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Five fun rides chosen from the docket of AutoHunter auction cars

Muscle cars, a street rod and an Italian roadster designed for driving enthusiasts

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My AutoHunter picks this time around are cars built strictly for fun, a squadron of muscle cars, an Italian roadster and a straight-up street rod, all available for bidding right now.

1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS L78 396

One of the all-time favorite GM muscle cars, this L78 has been professionally restored to original specs with numbers-matching 396 V8 rated at 375 horsepower and 4-speed Muncie manual transmission, hooked up with a 4.10 12-bolt Posi rear. The coupe has been driven just 64,000 miles, and many original parts were retained in the restoration, according to the seller. 

The Chevelle is finished in Matador Red with a black bench-seat interior, and looks factory fresh in the photos with the listing.  This Chevy offered in Boca Raton, Florida, is the hot setup for show and go.

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1930 Ford 5-window coupe street rod

The classic rod built from an original Ford steel body wears a 3-inch roof chop and Brandywine metallic paint over a two-tone black-and-white leatherette interior.  The Chevy 350cid V8 is equipped with three 2-barrel Rochester carbs and performance headers fed into a Turbo 400 automatic transmission.

The car rides on a pinched 1932 Ford frame with rack-and-pinion steering, adjustable coil-over suspension and disc brakes up front.  Aftermarket powder-coated wheels are fitted with chrome “smoothy” hubcaps and shod with reproduction Hurst pie-crust tires. 

The interior is fitted with a bench seat upholstered in black leatherette with white tuck-and-roll stitched inserts, with door panels in the same two-tone pattern. The dashboard came from a 1936 Chevrolet pickup and has been upgraded with AutoMeter gauges. 

1981 Fiat 124 Spider 2000  

The Fiat 124 is a sports car classic, a popular piece of la dolce vita designed by Pininfarina and powered by a 2.0-liter twin-cam inline-4 hooked to a 5-speed manual transmission. 

This Fiat was restored in 2010, according to the seller, and sparkles in Dark Silver Metallic paint with a black top and saddle-leather interior. Upgrades include an Ansa exhaust system, 14-inch Cromodora wheels, modern audio, added wood accents and a Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel.

The metric speedometer reads just 46,000 kilometers, or 28,580 miles, which the Vancouver, British Columbia, seller says is what has been accumulated since the car’s restoration.

1972 Pontiac GTO 455 HO

Another muscle-car stalwart, this GTO is a “high output” model with a 455cid V8 under its hood backed up by a Muncie M22 “rock crusher” 4-speed manual transmission, an intense setup guaranteed to shake the ground any time you hit the throttle.  Treated to a total restoration, the coupe was finished in Anaconda Gold with a Cordova Beige top over a stock brown interior.

The balanced-and-blueprinted V8 is not original but correct for how the car came from the factory, the seller says, with performance improved via 9.5:1 compression, a Ram Air IV camshaft, forged 455 Super Duty connecting rods and Keith Black forged pistons. The engine bay retains original appearance, including the Ram Air intake.

Stopping power also has been enhanced with 4-wheel disc brakes, and handling improved by Hotchkiss suspension components.  New Hurst 15-inch wheels are fitted with Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/T tires; the original Rally II wheels are included in the sale.

2007 Ford Mustang Roush Roadster

 Speaking of intense, here’s a no-nonsense custom Mustang convertible powered by a supercharged V8, among its many tweaks, No. 61 of just 100 produced by Roush Performance as a special edition.  Driven just 1,900 miles, this 415-horsepower rocket is finished in Redfire and Black with a matching two-tone interior.

Special equipment includes a 4-piece aero package, lowered Roush performance suspension setup, and custom carbon-fiber interior trim.  Custom 20-inch RR04 forged wheels are mounted with Cooper Zeon ZR-rated performance tires.  

The Mustang original 4.6-liter V8 was boosted with a full Stage-3 upgrade package by Roush, which includes a Roush supercharger, intercooler, free-flow intake manifold, high-flow cold air intake, larger radiator and an ECU tune.

By the way, this Roush conversion was priced at $25,348 on top of the Mustang convertible’s MSRP of $32,385.  

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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