BaT Video Inspiration: The First Baja 1000 – 27 Hours to La Paz

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“Tired dirty and happy they finished the first running of the NORRA Mexican 1000.” The winning time, set by Vic Wilson and Ted Mangels in a Meyers Manx was 27 hours and 38 minutes. The 50th Anniversary of the 1967 NORRA Mexican 1000 is only three weeks away. “Some day when a broad modern highway runs the length of the Baja California, these men, these conquistadores, will be remembered with the same respect as those pioneers who crossed the American plains more than 100 years ago.” Check out the conquistadores here and be inspired.

Pacific Northwest BMW Buying Adventure: Part 4 – Cascadia Classic Photo Lessons

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Thanks for the great response to the Pacific Northwest BMW Buying Adventure: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. The story continues… I can spot a Cascadia Classic listing on BaT from the 1/4″ thumbnail on my smartphone. The photographs have a clean, professional look that sets them apart. One of my goals on this trip was to visit Portland, Oregon to watch Cascadia’s Bob Waldman photograph a car. Bob graciously agreed and told me to meet him at his shop at 11:30 AM since he likes to start shooting at noon. As a photographer, the idea seemed crazy to me. I would never shoot a car at noon in bright sunlight. But I checked my assumptions and decided to watch and learn. It soon became apparent that noon in Portland during the winter is usually bright overcast, which allows Bob to shoot cars without any shadows. Watch and learn, Bob knows his stuff. Bob’s galleries are always impressive. Check these out: When I arrived Bob was ready to go, he looked at the BMW 535is, nodded approvingly, then pulled the 1971 Saab 95 Wagon out of the garage, and we were off. Bob drove to his favorite photo location, parked the car, and was quickly at work. He travels light: a canvas camera bag with a Nikon, a short telephoto and wide-angle zoom lens, a tripod, and an apple box. His background as a commercial studio photographer is apparent–if the sun pokes out from behind clouds, he patiently waits for another cloud. He uses the apple box to get a higher view of this part or that. He plants his tripod in one location and photographs the car from the same side in the same light. Pro tip: for overview shots, the camera remains in the same place, and the car gets moved. Bob also photographs the interior completely from both sides. It is this methodical attention to detail that separates Bob from other photographers. Back in his office, he wants to look at each interior shot to compare the light and shadows and pick the better image. Even more importantly, he includes photos of flaws and the galleries are not overly processed or filtered so they convey an honest representation of all aspects of the car. After shooting for 60 minutes in a breezy 39 degrees, we went back to Cascadia Classic to thaw out with hot coffee. Bob offered a fine cigar, and I accepted. I asked him what type of cars are his specialty: “I love all cars: Citroens, Volvos, Mercedes-Benzes from the 60’s through the 80’s, four-door sedans. A lot of guys won’t look twice at a four-door car. I love them. I also love well-preserved low-mileage survivors. Unrestored, original condition cars are always in demand. Like the license plate frame says, ‘Follow your bliss.’ That’s what I try to do.” A native of Kansas, Bob has been taking photos nearly his entire life. He graduated in 1988 with a Media Arts degree from Kansas University. A year later, he moved to San Francisco to hone his craft as a professional photographer. He worked in a large commercial studio where he learned the art of lighting and the business of taking pictures. After five years in San Francisco, he had grown tired of looking for parking everywhere he went. He and his girlfriend Liz loaded up his Volvo wagon and moved to Portland, Oregon. They married in 1995 and have a 16 year-old son. “Since moving to Portland, I’ve had about 30 daily drivers in the 23 years I’ve lived here. I’m fickle, that’s how I got into this business. I would drive my wife crazy coming home with a new old car to replace the one I bought the month before. And each one was going to be the one I was ‘keeping!’ One day she said, ‘you’re miserable shooting for Nike, why don’t you start selling those crazy old cars you keep buying?’ So, I moonlighted selling classic cars for a year and made the change for good in 2001.” Of all the daily drivers you’ve owned, what was your favorite? “A ’37 Dodge Businessman’s Coupe tops the list. It was so cool to drive a car that was close to 80-years-old and use it like it was just a car. Every morning, rain or shine, summer, and winter it always got me where I was going. One time the fuel pump failed, but it let me know by spitting little bits of fuel; still working enough to get me home and not leave me stranded. I took my kid to school in it every morning. I would tell him ‘you’re probably the only 13-year-old IN THE WORLD that is going to school every day in a ’37 Dodge.’ After the tenth time I said it he would just nod.” “Part of the fun of doing this the way that I do it is the discovery process. I get to live with them, learn them, know them, that is what’s so special. When they sell, it’s like I’m making a connection with the owner. They get excited about the same things I get excited about.” What have you learned over the years? “The people I sell cars to, they don’t need these cars, they want them. They either owned one years ago or wanted one years ago. It’s a memory for them; a positive memory that I get to fulfill. I love that.” “I think that a lot of people make the mistake of disparaging cars because they’re not desirable in the marketplace; too ugly, too slow, or generally unloved. You may own a highly desirable and valuable car, but it can be an unhappy car. You may own a malaise era barge that most collectors laugh at, but it’s a happy car. You know the difference once you’ve lived with it for awhile, they’re like people, and your relationship with them reveals their personality as time goes on. It’s all about that relationship, so it doesn’t matter what the market’s perception is, it’s your perception that’s important. You just have to listen to what the car is saying to you; everything else is just noise.” Take a look here for how the Saab station wagon gallery turned out: 1971 Saab 95 Wagon. After decades of car buying, what advice do you have? “I believe that you can never pay too much for a good car, and you can’t buy a bad one cheap enough. You’re always better off buying the best that you can afford. Buying a project and coming out ahead at the end very rarely happens. And even if you do, there are other costs not accounted for: stress, disappointment, frustration, impatience. Buy the car that’s already done; you’ll be out enjoying it instead of pulling your hair out.” I enjoyed spending some time with Bob and watching his conscientious and thoughtful approach to his work. BaT is fortunate to be the outlet for his unique finds. We look forward to highlighting more of our great sellers. But for now, we were headed north to pick up our team members arriving at Seattle Airport.

