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And he picks a show car, driving-event car and a car just for fun that are up for auction

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This week it is again my turn to choose some cars from our current AutoHunter auction site docket that I would most like to have in my garage. 

I tried to choose cars that served different purposes, such as a show car, a driving-event car, and a car that just would be fun to take out on a Saturday morning drive.

So here is my list from this week’s great selection of AutoHunter, driven by ClassicCars.com, auction cars:

Show car: 1946 Lincoln Continental convertible

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This stunning maroon Lincoln definitely fits into the show category as it has already been shown at an AACA national event last year where it won a first-place award as well as being shown at the Concours d’Elegance in Boca Raton.

That alone should speak to how nice this Lincoln is at present. It also is important to know the years the car won awards because that speaks to when the car was restored and to how well the car has held up in the meantime. Since this Lincoln won the AACA accolades just last year, and also was shown at Boca the same year, it tells me that this should be a very fine example. 

These later Lincolns are often overshadowed by the earlier Continentals and as a result offer quite a bit of car for the money. Also, despite many other people’s opinion, I actually prefer the later style front-end treatment on these cars.

Vintage Driving Event Car: 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

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This is a great example of a fun event car, especially if that event is the Bandit Run, a gathering of classic Trans Am cars that recreates the Smokey and the Bandit run route from the film of the same name. Everyone I have ever spoken with that has attended this event had an amazing time, and this specific Trans Am, in the correct color scheme for the movie, just minus the often-leaky T-top option, would be a great car on this event.

 That is even more the case when you factor in that this specific Trans Am is powered by a Chevrolet 5.3-liter LS V8 as opposed to the standard 1979 low-power V8 that it had out of the assembly plant.

Of course, an engine-swapped car will not have the same value as an investment, but to me the added fun of having some real horsepower under the hood more than makes up for that.

Just for fun car: 2009 Aston Martin DB9 Volante

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It is hard to beat an Aston Martin for sheer car enjoyment, especially as a car that you can take to a show, take to work, and then also take across the country. The DB9 is a truly awesome car and makes a statement wherever it arrives. You will be guaranteed front row parking at any fine hotel or restaurant valet line and the DB9 to me just equates with sheer driving pleasure in its finest form. 

These are very special cars and the used prices for these cars, even at auction, when compared to their prices when new represent one of the best deals in the world for a late model exotic car.

 In addition, the Aston Martin Owners Club (https://www.amoc.org/) holds some of the finest and most exclusive events in the world and this DB9 is your ticket to those at what will likely be a very nice price. If you buy this car be sure that you join the club and also be sure you let Aston Martin know that you are the new owner of this car through its website or via an Aston dealer as they tend to send invites to their owners for many interesting events.

And there’s much more to see on the AutoHunter website.

Andy Reid
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.

4 COMMENTS

    • It should have a V-12, but in fact the twelve was an extended Ford V-8, and delivered little power. The earlier ones, i.e. the ‘forty-one and ‘forty-two, tended to overheat and to develop sludge.

      Cadillac offered a magnificent V-16 (from amongst a choice of three engines, including an eight and a twelve – the latter introduced in nineteen hundred-and-thirty-one) between nineteen hundred-and – thirty and nineteen hundred-and-forty. Marmon introduced a V-16 in nineteen hundred-and-thirty-one – and it was their consultant engineer, Owen Nacker, who designed the V-16 for Cadillac.

      One other thing about the Lincoln. How is it possible for the driver to see around a car with blind rear quarters?

  1. Watched a movie last nite called “The Long Good bye” with Elliott Gould playing a private detective. All thru the movie he was driving a 1946 Lincoln convert. just like this one, but black.

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