modern classic.
Completed Project Cars
2011 BMW 328i
A 2011 328i that we picked up off a used car lot at a considerable discount—but it’s a blank slate for fun upgrades!
2010 Sachs MadAss
The Sachs MadAss is an interesting mix between scooter and motorcycle. Capable of 55+ mph and 85 mpg, the MadAss features a clutched 4-speed gearbox and a surprisingly capable 125cc …
2008 BMW 335i Coupe
The 335i combines an almost uncanny combination of ride quality, handling and class.
2007 BMW 328i
Our new marketing and public relations guy Joe Severns has an affinity for German sedans, evidenced by his road warrior 2007 BMW 328i he has owned since new. This Montego …
2007 Subaru WRX
It’s no secret we like having a Subaru around. Combine great handling, power and five-door versatility, and it’s no wonder we like them.
1999 Toyota Camry
A Camry project car? Really? Yes, really. We were surprised how cheaply and easily one could get a V6 with a manual transmission.
1996 Dodge Neon ACR
We found an engineless Dodge Neon ACR that we just had to drag home.
1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The highest-mileage Miata on staff (by a hair) was bought with 173,000 on the odometer and some upgrades that put it into STS class in autocross. After a couple years …
1989 BMW 325is
Club Editor Scott R. Lear is campaigning this ‘89 325is in NASA’s Spec E30 class.
1987 BMW 325is
Tom’s donated BMW has been turned into a competitive autocross car- by a kid on a high school budget.