Missed Opportunities: 52-Mile 1981 Benelli Sei 900

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This 1981 Benelli Sei 900 (VIN BGB01062) is said to be entirely original down to its factory-fitted Pirelli tires, and condition is essentially indistinguishable from new thanks to an incredibly low odometer reading of 82 kilometers. The seller says it’s been stored properly over the past 36 years or so, and promises that it’s ready to be driven despite the old rubber. Though these 900 versions were released in response to Honda’s CBX, the original, 750cc Sei of 1972 was the world’s first production six-cylinder motorcycle, and both models remain some of the most exotic and interesting bikes of the era. Find this one here on eBay in San Francisco, California with reserve not met. Reads the ad: “A remarkable, all-original Benelli 900 Sei–never registered, only 80 kilometers total. As-new in all regards, stored with care for over 30 years. Cosmetics are excellent with perfect chrome, polished alloy, and rich Italian Racing Red paintwork. All the original, unique badges are in place and in as-new condition.” Here’s a quick look at the cockpit and through the shallow fairing. Note the odometer–82km works out to just about 51 miles, all of which could have been added pre-delivery. Unfortunately the seller offers no clues as to how the bike came to be so little-used and well-preserved. Again, from the ad: “Mechanically cherry with extremely low mileage and proper storage, ready to start and entice with one of the most exhilarating exhaust tones ever created. Original Pirelli tires, Campagnolo wheels, dual-link roller chain drive and Brembo brakes all A-1. Ready to ride and enjoy or continue to preserve in as-new condition. Comes with complete Italian documentation. Will be sold with a current California title.” These later bikes lacked the 750’s radical flared six-exit trumpet-style exhaust system, but still sound great like the seller promises. It’s a shame this one’s never been enjoyed properly, but the opportunity to see one as it left the factory nearly four decades later is certainly pretty cool regardless.

