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Bob plays favorites with AutoHunter auction choices

Some standouts among the offerings from GM, Ford and Mopar

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Here’s an all-American selection of popular cars from the late 1960s, and one from the early ’70s, for my turn to pick favorites among the offerings on AutoHunter, the online-auction site from ClassicCars.com.

They include a Corvette C2 roadster, a Pontiac executive express, a custom Hemi ‘Cuda, and one of those inexplicably valuable Ford Broncos.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette roadster

This Vette is set up just the way I like them, with a 327cid, 390-horsepower V8 linked with a 4-speed manual transmission and a top that goes down. This three-owner car has been in the possession of the current seller for the past 46 years. Painted Sunfire Yellow with a black interior and leather seats, the roadster was the recipient of a full body-off restoration in 2009, the seller says, and remains in immaculate condition.

A matching yellow hardtop comes with this attractive sports car, and everything works as it should.  The Corvette is also a multiple show winner and has a gaggle of trophies to prove it.

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Model J

The Model J was the performance version of this super-sized “personal luxury car,” powered by a 400cid V8 rated at 350 horsepower and linked with a Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission.  These were seriously fast cars in their day, especially for a fully equipped car with considerable heft.  This one appears to be in well-preserved condition with Matador Red paint, burgundy interior and a Parchment “Cordova” roof.

This Pontiac absolutely sparkles in the photos with the listing, and the interior looks barely used.  Nice to see it standing on its correct 14-inch 5-spoke wheels show with BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires.  A very nicely presented example of the stylish “executive express.”

1972 Plymouth Barracuda custom Hemi

The Barracuda is a custom build boasting a 550-horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V8 under its scooped hood.  Painted in Dodge Destroyer Gray with “strobe stripe” graphics, and riding on satin-black Foose 2K wheels, this Cuda looks very striking and ready for action. 

The engine is a 2016 Hemi V8 with just 16,000 miles on it, with new bearings, rings, cam phasers and timing chains.  Among the upgrades listed by the sellers are: “a Holley Sniper intake, a Holley Terminator X Max ECU featuring electronic transmission control, drive-by-wire throttle body control, and four programmable inputs and outputs, COMP cams no-spring high lift cam, TTi Performance 2″ ceramic-coated headers, a Hellcat throttle body; MSD coil packs, Accel injectors, MDS delete, a Melling high-volume oil pump, aluminum radiator with electric fans, and an ATI super damper.”

So yes, this would be a serious muscle car.  It drives well, too, the seller adds, with “handling… managed by Wilwood Hydro-boost power brakes, rack and pinion steering, a modern 4-link suspension, a strengthened subframe, and more.”

1969 Ford Bronco

First-generation Broncos remain the darlings of the 4X4 collector car universe, their values reaching unexpected highs with expensive restorations common and custom upgrades a regular feature for what was once considered a Jeep CJ wannabe. 

This Bronco beauty is a perfect example of what’s been going on with these stylish off-roaders, which is looking showroom fresh after a body-off restoration in 2018 and supplemented with a 3-inch lift, 33-inch wheels with BFG all-terrain tires and a modern high-performance audio system. 

Fewer than 300 miles have been put on this Bronco since its restoration, the seller says which included a fresh coat of Dark Metallic Green paint with a white top and stock interior.  Power is provided by a 302cid V8 with automatic transmission, along with power steering and brakes, with discs up front. Open-air driving is offered with the removable factory hard top supplemented by a roll bar and bikini top.

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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