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The Velocity Stack: Seven Soon to be Collectables from the 1980s


Editor's Note: When Velocity's own Sam Wackerle isn't here at work, you can catch him chasing another record, building another project or crawling through the junkyard. Certifiably a car nut, Sam wanted to share his unique vehicular view with a weekly list, The Velocity Stack. 

VW Vanagon Syncro

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Introduced in the 1986 model year for the US, the Vanagon Syncro took a few decades to truly start picking up in demand.  With the recent popularity of off the grid living and self-sufficiency, prices of Vanagons with the Syncro 4 wheel drive system have begun to rise dramatically.  With the prices of all generations of VW Vans going up and up, these will continue to follow that trend.


Thunderbird Turbo Coupe


In 1983, the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe was the top of the line option for the Thunderbird, placed above the venerable 5.0 V8.  The most desirable Turbo Coupe to have is the 1988 model with the 5-speed.  Turbo Coupes with the new for 1987, overdrive automatic trans had horsepower reduced in hopes of transmission longevity.  The 1988 model was also the first year that allowed the full 15psi of boost in all 5 manual gears.


Dodge Rampage

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37,401 may sound like a lot of “coupe utility” vehicles on the road, but that was the total sold over the entire 3 years it was made.  The Rampage was a front wheel drive, half-ton, sub compact.  It was rated with a load capacity of 1,045 pounds and 29mpg on the highway.  With urban living becoming increasingly popular, small multipurpose vehicles like this will only gain in popularity.


1987 BMW L6

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The BMW L6 is an obscure piece of BMW history with sources indicating only 1200 to 1300 were ever sold in the States.  The BMW L6 looks the same on the outside as the 635CSI in the picture, but it’s what’s inside that counts.  Some say the “L” stands for leather, which it had on almost every possible surface.  If you can find a L6 with it’s leather not warped from the sun and sheet metal not rusted out from salt, you’ve got a rare and soon to be valuable gem. 


Alfa Romeo Milano Verde

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Rear wheel drive, limited slip differential, 3.0l V6, manual transmission and Italian.  Yes the electronics are going to fail and the mere mention of rust while standing next to the car will cause oxidation, but have you ever heard a properly tuned exhaust fitted to an Alfa Romeo V6?  Do your ears a favor and look it up, you’ll soon understand why these are destined to be collectable.


Toyota MR2 MK1 Supercharged

Toyota MR2 MK1 from above

Only 10 percent of 1988 and 1989 MR2 MK1s are estimated to be supercharged.  The 1989 model year is slightly more desirable with the addition of a rear anti roll bar, added to handle the increase in power from the boost.  It’s loads of fun and epitomizes 1980s JDM styling; this poor man’s sports car is on the verge of being an introductory collector’s solid investment.


1983-1984 VW Rabbit GTI


There were 30,000 Rabbit GTIs sold in the United States but with their reputation for being a track beast as well as cheap transportation, their numbers were quickly depleted.  The GTI isn’t as fast as modern cars, but it’s a ton more fun when you take it down twisty back roads.  The hot hatch still invokes teenage angst when you get behind the wheel and was certainly deserving of its nomination for Car Of The Century.

This is the Only List You Need


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A simple web search of "Bucket-List" accumulates scores of links to articles telling you that you must travel to the world, you must skydive, and you must learn a foreign language before you pass away. However, there is only one list you need to be concerned about if you have a need for speed, a love for the open road, or a sense of adventure. Forget kissing in the rain and try driving on two wheels.

The List, a digital series created by the folks at Autoblog, is out to check off 1001 car things to do before you die. So far, they've conquered tasks like visiting the birthplace of the Ferrari to escaping a vehicle as it sinks to the bottom of a body of water. To top it all off, there's a familiar face on the show! Former All Girls Garage star Jessi Combs joins host Patrick McIntyre. 

Check out the highlights from when The List conquered off-road racing for a glimpse at what the excitement is all about.

After seeing how much fun The List was having, Velocity wanted to join in the bucket-list trend. Our first quest? Getting The List on our team. 

This week, we can finally check off our first bucket-list item as we welcome The List to our programming on Wednesday nights.

Read the full press release here

Car Collection Sets Record-High Sale Price


It's no surprise that the first major news story to come out of this week's Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach is about money-- lots and lots of money. A collection of twenty-five vehicles, owned by a single anonymous Floridian car collector tipped the scale at a cool $67 million, surpassing the previous record of $65 million. The collection lived up to its name-- "Pinnacle Portfolio: A Rare Collective of Automotive Distinction".