No Reserve: 1984 Honda Trail CT110

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This 1984 Honda CT110 is a 1,400-mile example purchased and titled in 1985, the second to last year of US-market sales. The bike is said to be in original condition, and the seller acquired it from the original owner around 10 years ago. Approximately 200 miles have been added over the seller’s 10 years of ownership. Power is provided by a 105cc four-stroke single paired to a dual-range 4-speed “Auto Clutch” transmission. Owner-maintained since new, recent service includes a rebuilt carburetor, an oil change and installation of new tubes and tires. A factory buddy seat and locking storage box are included, as well as an unused battery and a small collection of spares and manuals. This Honda CT110 is sold with a clear Arizona title in the seller’s name. The bike is said to be in original condition, and was stored indoors and used as a runabout at the seller’s Northern California cabin. The Monza Red paint was the only color offered for this model year. Some normal wear is present, mostly rubs on the kickstand and fender stays, and a few stone chips around the fork and rear chainstays. The seller also notes some minor surface corrosion on the underside of the luggage rack and engine case guard. Tubes and tires were replaced prior to the sale. The handlebar clamp allows the bars to rotate 90º for compact storage. The 105cc single-cylinder engine is mated to a dual-range 4-speed semi-automatic transmission. The 4-stroke horizontally-mounted motor is equipped with the Capacitive Discharge Ignition. The bike has been owner-maintained since new, and the carburetor was rebuilt and oil changed in preparation for the sale. The dual-range four-speed transmission offers high and low ranges selected via foot pedal for variable terrain. An auxiliary fuel can is mounted next to the rear shock. The 1,430 miles on the odometer are believed accurate. The speedometer is marked with shift points for high and low range operation. A collection of spare parts, tools, and manuals including the original Owner’s Manual are included. A new battery is included, and has not yet had electrolytes introduced. A factory buddy seat and locking storage box are also included, but not pictured. Both can be fastened to the rear rack currently mounted on the bike.

1970 Moto Guzzi Ambassador 750

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This 1970 Moto Guzzi Ambassador 750 is a 41k mile former LAPD bike which has been returned to civilian specification. The sirens and police lights have been removed, but the bike retains the standard heavily-padded solo seat. The previous owner had the bike repainted in black, with new pinstriping and graphics applied. Per the seller, the bike is ready to ride thanks to recent services, including new throttle cables, brakes, rear shocks, and fluids throughout. This Guzzi is sold with a bill of sale and a Connecticut transferable registration. The previous owner had the bike repainted in its original black. The bike has been turned to civilian specification, with standard lighting and a heavily padded solo seat. The black vinyl seat appears near-new, and carries Moto Guzzi branding. After the repaint, the previous owner had the pinstriping redone and the Moto Guzzi graphics reapplied. The bike’s brightwork shows well, and even the headers show very little discoloration. The five place odometer shows a believed-accurate 41k miles. The standard Police issue equipment has been removed, including the spotlights and siren. The handlebars appear to be standard high-rise Moto Guzzi items. The switch for the 4-way flashers and the for the police-issue spotlights remain on the dash. The 750cc V-Twin benefits from new throttle cables fitted by the previous owner, and all new fuel lines and rear main seal fitted by the seller. The rear shocks are new, as are the brakes. Additionally all of the fluids have been replaced, including the engine oil, gearbox oil, and rear angle drive fluid. The only noted issue is with the choke, as the cable is disconnected. The choke is actuated using the lever on the carburetor itself. Per the seller the bike is ready to ride as-is with a smooth-shifting transmission. The seller has provided a video of the bike running, attached above.

No OBD-II: 1929 Morgan Super Sports Aero “Two-Speeder”

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This 1929 Morgan Super Sports (chassis 13525) wears especially desirable “Aero” or “beetleback” bodywork after which the company’s modern three-wheelers are modeled. Extensively restored 10 years ago, sale includes what the seller refers to as “binders of history, blueprints, build pictures, invoices, and manufacturing of replacement parts.” Condition looks quite good, and though with less than half the power and forward gears of “modern” Morgan three-wheelers, we bet it’s just as much fun to drive. Find it here on eBay in Ames, Iowa with reserve not met.

Says the seller: “The engine number identifies it as made in 1927, and the chassis number indicates 1929. However, no records exist, as they were recycled during WW2 as wastepaper according to the MTWC (Morgan Three Wheeler Club) historian. The car was rebuilt along with my other Morgan Sports. Thus both engines were done, then both chassis, then body frames followed by metal skinning and interiors. This chassis was completely re-tubed, nothing except the lugs from the original chassis was worth saving.”

