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Andy shares AutoHunter picks for the new year

His list this week includes a NASCAR-raced stock car

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Welcome to my New Year’s edition of AutoHunter picks for the week. They cars I’ve selected from the online collector car auction site driven by ClassicCars.com, are all over the map in types of vehicles, but each is fun and a cause for celebration.

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SL  

AutoHunter, Andy shares AutoHunter picks for the new year, ClassicCars.com Journal

I know that these R107 roadsters come up all the time among my AutoHunter picks, and often for my Pick of the Day from the ClassicCars.com marketplace listings as well. The reason is simple: These cars are about as close to perfect that a GT roadster has ever been. 

They deliver on all levels and exude class and luxury. This one is painted Pastel Blue with a blue MB Tex interior and appears to be a nice driver condition example of these great cars. At the right price this car would be a great buy.

1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 NASCAR race car

AutoHunter, Andy shares AutoHunter picks for the new year, ClassicCars.com Journal
AutoHunter, Andy shares AutoHunter picks for the new year, ClassicCars.com Journal

This NASCAR Olds Delta 88 is from what many consider to be the golden era of NASCAR stock car racing. Driven in period in the Winston Cup series by Lake Speed, this car is ready for the track. In the year it was raced by Speed, he drove it  in 14 Winston Cup races, scoring 6 top-10 finishes, including a third place at the grueling Coca-Cola 600 and a second at the Winston Open. 

This car is equipped with a correct dry sump 358cid engine with a Jerico 4-speed gearbox and a quick-change rear end. Yes, it should ideally have a Ford 9-inch rear end but the quick change is a welcome change if you are going to vintage race this car as you should.

2005 Dodge Viper SRT-10

AutoHunter, Andy shares AutoHunter picks for the new year, ClassicCars.com Journal

This Viper roadster is the 22nd of 200 Mamba Edition versions that featured special interior details. The Viper continues to be a big deal in the collector car market and limited editions like this Mamba are bound to continue to increase in value, especially ones like this example with only 6,000 original miles. 

Do not forget that these cars were literally hand built in Detroit, something we are sadly not likely to see again from one of the Big 3 manufacturers.

1950 Nash Rambler Custom Landau 

AutoHunter, Andy shares AutoHunter picks for the new year, ClassicCars.com Journal
AutoHunter, Andy shares AutoHunter picks for the new year, ClassicCars.com Journal

If you are looking for something different, then this Nash should fit the bill. The convertible coupe bodywork offers all the fun of a convertible with its sliding cloth roof panel but adds the convenience of a hardtop in a car that you are not ever likely to see parked next to you at your local car show.

To see what else is on the docket, visit AutoHunter.

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.

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