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The top car in the collection- '64 Ferrari 250 LM- hammered at $17.6 million. According to the auction's website it is considered "one of the very best in existence" and is the 23rd of only 32 ever produced.

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Bringing in the second heftiest sale price car a '98 McLaren F1 LM, which should for $13.75 million. The speedster was the 63rd and second-to-last road-specification F1 ever built. It now stands as the highest-selling McLaren ever at auction.

Check out the Pinnacle Portfolio cars in the video here and read more about the individual models and their respective documentation here.

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Click the image above to watch a video that teaches you how to win at the Concours. 

Getting to Know You: Garage Squad's Heather Storm


Catch an all new season of Garage Squad starting Aug 11th at 10/9c only on Velocity.

34025_ep205_026When did your passion for cars begin?

Heather: I inherited the passion for cars from my dad. He made cars fun. He enjoyed driving fast and I loved to ride with him. My father was also very practical and wanted me to have an understanding of how cars worked. He always did basic work on our vehicles at home and my brother and I often helped. I have a lot appreciation for cars because of my father. 

How does it make you feel to help these owners finish their abandoned projects?

Heather: I am so grateful that I am able to help so many people and bring happiness into their lives.  Everyone has a unique story and memories associated with their car and it feels really good to help them achieve something so important to them.  

What’s the most common mistake you see car owners making while trying to restore their cars?

Heather: I don’t think the owners are making any specific mistakes other than thinking they can get the car done on their own. Restoring a car is a very large project and often way too expensive for the owner to outsource. They usually quickly realize that the project is much more complicated than they anticipated and the car just sits unfinished collecting dust. It becomes a daunting task; luckily Garage Squad comes to the rescue. 


What are you most excited for viewers to see this season?

Heather: We really stepped up the game by taking on vehicles that needed a lot more work done than last season. There is a lot of sweat and long hours that goes into rebuilding each and every one and I know the viewers will appreciate it. 

How would you describe working with the Garage Squad crew?

Heather: Working with the Garage Squad guys is like being in 6th grade all over again.  A lot of joking around, but we learn a lot too. I have a lot of respect for the guys, how hard they work and how much knowledge they have about all types of cars.  Everyone brings their own expertise to each project and we couldn’t get the job don’t without all hands on deck.

Describe the worst car you’ve ever had to repair.

Heather: I would say the worst car this season is the 442 Olds. That car just had a stench that wouldn’t quit even when we painted the stripped interior. There’s something to be said for a plethora of decaying rodents in an area with limited ventilation. I think everyone in there would agree that was nasty!

What’s usually the biggest challenge during the makeover process?

Heather: We have a limited amount of time to assess the car, order parts and get the car running again. As life goes, a lot of unforeseen problems pop up and take us off track. Often we have to source parts at the last minute and have to hold out on making progress on other areas of the car until that part comes in --- that can be stressful. 















What’s your go-to song while driving?
Heather: If I'm on a mission then Gold Guns Girls by Metric.

When did you learn to change a tire?
Heather: My dad taught me as soon as I got my driver’s license at 15. He didn’t want me to be stranded.

What’s on your key ring?
Heather: Just the essential keys, I like to keep it simple and compact.

What is your favorite food?
Heather: I love to cook healthy cuisine; fresh vegetables and steamed fish is my go to meal. 

If you have a custom license plate, what would it be?
Heather: No vanity plate for me, I prefer to be discrete like a bat mobile.

Dream Cars, Did Someone Say Dream Cars?


Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at 

So Velocity is running Dream Car Week.  That got me to thinking about what are my dream cars? That's a tough question to digest.  I had to break it into genres of cars.  So I figured I'd start with some exotics.

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You might be hard pressed to start with two more exotic automobiles.  On the left we have the McLaren P1.  It only produces an anemic 903-hp gas/hybrid from its 707 hp V8 plus 170 electric motor.  If you are one of the 375 lucky potential owners, you'll cough up a good 1.2 million.  That hefty price gets you zero to sixty in 2.7 seconds and the governor restricts your top speed to 217 mph.

And what about that redhead on the right?  That's your very mundane LaFerrari.  Here we have a 6.3 liter V12 creating 788 hp at 9250 rpm redline.  Then you add the 161 hp electric motor. 499 people will have the chance to land one for 1.3 million dollars.  That bags you zero to sixty in 2.4 seconds and a mfr limited 217 mph.  

The photo taken at the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance last year.  It took some convincing of the handlers on both sides.  We had a 918 on site as well (see below) but we couldn't find the keys to the Porsche.  Interesting to see them in proximity.  Take note of the similar door structures and other details. 

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