One of the Brooklands screens is cracked, and the speedometer drive isn’t hooked up. From the ad: “Electrics are 12 volt. Dashboard oil pumps are presently only for show, as there is a Pilgrim Pump on the engine. They could be used if you wished.The previous owner made the pumps from drawings and castings from the MTWC. I promised not to distribute the drawings at the time.”

Again, the seller: “Car has a J.A.P. (JA Prestwich Industries) LTOW engine which was rated at 40 HP. This Morgan is what is referred to as a ‘two-speeder’ with ‘beetleback’ bodywork which is arguably the most desirable configuration of Morgan three-wheelers. The ‘two-speeder’ has two forward gears and no reverse gear.”

They continue: “Originally these cars were started by inserting a handle in the side of the transmission. The dynamo was replaced by a Delco-Remy starter/generator and regulator unit from a tractor. This works OK.” Though it sounds like starting could stand to be improved, cranking it over by hand would only add to the experience of driving something so antiquated and wonderfully weird. We wanna drive it to Cars & Coffee, though it’d probably get old telling everyone “nope, no Miata gearbox in this one.”

2200 Mile Tutto Terreno: 1986 Moto Guzzi V65 TT

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This 1986 Moto Guzzi V65 TT or Tutto Terreno (all-terrain) (serial ZGUPVAPGXGM100003) is a rare find in the US, where only a few dozen are believed to have been sold. An early dual-purpose bike, limited suspension travel and a small fuel tank ultimately limited its potential as a rugged overlander, but the torquey, proven V65 V-twin, a light ~400 pound curb weight, and good looks means they’re still worthy of attention today. This one sounds to be in very good, all-original condition with 2,200 miles. Find it here on eBay in McDonald, Pennsylvania with reserve not met.

Says the seller: “all original including the tires. I bought it in 2009 from the 2nd owner from Washington State, title is clear and open and signed by  previous owner. No dings or dents just two small hairline scratches on the tank and one tab missing on one side cover. Bike is rare, not many shipped to USA, I was told 24.”

Here’s a look at the 650cc V-twin, mounted in typical Guzzi fashion with the crank lining up for a straight shot through the 5-speed gearbox and shaft drive.

Check out that weird exhaust routing, as well as what looks like very clean paint finish and bare metal components.

Again from the ad: “starts easy, runs tight and strong, some hesitation until 3000 RPM then really pulls hard. Bike handles like a dream. Nice 9 out 10 bike that’s been well taken care of. Nice seat no rips. New battery, tank clean inside, some paint missing off fuel cap, fork covers perfect. A nice affordable collectible piece that draws a crowd.”

Atypical Cruiser: 1955 Mondial Sogno 160

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This 1955 Mondial Sogno is an unusual cruiser from a marque better known for its dominating racers and sporting road bikes. The seller says it’s the most comfortable of all the bikes they own, and condition looks to be quite good. Powered by a 160cc two-stroke single, the bike retains original registration plates and appears to come with a nice collection of period documentation as well. Find it here on Craigslist in Rocklin, California for $7,980. Special thanks to BaT reader Eric J. for this submission.

Reads most of the brief ad: “Very hard to find… I brought this collector’s bike from Italy several years ago, it is registered with the Motorcycle Historic Registry in Italy. I have to thin out my collection, just a matter of running out of room. Most comfortable of all my vintage bikes.”

With wide floorboards instead of pegs and an equally roomy springer seat in place of a fixed saddle, it’s not surprising that the seller finds it to be a comfy ride. Note the cool brass ID plate, presumably associated with the bike’s historic registration with what sounds like the motorcycle equivalent of the ASI.

The short, tubular swing arm is interesting, but the tiny and beautifully finned brake drum is especially cool.

