Collector's Jeep

Would you buy this pristine Jeep Wrangler for big bucks?

If you're shopping for a new or used vehicle today, you've probably seen your share of high prices, difficult negotiations, and hard times finding the right color and options for the vehicle you want. All of that, and we haven't even touched the world of collectors cars, auctions, or the ever-raging RAD-era vehicle prices.

This 9,000-mile 1993 Jeep Wrangler Sahara touches all three marks, so it's not surprising to see its Bring a Trailer auction price climbing. The $30,000-plus closing price is hard to swallow, but to be fair, the Jeep looks new in all the ways that count, and its tan-on-green color scheme is an attractive one for such a boxy vehicle.

If you didn't believe that people buy cars with their hearts instead of their brains, this is your proof. NADA says that the 1993 Jeep Wrangler's MSRP was just shy of $14,000. Even if we take a generous estimate that someone paid $15,000 for a 1993 Wrangler with options, that's still just $28,475 in today's money. It's also almost $4,000 less after inflation than the auction's closing price of $32,250. Bidding heated up in the closing moments, driving the price up by around $2,000.

It'd be unfair to poo-poo people for spending their money on what they want, but it's clear that the average enthusiast is priced out of the market for many vehicles. There are gems and junkyard-restoration opportunities, but the days of picking up a cheap car to beat on and enjoy are numbered. The pandemic and microchip shortages are partly to blame and are both temporary problems – hopefully – so there's a chance we could return to a normal state at some point. For now, let's just hope that the people buying these low-mileage vehicles get them out and drive then.

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New hot hatch

Toyota teases GR Corolla hatchback

The Instagram teaser contains many hints at the new GR Corolla.

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Toyota isn't always top of mind when it comes to performance cars, but the Japanese giant has a few tricks up its sleeve. There's the Supra, which the automaker partnered with BMW to produce and there's also the not-for-the-U.S. GR Yaris. The hotted-up hatchback features tremendous power and a four-wheel drive system, but buyers here can only watch jealously as our friends in Europe and elsewhere get all the fun. That's about to change for U.S. buyers, however, as Toyota has begun teasing the GR Corolla hatchback, which we will get.

The automaker posted a cryptic image to Instagram a month ago, but it's still making the rounds on the internet today, with users of the GR Corolla Forum still discussing the post today. The teaser, which is of the Corolla's interior, features hints as to what we might see when the car debuts. The navigation screen shows GR Four road, which points to the car's four-wheel drive system, while a G:16 on the clock in the gauge cluster represents the G16E-GTS engine that the car is expected to get. The GR Yaris also sports that engine, where it produces 268 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

Toyota GR Corolla GR, or Gazoo Racing, is Toyota's motorsport armToyota Europe

The GR Corolla should break cover next year, but we don't yet know if it will be a 2022 or 2023 model. As far as pricing goes, Toyota may pull out some surprises, but the car will likely be far more expensive than an everyday Corolla. The smaller GR Yaris is priced starting at nearly $40,000 in Europe, so the Corolla's price tag should be around or slightly above that number.

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Chevy has offered the regular cab short bed configuration in global markets for years.

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The pickup truckhas been the vehicle of choice for working people for decades, but they've become rolling luxury lounges in recent years. A new full-size American truck can be decked out with as many tech and luxury features as a German luxury sedan, but there's hope for people who love basic trucks. Chevrolet confirmed to The Drive that it will begin offering a regular cab, short bed version of the Silverado 1500, and it'll be one of the purest pickups on sale when it arrives.

The configuration was popular in the 1970s and 1980s, when GM's square body trucks were rolling off the production lines by the thousands. A small but dedicated of enthusiasts have kept hope alive in places such as Reddit's r/rcsb (regular cab, short bed). According to reporting from The Drive, Chevy will soon offer buyers two bed lengths for their regular cab Silverado. There's a catch, though. The short bed will only be available for the WT (Work Truck) trim, so opting for the combo means you're also opting for features like cloth seats, a barebones stereo, and plastic flooring with no mats.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado LT Even the most basic non-WT Silverado is quite nice. Chevrolet

The upside here is that there are fewer things to break and you'll still have a choice of three engines, but you'll miss out on all of the great updates that Chevy gave most Silverado models for 2022. That means no refreshed interior with neat new tech and no off-road features. You really have to want the short bed to opt for the basic WT, and though you'll have a cool, rare truck, you'll also likely miss many features that even a lower trim regular Silverado gets.

Chevy hasn't released pricing for the shortbed WT yet, but looking at the rest of the trim lineup, it should carry a price tag of around $30,000 when it hits the market.

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