Auctions: eBay Find of the Day: 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe is showroom fresh

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1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

There’s an ultra-rare Ford Thunderbird for sale on eBay, although it’s not quite the T-Bird you’re probably thinking. This is a 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, complete with a five-speed manual transmission and just a shade over 13,000 miles on the clock. The condition is said to be mint, and judging by the interior and exterior pictures, we’re inclined to believe the seller. The paint is glossy and the interior looks showroom new, while the underbody is stunningly clean for a 26-year-old car.

Underhood sits a 2.3-liter, intercooled and turbocharged four-cylinder (also found in the Mustang SVO) that was producing 190 horsepower when it left the factory. Inside, the five-speed manual transmission adds to the car’s rarity. The vehicle’s sole owner has been as immaculate with the paperwork as he has with the rest of the car – it’s all there, including brochures and other product material.

The eBay auction ends tomorrow at midnight (9:00 PM if you’re on America’s west coast). Bidding has reached $10,200, and there’s still plenty of time to get in on this future classic. The vehicle is located in Millstone Township, NJ.

eBay Find of the Day: 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe is showroom fresh originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: How to make your car’s engine look showroom fresh

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Last time we saw Larry Kosilla of Ammo NYC and the YouTube show Drive Clean, he was initiating the resurrection of a 1966 Porsche 912. Going beyond the body, the automotive world’s Mr. Clean next lays his gloved hands and brushes on the engine bay, demonstrating how to scour the powerplants of a front-engined Corvette Z06, a mid-engined Ferrari 458 Italia and a mid-engined Ford GT. The three cars were chosen to show the challenges of a modern, plastic-covered motor, an exotic motor with lots of hard-to-reach spots and a “muscle” car that leaves everything exposed.

Kosilla breaks it all down quickly, taking about seven minutes to go through eight steps that will get your engine from dirty to disinfected. For another engaging lesson, have a watch of the video below.

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How to make your car’s engine look showroom fresh originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda and Honda form B-Spec Showroom Stock racing series

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Mazda and Honda B-Spec racers

Racing is a rich man’s sport, no question about it. Sure, there are some ways to get into a bit of wheel-to-wheel that cost less than others, such as the 24 Hours of LeMons, but even that is more expensive than you might think. But regardless of the cost, some people still need to scratch that racing itch. One way to keep costs down is to get into spec racing – everyone uses the same type of car and they are typically kept showroom stock minus the addition of safety features such as a roll cage, harness and racing bucket. Mazda and Honda understand this and the two automakers have decided to roll out a B-Spec racing series that utilizes the Mazda2 and Honda Fit.

If the thought of tossing either of these two cars around a track doesn’t sound fun, then you clearly have never driven either one. Though they are both down on power, they offer high levels of tossable excitement. Turn them into race-ready hoon machines and the volume knob twists to 11.

A spec series presents an even playing field for the competitors because the engines and chassis remain stock for all cars. Driving skill is what will win in an event like this, and every ounce of that behind-the-wheel prowess will be tested in these low-powered hatchbacks. Hop the jump to read the full press release.

[Sources: Mazda, Honda]

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Mazda and Honda form B-Spec Showroom Stock racing series originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 24 Dec 2010 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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