1971 BMW R50/5 with Stoye Sidecar

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This 1971 BMW R50/5 motorcycle is fitted with a rare Stoye sidecar and Heinrich tank, and was purchased by the seller five years ago from the original owner. The 42k indicated miles are not believed to be accurate, and total mileage is unknown. Cosmetically, the bike shows a few scratches and some patina. The bike was sorted by Scottie’s Motor Works in Santa Clara, California within the past year. Receipts for recent service are included, showing a total of $8k for engine and suspension work, new tires, cosmetic upgrades, and the installation and upholstery of the sidecar. The seller notes that the bike runs strong following recent service, tracks straight and is stable at speed. 2k miles have been added over the seller’s ownership. This BMW R50/5 is sold with a California title in the seller’s name. The bike features some modifications including lower-profile Euro handlebars and low-mount mirrors fixed to the headlamp guard. The seat is a Denfeld Police Solo piece. Rear lamps from a /2 model were installed on both the sidecar and the bike. The front lamp shows a crack in the lens, though the seller notes that high/low beams and turn signals all function as intended The sidecar is a Stoye ‘Canoe Nose’ body, said to be authentic and believed to be of 1950’s vintage. The body is mounted on a Stoye #2 frame, and painted in a matching color scheme with a 50’s-pattern BMW roundel. A Stoye plate is shown in the gallery. The sidecar has a suspended body and is mounted to the bike with a DCM subframe. The seat was fabricated and installed last year, with matching black vinyl upholstery and white piping. The contoured Heinrich tank is also an authentic piece sourced by the seller on a trip to Germany. The filler cap is found underneath the aluminum tank cover. The 42K miles indicated are not believed original, and total mileage is unknown.  The seller notes that the speedometer recently stopped functioning, and has sourced an NOS gauge core that will be included in the sale. The 498cc air-cooled twin-cylinder motor breathes through a Bing slide carburetor, and the rear wheel is shaft-driven. The engine was serviced last year, and maintenance performed includes a full fluid flush, replacement of the front seal, and ignition service. The gearbox is the stock 4-speed manual. A full list of items addressed during the most recent service can be found in the gallery. The fork was overhauled with new boots, bumpers, seals, and oil. Tires were replaced and balanced, and a new wheel and tire installed on the sidecar. The VIN and date of manufacture can be seen on the factory plate above. A matching number is found on the crankcase, and corresponds to R50/5 production numbers, though the plate states that the bike is an R60/5. A full gallery of images of the bike can be found here.

1965 Honda CR93 Clone

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This 1965 Honda CR93 clone is based on a CB160 frame with a CL175 engine and transmission. The seller, Honda expert Bill Silver, sold this bike with its original engine back in 1999 and purchased it back at auction a few months ago. The seller has self-published several books on the history and service of early Honda Motorcycles. The original CR93 was a homologation bike, and only around twenty were built as street bikes. This clone is currently titled in the seller’s name in California and registered with non-op status.

The original CR93 was built for homologation purposes, and featured a four valve, DOHC 125cc twin mated to a close ratio 5-speed gearbox. This bike is a general visual match for an original CR93, though it uses a two-valve twin from a US market CL175. The seller and previous owner utilized period-correct Honda parts wherever possible to complete the build, including sourcing lights and instruments from other models.

The aluminum seat and tank are both custom made for this bike, as the CB160’s backbone frame is somewhat wider than an original CR93. The turn signals front and rear are stock Honda items, and the taillight is an early CB72 piece, which matches the item used on CR93 street bikes. A Benly 125 tank badge is fitted, along with custom hand-painted pinstriping to complete the look. The full frame has been powdercoated black.

A flat grand-prix style seat is fitted. The seller notes that the present riding position is comfortable for riders about 5’8″ or 5’9″ tall. Controls are mounted on stock CB77 footplates, and are currently mounted in their forwardmost positions. The rear brake actuator is currently mounted in the middle position to avoid interference with the exhaust, though the seller states that it is still easy to operate for the rider.

CB160s were not originally equipped with a tach, or a provision for a tachometer drive on the engine. Thanks to the CL175 engine swap and the use of a late K3-model tach drive, the seller was able to use a late CB77/305 Super Hawk instrument binnacle in the stock CB160 headlight shell.

The original 160cc engine and four speed transmission have been removed in favor of a 175cc unit with a 5-speed transmission from a CL175. This two valve engine modified with earlier style power-jet carburetors, reverse cone mufflers, and small cone filters. The bike features a solid state regulator/rectifier, and all of the electrics are in good working order. The seller has fitted an updated 5ohm coil for optimal rideability. This bike is equipped with an electric starter and has a full sized battery.

The brakes are original CB160 drums front and rear laced to alloy AKRONT ribbed racing wheels.