Legacy Overland Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40

The Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40 was the diesel variant of the J40 series, with its better known sibling the FJ40 being fitted with a petrol engine. The J40 series of 4x4s had a remarkable 40+ year production run that started in 1960 and didn’t end until the last factory building them closed down in Brazil…

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Steve McQueen’s Honda CB450

Steve McQueen’s love for motorcycles is well documented, he owned many over the course of his life, including Indians, Triumphs, Husqvarnas, Hondas, and even a Cyclone board track racer. In 1973 he starred in a commercial for the Honda CR250, and as part payment Honda sent him a brand new CB450 – doubtless hoping he…

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Original Trusco Cantilever Toolbox

The Trusco Cantilever Toolbox is designed to be a truly buy-it-for-life item that’ll never need replacing, and will likely get passed down through the family, although your kids might fight over who gets to take it home. It’s a Japanese design known for its durability, the cantilever toolbox shown here is the largest version they…

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A Brief History of the Honda CX Series

Before the movie “Back to the Future” had been thought of Honda introduced its new model for 1978 as “First to the Future”. This was a new model that had big shoes to fill. Its predecessor, the Honda CB550 had been a simply brilliant motorcycle with good handling and balance. So the new motorcycle from…

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Nissan Fairlady Z 432

The Nissan Fairlady Z 432 is a car that looks immediately familiar – until the hood is opened and you see a first generation Nissan Skyline GT-R engine fitted in place of the original power unit. This isn’t an engine-swapped special put together by an enthusiastic backyard mechanic – it was a production car built…

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1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R

The Nissan Skyline GT-R first appeared in 1969, however the GT-R as we currently know it made its first appearance 20 years later in 1989. This was the first Skyline with the magic combination of 6 cylinders, two turbos, and all-wheel drive. Known as the R32, the 3rd generation Skyline was a dominant force wherever…

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An All-New Bimota HB1

The Bimota HB1 was the first bike to ever wear the now-legendary Bimota badge on its tank, and it came about by accident. And I mean that literally. Massimo Tamburini crashed his Honda CB750 in September 1972 at the Misano racetrack – the accident left him with three broken ribs and plenty of time to…

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1970 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

The Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser is one of the major players from the world of civilian 4x4s that began mass production after WWII – a time when the original Jeep had introduced 4x4s to millions of young men around the world. The first J40 series Toyotas began rolling off the production line in 1960, they were…

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1984 Honda ATC70

The 3-wheeled ATC models by Honda started production in 1970, they founded the market for off-road trikes and a number of other manufacturers followed – though none saw the same success. The initial model was the ATC90, called the US90 until Honda secured the “ATC” trademark, and it stood for “all-terrain cycle”. In 1973 the ATC70…

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Gasoline Motor Co. Yamaha SR400 Scrambler

The Yamaha SR400 (and its sibling the SR500) are amongst the most reliable, and generally bulletproof motorcycles in existence. This is largely because the engine started life in the Yamaha XT500, an enduro-adventure motorcycle built to compete in the world’s toughest adventure races. It succeeded in its mission, winning both the Paris-Abidjan-Nice and the Paris-Dakar…

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Lab Motorcycle Yamaha XJR 1200

The Yamaha XJR 1200 was released in 1995 as a large displacement muscle bike with a comfortable upright riding position, and an almost obscenely wide torque band. Yamaha spent significant time making sure that the XJR 1200, and the XJR 1300 that followed, had sport bike handling characteristics but were tame enough for people to…

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