Cars await their trip across the block at the inaugural MAG sale in Reno | Nicole James photos
The Motorsports Auction Group launches its first sale this week in conjunction with the 30th annual Hot August Nights custom car and hot rod gathering in Reno, Nevada. This being the new company’s first event, I wasn’t sure what type of cars would be crossing the block.
But upon arrival at the preview in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, I was quickly drawn to the glittering chrome, the bright paint, and the beautiful wheels. It didn’t take long for me to find several cars which, in a world where money is no obstacle, I would want to take home.
1974 Datsun 260Z The bright “Ferrari Fly” yellow paint drew me like a magnet and I enjoyed the clean lines of the recently restored car. According to the vehicle description it has a rebuilt straight six engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The 260Z also has new struts, tires, and was also reupholstered during the restoration. The Datsun appeared to be flawless and is a solid example of a Japanese classic.
1970 Chevrolet C10 Trucks are awesome and the C10 is one of those timelessly cool classic trucks you come across, at least in the eyes of a millennial, because it’s still something you can drive and use. It’s practical and parts are easy to source. This C10 has a custom wood-lined bed that gives the truck a retro look. The red paint shows nicely and the vehicle description notes its powered by a rebuilt Chevy 350 small block mated to a Turbo 350 transmission. The interior has been redone and updated while the description also notes all the gauge’s work.
1956 Chevrolet 210 I love the Chevy 210 because it still has that iconic American sedan look. I got lost in the seductive blue paint with white accent tones, and the chrome is flawless. I am not normally a fan of super shiny chrome wheels, but on this car the Boss wheels pull together the whole look. What also gets me excited about this car is that the exterior is relatively tame, but the inside is a whole different story: Under the hood is a 327 engine with dual carburetors. The vehicle description notes the buyer will receive complete photos of the entire restoration and build of this custom 210.
1984 Jeep CJ7 I love Jeeps, so it’s no surprise one would make it onto my list. Offered with no reserve, this Jeep has a built 383 small block stroker engine. The V8 is mated to an automatic three-speed transmission. The vehicle description notes the Jeep has a lift kits and its body sits on 33s. I love the bright orange paint and the decals along the side of the body as well as the lights and reflectors in the front that enhance the appearance while not being over kill.
1971 Dodge Challenger It wouldn’t be window shopping with Nicole without a muscle car and what better than this Plumb Crazy Purple Dodge Challenger? The car has been completely restored and the vehicle description notes it is a real “V-code car” and has the “RT” trim with delete stripes. The car came with a cassette deck with a recording option which was a rare add on for the time. E87 fuels the 440 six-barrel high performance engine rated with an output of 385 horsepower. While I love the look and the performance, what also interests me is that the car has its complete factory exhaust system with resonators for a factory sound.
1933 Ford Roadster One look at this 1933 Ford Roadster and its like “where do I start?” The car is gorgeous and is covered in a pearl paint that is a combination of champagne, gold, and a light mist green. The vehicle description notes the fenders and running boards have been widened and the car has a tinted windshield, stainless steel lines, grill, bolts, and exhaust system. Under the hood is an LS2 with Magnuson supercharger connected to a 4L-6 Automatic transmission. The description also notes the roadster was nominated on two separate occasions by judges of the Grand National Roadster as “one of the great eight contenders” for the most beautiful roadster honors.
Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan