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Deadline approaching for AutoHunter bidders

First cars offered on new online auction site close September 21


The countdown clock is ticking away as the first batch of cars up for bidding on the new AutoHunter collector car online auction site approach hammer time.

The AutoHunter auction site, like the Journal a part of the Collector Car Network, launched September 9, with the first eight vehicles closing on Monday, September 21. 

Typically, cars will be available for bidding for 7 days, but that time frame was extended to give new bidders — in this case everyone bidding — more time to get acclimated to the new site and its procedures and to take in the wide variety of listings.

Cars scheduled to close September 21 are a 1996 BMW 850Ci, a 1932 Ford Highboy roadster, a 1992 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, a 1971 Ford Torino Cobra, a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, and a 1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z.

Among the procedures to which bidders need to realize is that there is no charge to sign up as a bidder and no credit card hold until you place your first bid. 

Another is that bids placed during the final two minutes of the allotted time add two more minutes to the bidding deadline.  

The goal behind this time extension plan us to prevent the last-second sniping that takes place on so many other online auction sites. 

Winning bidders pay a 6.5 percent buyer’s fee, but at AutoHunter that fee is capped and will never exceed $6,500. 

Bidders need to realize that nearly all cars are listed with a consignor’s reserve, which is the minimum price the owner will accept for the vehicle. Those figures are not published, but cars without such reserves are listed as having “No Reserve,” meaning that the owner will accept whatever highest bid wins the auction. 

Should anything seem unclear, AutoHunter’s award-winning customer service and automotive specialist team is on call to assist users with site navigation and procedures, and to take a deep dive into whichever vehicle you are bidding on.

Following are some details on cars closing September 21, and each car links to its full description on the AutoHunter site:

1996 BMW 850Ci — 322-horsepower 5.4-liter V12-powered coupe and driven only 58,000 miles since new.

1932 Ford Highboy roadster — Brookville-bodied car in a color called Molten Copper Sunset with cream white convertible “bop top” and powered by a 327cid Chevy V8.

1992 Chevrolet Corvette convertible — Bright Red over black leather interior with black convertible top and 5.7-liter LT1 V8, and showing 90,000 miles on its odometer.

1971 Ford Torino Cobra — Stunning in bright green color and still with its factory-installed 429cid Cobra Jet V8 engine under a factory shaker hood.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL — Driven only 49,000 miles since new and one of only 25 delivered in the US for 1992 with its inline-6 linked to a manual transmission.

1974 Volkswagen Beetle convertible — Car has a recently rebuilt 1,600cc engine linked to a 4-speed manual gearbox.

1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z — A Canadian car since new and driven only 8,000 miles during its lifetime.

For more information, visit the AutoHunter website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Tried their auction. Ended up wasting a lot of time and bids. They don’t indicate during the auction whether or not there is a reserve or if the reserve has or hasn’t been met. Just announce when it’s over that the reserve wasn’t met.


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