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AutoHunter docket features cars coming from long-term ownership

But eventually the time comes for someone else to take these vehicles

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There are people who buy vehicles just to flip them — they hope — at a profit, and then there are those who have owned their car or truck for many years and finally have come to the realization that it’s time for someone else to take a turn.

This week we’re featuring six vehicles from the AutoHunter docket that are being offered from relatively long-term ownership, in one case by the same family since the vehicle was brand new in 1988.

1988 Ford Bronco

1988 Ford Bronco

This 1988 Ford Bronco XLT was purchased in California brand new and has been owned by the same family ever since. It also has been covered when parked and is listed as “mostly original.”

It has a 5.0-liter V8 engine linked to a 5-speed automatic transmission and 2-speed transfer case. It also has power windows and locks, air conditioning (which needs recharging), AM/FM/cassette audio, cruise control and tilt steering wheel. 

Mileage is reported to be 126,000 (the odometer has rolled over once), and the vehicle is reported to be accident free throughout its history.

The color is light tan, the interior is tan and brown with woodgrain accents, and the rear section of the top can be removed.

In the category of mostly original, changes since purchase include installing aftermarket diamond-plate running boards. It also appears to have an aftermarket wind blocker at the front edge of the hood.

Note as well that the Bronco is riding on 18-year-old tires.

1940 Ford Deluxe convertible

1940 Ford Deluxe convertible

This 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible has been part of the same family since 1972, purchased nearly 50 years ago by the seller’s father. Since a restoration several years ago, the car has been garage-kept and upgraded with period-correct speed equipment, including Offenhauser heads, twin single-barrel carburetors and upgraded ignition. The engine is linked to a 3-speed, column-shifted manual transmission.

As a Deluxe model, the car has a 2-tone dashboard in maroon and tan, with broad seating surfaces. 

1991 Chevrolet Silverado

1991 Chevrolet Silverado

The seller of this 1991 Chevy Silverado pickup truck reports that the previous owner had the truck for 25 years and it has been stored indoors during winter months since the late 1990s.

The pickup has a color-matched cap over its bed, rides on 5-spoke American Racing wheels, and has power windows and locks, a Pioneer stereo with CD player, a Sun tachometer and a bench seat in the rear of its extended cap setup.

The truck has its factory-installed 5.7-liter V8 engine, rated at 190 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, and linked to an automatic transmission and 4-wheel-drive powertrain with 2-speed transfer case.

The seller notes that the transmission has been rebuilt, the air conditioning components and catalytic converter have been removed, and that minor damage resulted from an incident in 1994. 

The odometer shows 117,000 miles. 

The seller adds that tires and rear shocks will need to be replaced.

1978 Jeep CJ-5

1978 Jeep CJ-5

The consignor has owned this Jeep since January, 1981, and has restored it twice, first in 1999 and then in 2015. Since that second redo, the Jeep has been driven less than 500 miles. 

This CJ5 has fiberglass body panels from a 1995 Wrangler wearing a 2013-correct Crush orange paint and carries features from various CJ, YJ and modern Wranglers. The fender flares are from a 2006 model and the rear bumper came from a 1986 Suzuki Samurai.

The 15-inch Ion wheels wear 33-inch BFG All-Terrain T/A tires.

The engine is a 258cid AMC inline 6 with a Holley 4-barrel carburetor and Hedman headers. Transmission is via a 3-speed manual with a T-handle shifter.

The Jeep has an aftermarket audio system and during its second restoration, received a factory air/climate control system.

1967 Pontiac Firebird

1967 Pontiac Firebird

The consignor has had this Firebird for eight years and in 2019 completed its restoration and customization. The car retains its factory 326cid V8 engine and 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. The seller says the original mileage is 65,200, only 50 of them since June 2020, when the car got new 5-spoke wheels and tires.

The paint is Lamborghini Orange with black stripes on the hood and black spoilers front and rear. The color scheme extends to the interior.

1970 Dodge Challenger 

1970 Dodge Challenger 

Owned by the seller for seven years is this 1970 Dodge Challenger, which the seller says has been garage stored and received regular maintenance.

The car looks nice in dark burnt orange with a black vinyl top, the body color reapplied a decade ago by the previous owner (there is a scratch on the bottom edge of the passenger door, the seller notes).

Power is provided by a 318cid V8 linked to an automatic transmission. The coupe has power brakes and steering and an aftermarket audio system.

There’s much more to see on AutoHunter, the online collector car auction website driven by ClassicCars.com, and we merely focused today on cars we found with long-term or relatively long-term ownership histories.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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