Larry takes a look at AutoHunter’s docket of delights

Presenting an eclectic array of eye-catching vehicles

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1963 Impala
This 1963 Chevrolet Impala is among the vehicles available for bidding on the AutoHunter website.

ClassicCars.com not only lets you buy the collector car of your dreams, but with the new AutoHunter website, you can also experience the rush of bidding on an ever-changing docket of automotive delights.

On a daily basis, the Journal presents its Pick of the Day from the ClassicCars.com Marketplace of classified advertisements, and on a weekly basis we assign one of our editors to feature his or her favorites from the AutoHunter docket. 

Today’s it’s my turn, and I’ve focused my selections on vehicles that remain open for bidding for at least the next three days, which gives plenty of time for closer examination and to experience the emotions that come with placing a bid, watching the auction, and deciding when to increase that bid in hopes of actually owning the vehicle.

I’m presenting my eclectic array of selections, starting with those with bidding closing soonest:

1965 Chevrolet Corvette 

This 49,000-mile Glenn Green over saddle coupe is powered by a 327/365 L76 V8 linked to a 4-speed Muncie manual transmission and has a positraction rear with 4:11 gearing. This second-generation Corvette was sold new in Nova Scotia, Canada, currently resides in Ontario, and was restored in 2014 by its third (and current) owner. The restoration was body-off frame, and the original and never-damaged body was retained, the seller says, as was the factory-installed engine. Among the changes during the restoration were new body mounts, brakes, suspension components, clutch, etc. 

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1982 Datsun 280ZX

Consigned to AutoHunter by a private owner, this T-topped Orange Mist Metallic over tan cloth Datsun sports coupe has been driven only 18,000 miles since new. The seller purchased the car a dozen years ago from the original owner, and has driven it 4,000 miles since that acquisition. The car retains its factory paint with gold-accent pinstripping. The seller notes that power steering became standard equipment for the 1982 model year, and that the car has 4-wheel, power-assisted disc brakes as well. Power comes from a 2.8-liter inline 6-cylinder engine linked to a 5-speed manual transmission. The car recently has received new spark plugs, fuel pump, injectors, muffler and tires.

1979 Ford F150 Ranger 4×4

Another private-party listing, this 1979 Ford F150 Ranger 4×4 is done in metallic blue over a black interior and has a 460cid V8 and 4-speed manual transmission. The consignor acquired the truck 11 years ago and has done a “partial restoration, both mechanically and cosmetically,” and has driven the 4×4 only 300 miles since that work was completed. The truck has a sunroof, aftermarket tachometer, updated audio, updated bumpers and 33-inch tires. Front wheels have manually locking hubs. The seller replaced the original 351cid V8 with a rebuilt Ford 460 but retained the factory transmission.

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1963 Chevrolet Impala

This brilliant blue Chevy coupe had been owned for 15 years by the consignor’s late father and for the past 3 years by the seller. The car was painted Saddle Tan at the factory but was refinished at some point in a bright blue shade. The seller notes that the new paint was not clearcoated. The car retains its factory-installed 327/300 V8 and Muncie 4-speed manual transmission. The engine has been upgraded with an Edlebrock intake, mesh air cleaner and 4-barrel carburetor, and the gearbox is manipulated with a new Hurst shifter.  

1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle

As it turns out, this’71 Super Beetle is being offered on AutoHunter with no reserve price, so it goes to the high bidder regardless. The car is eye-catching in its Audi Nardo Gray color and Enkei wheels and is being consigned after a 6-year restoration project that also included an engine rebuild, running boards, bumpers, new racing-style seats, and repair of nearly all of the dents, except one on the roof and a “scruff” on the left-front fender. The seller also notes that the engine cover latch tab is broken. The headliner is exposed Dynamat Xtreme sound-deadening material (and the seller notes that the original interior components, and the original engine, are included in the sale and are shown in the photo gallery). 

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1963 Jaguar XKE roadster

This Series 1 E-type wears British Racing Green (of course!) over tan leather, has a Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate, and 30 years of service records. The private consignor has owned the car for 2 years and changed the color from the factory Cream to the brilliant BRG. Earlier this year, the Sand-colored factory top was replaced with one in black. The maroon interior also has been changed to tan with an aluminum-trimmed center console and an aftermarket audio. The 3.8-liter inline-6 engine is original and is linked to a 4-speed manual gearbox. The consignor adds that the engine, suspension and cooling system were rebuilt in 2017 by the former owner.

To see the full docket, visit the AutoHunter website.

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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 ClassicCars.com, 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.

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