Larry finds some gems on the AutoHunter docket

Among them is a new mid-engine Corvette driven only 250 miles

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2020 Corvette
Among the latest listings on AutoHunter is this 2020 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray

AutoHunter, the ClassicCars.com take on the increasingly popular online collector car auction marketplace, has offered more than 100 vehicles for bidding in the last few weeks, and recently posted its first 6-figure sale, a 1963 Jaguar XKE selling for $131,000.

In the spirit of the Journal’s popular Pick of the Day featuring cars from the Collector Car Marketplace, with its more than 36,000 vehicles for sale, each Friday evening one of our editors takes a trip through the AutoHunter docket and shares the gems he or she has found there.

Today, it’s my turn, and among the cars he’ll be watching as the bidding unfolds is a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, one of the new mid-engine C8 models that is being offered up for bidding with only 250 miles on its odometer.

Here are the cars that caught my eye that are up for bidding in the next several days, listed in chronological order:

1938 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Imperial limousine

Sure, a modern minivan works just fine for transporting the family, but why not do so in real style! The limousine coachwork on this big 7-seat Caddy is by Fleetwood. Moving the big car down the road is a 346cid V8 engine linked to a column-mounted 3-speed manual transmission. The limo is being offered after spending the past 25 years in climate-controlled storage. There’s even a roll-down window between the driver and passenger compartments and a speaker-and-microphone system, although the latter is reported not to be in working condition, which may be just fine for a Mom and Dad seeking some quiet time.

1956 Buick 50 Super

This classic mid-’50s hardtop was mechanically restored in 2012, when it also was repainted from its original light blue to its current light yellow-and-white two-tone presentation. In 2018, the interior was refinished with new upholstery, headliner and carpeting. The car has air conditioning, an electric fuel pump, power windows/brakes/steering and even power front seats. The car has a 322cid V8 engine and 2-speed Dynaflow automatic transmission. The odometer shows 52,000 miles, and the seller reports driving it only 600 miles in 5 years of ownership.

1973 Plymouth Sport Fury

The sleek copper-colored Plymouth coupe has had only 2 owners since new and is available for its third on AutoHunter. Power is provided by a 361cid Commando V8 linked to a push-button 3-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. The car is reported to be in “highly original” condition and comes with the factory build sheet. The interior is done in black and orange with a center console between the front bucket seats. There’s a functioning air conditioning unit under the dash, which the seller believes was dealer-installed back in the day.

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1976 Porsche 912E

With the 914 dropping from its lineup, Porsche needed an entry-level car for the US market for the 1976 model year, so it brought back the 912E for one selling season. To do so, it took the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and now fuel-injected engine from the 914 and put it into the 911 chassis. The engine was linked to a 5-speed manual transmission and a few more than 2,000 were sold. This one features an electric sunroof, air conditioning, fog lamps and factory-installed Blaupunkt radio and Fuchs 5-spoke aluminum wheels. The interior features perforated tan leather seats.

1985 BMW 635CSI

This mid-’80s BMW classic coupe comes with a single-family history. The car was purchased in Germany and imported by the seller’s uncle to Hawaii, where it has resided with the family for 34 years. The coupe has a 3.5-liter inline-6 engine and 5-speed manual transmission. The car has a sunroof, rides on BBS basketweave wheels, and was “professional refinished” last year, including fresh suspension and brake components. The paint color is Diamond Black Metallic and the interior is red leather.

1991 Mazda MX-5

From a BMW in Hawaii we move on our AutoHunter tour to a Mazda Miata in Quebec, Canada. This MX-5 was sold new in Quebec. Its convertible top was replaced recently. The car has a 3-spoke wood Momo steering wheel and an upgraded Kenwood audio.  

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Finished in Torch Red is this 2020 mid-engine C8-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray showing 256 miles on its odometer and thus presented in virtually showroom new condition. Power comes from a mid-mounted, 490-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The C8 has the 2LT package with removable Targa top and 8-way power bucket seats in tan leather with carbon fiber trim. The car also has a 10-speaker Bose audio system. 

To see all the cars available for bidding, 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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