Andy finds it getting harder to select only a few AutoHunter favorites

Not only is the docket growing, he says, but also expanding in quality and variety

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1973 Datsun 240Z
This 1973 Datsun 240Z is among Andy's favorites on the AutoHunter auction docket

In just the couple of months since ClassicCars.com launched AutoHunter, its new online collector car auction site, the cars consigned have been getting better and better. And not only that, the variety of vehicles offered has expanded, with seemingly everything from pre-war classics to modern collectors cars offered for bidding.

One result is that doing this weekly selection of cars to highlight has become more challenging. 

What I’ve done this week is to select a 6-pack of the vehicles I would most like to take home from the AutoHunter site. Note, however, that these are my selections, and may not be yours, so after checking out what I like, I encourage you to take your own stroll through the AutoHunter docket. I think you’ll be impressed with what else is available there.

1976 Porsche 912E

The Porsche 912E is, believe it or not, one of my all-time favorite Porsche cars. It offers all the build quality and iconic styling of the Porsche 911 of the same era combined with the seriously low service costs of having a Porsche 914 engine under the deck lid. These cars were only built in 1976 are quite rare, only 2,099 were built. Sure, the 912E is not nearly as fast as the 911 of the same period, but it can cover 0-60 in 11 seconds and has a top speed of 115 mph, so it works well in day to day driving. An added benefit is the fuel mileage, which can reach as high as 30 MPG on the highway. This car, finished in Ice Green Metallic paint, also is one of only 500 equipped with a sunroof and that also makes it an obvious pick.

1973 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z is the car that changed the way enthusiasts viewed budget sports cars, offering extremely strong performance both on the street and on track, combined with styling reminiscent of both the Ferrari 275 GTB and the Jaguar E-Type. It combined this with a low price and Japanese reliability. This car, finished in New Sight Orange paint with a black vinyl interior, displays one of the iconic 240Z color combinations. 

This specific 240Z looks to be an excellent example with rare optional air conditioning and factory Blaupunkt Dual Post radio. It carries a build date of October 1972 with registrations in California and Arizona since new, meaning that rust has not likely to have ever attacked this cars body and chassis.

Under the hood, this car features a later 280Z L28 2.8-liter engine equipped with Weber carbs, making this 240Z to be a bit faster than stock. If you are looking for a well sorted 240Z that can hold its own in any vintage rally, this is the one to choose.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko tribute

A Yenko Camaro is a very expensive car to buy with prices well in excess of $200,000, which is more money than I personally have to spend on a Camaro. Happily, someone decided to build this amazingly well done Yenko tribute and to offer it up for bidding on AutoHunter. The car features a 396cid V8, paired with 4-speed M-21 manual transmission and Positraction-equipped rear end with 4.10:1 gears.  Restored as a 427 Yenko Tribute, it features the Yenko striping package, 427 emblems, cowl hood and Yenko logos on the headrests. In addition, the seller states that numerous performance modifications have been added to improve power, handling and braking.

The performance of this Camaro has to be quite strong and I guarantee that it will sell for a bargain price when compared to an actual 1960 Yenko Camaro. Who cares if the car is a tribute as long as you can get it for a much lower price? This Camaro offers everything the real McCoy does for a fraction of the cost.

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1938 Cadillac Series 75 Imperial limousine

If you are looking to arrive in grand style, this Cadillac Series 75 is a way to make a statement. Stored in a climate-controlled facility over the last 25 years, the car is said to have been well maintained with records dating back to 1984. The limo is finished in Moleskin Grey lacquer-paint that is still in good condition with no excessive blemishes. In addition all chrome brightwork is in excellent condition, with no indications of pitting or flaking. 

Not a car to drive yourself but one to be driven it, it would make a perfect car for a night on the town. This classic American limousine is guaranteed to outshine any modern limo with ease.

2008 Porsche 911 Turbo

I am a pretty serious Porsche person and to me the 997 era Porsche 911 Turbo is the last of the truly great turbo 911 cars. The styling in the 997 had reached the pinnacle of the modern 911 design phase and these cars, with an engine with DNA that goes back to the Porsche 962 race car, are epic.

This is a one owner example has an options list that runs a full page and includes everything you may ever want. It is fitted with a Tiptronic automatic transmission which might put off some purists, but in the Turbo it is not a detriment, making the car that much more usable day to day and at the same time not giving up anything in performance. In fact, the Tiptronic-equipped ’08 911 Turbo is faster to 60 mph by 0.3 seconds and has a top speed of a mind-boggling 193 mph.

If you want to be the smart person in the room in the 997 world, consider this 2008 911 Turbo, which is only supercar I can think of that can easily be used as a daily driver.

1985 BMW 635CSI

The E24 BMW 6 Series offered on AutoHunter is one of my all-time favorite GT cars. The styling is elegant and the performance, especially in the 635, is more than adequate for crossing the country at speed and in style. This 635CSI looks to be a clean driver-level example finished in black with a red leather interior. It also has a 5-speed manual gearbox. 

These iconic 1980s era BMW coupes are a wonderful driving car that can be daily driven or shown and are an iconic BMW model that for whatever reason are less expensive to buy than a 2002 is these days. However, these E24 6 Series are beginning to gather some momentum in the collector car market and my advice is  that if you have always wanted one the time to acquire it is now. This car in the stunning black and red combo is a perfect modern collectible BMW.

So those are my selections, but you can check out the entire AutoHunter docket on your own.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Concerning the 1973 Z; I was worried about putting on real SUs instead of the stock junk on my 73. Guess if this one has Webers, mine is OK. Did it 45 years ago. Still have it and no rust cause never drove in winter and has been in dry storage since 1985. Says a lot for a central NY car. Everyone asks if I am going to sell since the demand became so high

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