Most of us are never going to be like Jay Leno and drive a new car every day. However, it's possibly affordable to collect a handful of vintage rides, especially if you look a touch off the beaten path. In recent video, Petrolicious highlights Hans Abrahams, who is doing just that. He has three 1960s, European classics that love to be driven.

The absolute star of the trio is a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger. In the cabin, it has the meaty growl of a muscle car, but outside it has a little of the raspiness of period European cars. Abrahams says its mostly original except for its Ford 289-cubic-inch (4.7-liter) V8 with Shelby parts, producing around 273 horsepower. He says it's a bit difficult to maintain and hard to keep cool, but when you hear it, you know the trouble is worth it.

Next up, is Abrahams' 1965 MGB that is a bit of a monster in its own right. It lacks the Tiger's oomph under the hood, but it's loud enough to blow out Petrolicious' microphone. It's still a very cool little roadster.

Finally, there is a 1967 Volvo Amazon 123GT, Abrahams' daily driver, that might secretly be the best of the lot. While it probably wouldn't win a race with its two siblings in Abrahams' garage, it's the most livable and still sounds absolutely amazing. At full chat, it's like a hive of angry hornets live under the hood.

Scroll down and turn up the speakers to listen to this European power trio.


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      Luke
      • 8 Months Ago
      What a nice group of honestly interesting cars.
        The Friendly Grizzly
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Luke
        My brother had one of the original Tigers. Brutally fast for the time, but, just a tad bit front-end heavy.
      SquareFour
      • 8 Months Ago
      Petrolicious is bringing some great stories (or content, I guess). I care more about guys/gals and cars like this than I ever could about yet another hyper-exotic.
        Teleny411
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SquareFour
        Me too. I like raw cars like this way better than these computer laden, bloated, turbo hybrids.
      The Friendly Grizzly
      • 8 Months Ago
      Gee. A Volvo from the days when Volvo still made real Volvos, not attempts at near-luxo.
        George
        • 8 Months Ago
        @The Friendly Grizzly
        Huh? Tell me when those days changed? Volvo was always a costlier car.
      Tony
      • 4 Months Ago

      Very cool collection of car right there. Turn them car speakers up!

      superlightv12
      • 8 Months Ago
      Cool cars, cool owner, another great video from Petrolicious.
      Teleny411
      • 8 Months Ago
      I have a Sunbeam Minx, the 4 cylinder Saloon (sedan). I can't imagine a v8 under the hood/it must be just brutal. The little Minx will hit 80 on a good day: but it doesn't like it. :)
      Brodz
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'd love to own that Sunbeam Tiger.
      BodyBlue
      • 8 Months Ago
      The guy is not as smart as he sounds. He says at 7:25 in the video "when the Rootes was purchased by Chrysler they had to stop producing this car because the Hemi V8 with its rear mounted distributor would not fit" WRONG First boner was that Hemis did not have rear mounted distributors......the real problems were that 1, Chrysler did not want a Ford engine in a car that they owned and 2, the LA 273 V8s were just too big (and they had rear mounted distributors)....and the RB motors with front distributors were WAY too big.
        Teleny411
        • 8 Months Ago
        @BodyBlue
        I also thought that the Tiger came before the Cobra-but I may be wrong.
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