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Apr 20

F1: Chinese GP Cut Short When Marshal Waves Flag One Lap Too Early

The Chinese Grand Prix ended early when a track marshal showed the checkered flag one lap too soon. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Chinese Grand Prix ended early when a track marshal showed the checkered flag one lap too soon. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton had yet another dominant performance in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, but an odd turn of events at the end of the race had the Mercedes driver questioning himself.

Hamilton had an 18s lead over teammate Nico Rosberg when he was shown the checkered flag at the end of Lap 55 – one lap before it should have been displayed.

Apr 20

Cars: Five Classic Ford Mustangs You Can Still Afford

You can get a 1964½-66 convertible but you will have to settle for a six-cylinder. (Photo: Hagerty)

You can get a 1964½-66 convertible for less than $25,00 but you will have to settle for a six-cylinder. (Photo: Hagerty)

In the run up to the big 50th anniversary of the Mustang, prices of the classic first version of the Mustang, the 1964½ (technically a 1965 model) through 1966, have been moving up. The best convertibles and fastbacks with the highest horsepower engines can bring well over $65,000 and there has been renewed interest in vintage Mustangs of all years. All isn’t lost however for the Mustang collector on a budget. Here are five of our favorites that you can still afford:

1. 1964½-66 Convertible (six cylinder)

If you simply must have the first version of the Mustang in a convertible and have $25,000 or less to spend on a nice one, well then you’re likely to have to settle for the six-cylinder model instead of the 260 or 289 V-8. And the six of the ’60s was nothing like today’s 300-plus hp base V-6. Nope, the 200-cubic-inch straight-six was good for just 120 hp, so performance was leisurely at best. No matter; the six still looked great.

2. 1964½-66 V-8 Coupe

(Photo: Hagerty)

(Photo: Hagerty)

you’d really rather have a V-8, there’s still time to find one for less than $25,000. Granted, it won’t be a swoopy fastback or a drop-top, but the basic hardtop is still a pretty car. Don’t expect the highest horsepower versions of the Mustang 289-cubic-inch V-8 at this price point, but nice cars are still out there. For now anyway.

3. 1971-1973 Mach I 302 Coupe

(Photo: Hagerty)

(Photo: Hagerty)

“Mach I” was one of the more audacious names of the Pony Car era, however in actual fact, its top speed was a bit shy of the speed of sound. But it had pumped up good looks and none other than Sean Connery as James Bond drove a ’71 Mach 1 in the movie “Diamonds are Forever.” As usual, the biggest engine version has sailed past affordability, but the 302 V-8 Mach I can still be had for around $25,000 if you look hard enough.

4. 1984-86 SVO

(Photo: Hagerty)

(Photo: Hagerty)

This selection will likely get the trolls’ attention: a four-cylinder Mustang on a list of collectible Mustangs. But the SVO wasn’t a Pinto-based Mustang II or your dental hygienist’s 88 hp four-banger Fox Body Mustang; the SVO sported a turbo 2.3-liter four that made as much horsepower as the 5.0-liter V-8 of the day, a biplane rear spoiler, unique front fascia, and hood complete with a totally cool NACA duct-style air scoop. It was faster and more expensive than the V-8. Fuel prices never climbed the way that the industry expected, and the 5.0-liter V-8 was further developed with new, more-efficient cylinder heads, and eventually fuel injection, giving it better gas mileage and much more horsepower with less complication and expense, so the sophisticated SVO disappeared after 1986.

5. 1987-93 GT 5.0 Convertible

(Photo: Hagerty)

(Photo: Hagerty)

We like the 1989 model because it was the 25th anniversary year of the Mustang (which Ford barely noticed). The Fox Body Mustang might not have been the most glamorous body style ever, but it was one of the cars responsible for ending the “Malaise Era” of sluggish and dull American cars. With the 5.0-liter V-8 boosted to 225 hp, in 1987, the Mustang brought cheap V-8 performance back to the masses. Care for something a bit newer? We also love the 2008-09 Bullitt Edition Mustang and think it’s a future collectible.

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Apr 20

F1: World Champion Vettel Told To Make Way For Teammate Again

Daniel Ricciardo (right) prepares to pass teammate Sebastian Vettel (left) during the Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo (right) prepares to pass teammate Sebastian Vettel (left) during the Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel isn’t used to being asked to step aside for a teammate. Now it’s happened twice in two races.

Vettel, only months removed from wrapping up his most dominant season in F1, was instructed to allow debutant Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo to pass him midway through Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix as the German’s speed began to fade due to his rapidly degrading tires.

Apr 20

SportsCars: Toyota Dominates FIA WEC Six Hours Of Silverstone

The No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Lapierre led a 1-2 Toyota sweep in Sunday's FIA WEC season opener. (Photo: John Dagys)

The No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Lapierre led a 1-2 Toyota sweep in Sunday’s FIA WEC season opener. (Photo: John Dagys)

Toyota rung in the new era of the FIA World Endurance Championship with a dominant 1-2 victory in Sunday’s rain-shortened Six Hours of Silverstone.

A downpour in the final hour saw the second safety car period of the race, which turned into a red flag with 26 minutes to go.

The race did not resume due excess standing water around the 3.6-mile circuit, giving the win to the No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Lapierre.

Apr 20

F1: Rosberg Maintains Points Lead Despite Chinese GP Dramas

Nico Rosberg overcame first corner contact and no telemetry to finish second in the Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg overcame first corner contact and no telemetry to finish second in the Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg managed to recover to second place after a difficult race in Shanghai which saw his pit wall lose telemetry even before the start.

That contributed to a bad getaway that saw him drop to seventh. He also survived first corner contact with Valtteri Bottas, after which he had to fight his way back up. He now has 79 points to the 75 of Lewis Hamilton.