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Bob goes for sporty performance as his AutoHunter choices

The group is led by a gorgeously restored 1969 Camaro Z/28 in Daytona Yellow


My turn for picking favorites among a great batch of AutoHunter offerings, among them some superlative examples of Detroit performance, a custom hot rod, and an iconic Japanese sports coupe. 

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

This sparkling coupe is a highly desirable model finished in Daytona Yellow with a black Z21 interior. It was totally restored in 2015, the seller says, and looks and drives like new. 

“A genuine Z/28, this Camaro carries its original, matching-numbers 302ci V8 paired with a 4-speed manual transmission,” the seller says. “All major mechanical components are original to the vehicle, including the engine, transmission, rear end, and many others.”

The Camaro comes with its original Protect-O-Plate as well as certification by Jerry MacNiesh of Camaro High-Performance, a certificate of authenticity by the Nickey Registry.  The car is powered by its factory 302 cid V8 linked with a M21 Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and 12-bolt 4.10 rear with positraction. 

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1973 Datsun 240Z

A clean Western car with an Arizona title, the Datsun is finished in what is believed to be its original New Sight Orange paint with a reupholstered interior that includes air conditioning and a Blaupunkt Dual Post audio system with Rockford Fosgate speakers.

Chrome trim around the windows and the bumpers is in good with no signs of pitting or peeling, the seller says, and the Z rides on 14-inch Western wheels shod with Cooper C53 touring tires. 

The original 2.8-liter straight-6 engine has been upgraded with a pair of Weber 36/38mm carburetors and Cannon manifold, and a polished valve cover and air-cleaner housings.  Power is fed through a rebuilt 4-speed manual transmission.

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1968 Dodge Coronet R/T convertible

This sharp-looking muscle car classic was one of just 519 produced, the seller says, and has been set up to drive and show.  The convertible was “rotisserie restored” in 2010, and was acquired by the seller in 2015 and further improved.  The Dodge was the winner of a 2017 America Graffiti Award, the seller adds.  The odometer shows just 42,000 miles.

Big-block power is provided by the matching-numbers 440 Magnum V8 and 727 Torqueflite automatic transmission, both of which were rebuilt to factory specs, with an original-equipment-style Accurate Exhaust system. 

The car is finished in Racing Green Metallic with red R/T tail stripes, and fitted with 17-inch Magnum 500 billet wheels and Redline tires. Among the drivability upgrades are aftermarket disc brakes with slotted rotors.

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1940 Ford Deluxe street rod

The ’40 Ford is a classic in its own right, and a favorite among customizers who create such beauties as this Midnight Black coupe with a cream-leather interior and stroked 347cid V8.  Power is sent through a C4 3-speed automatic transmission with a B&M T-handle shifter and a 9-inch rear end with 3:55 gears. 

“The car rides on its original chassis but the body itself has 27 modifications, including fiberglass rear fenders that have been widened by three inches,” the seller notes. “The door handles have been shaved and the car has a chrome billet grille and chrome headlight surrounds.  LED taillamps at the rear are equipped on the rear along with a dual exhaust system with quad polished tips.”

Other hot rod touches include Billet Specialties aluminum wheels that are 20-inch rear and 18-inch front, a polished suspension system equipped with Heidts 2-inch drop spindles and 4-wheel disc brakes with performance Wilwood calipers finished in red. 

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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 

The 2-door post is a great example of a resto-mod that has been restored and upgraded with more-modern gear for improved drivability.  Under the hood is a 350cid V8 sourced from a 1969 Camaro, which has been rebuilt with a performance camshaft, chromed air cleaner and valve covers with the Heartbeat red script.

Other refinements include a 4-speed automatic transmission, dual exhaust, front disc brakes, modern audio system and 15-inch Weld Racing aluminum wheels. 

Overall, a very-clean-looking Bel Air in two-tone red and white that is ready to be enjoyed on the highway as well as displayed at a local show.

To see what else is available for bidding, visit the AutoHunter website.

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.


  1. You chose some great ones this time. I love them all, maybe a little less for the Datsun. Thanks for this write up.
    God bless America


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