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Kick the year off with a new (full-sized) toy car


The new year brings with it resolutions, goals, and aspirations for many people. Maybe this is finally the year that you will reward yourself with a collector car that you’ve always dreamed of. Over the years, AutoHunter has auctioned thousands of vehicles to people like you. Perhaps one of my three selections today will catch your eye enough that you decide to add it to your garage. Here’s to hoping!

1995 Toyota 4Runner SR5

The 4Runner is indeed “for running,” whether on-road or off. The modern-day 4Runner remains one of the few body-on-frame sport-utility vehicles and carries its weight as a rugged, capable machine. That same formula started four decades ago in 1984 when the first generation was marketed as the Toyota Hilux Surf in Japan.

Today’s feature 4Runner is a low-mileage second-generation unit offered by a dealership in Ross, Ohio that remained long-term with just one owner. Even at nearly 30 years old, its odometer reads just 98,920 miles. Why buy a new one when this classic version’s 3.0-liter V6 is barely broken in? These were the days of simple technology combined with robust engineering. Other than an upgraded Pioneer Bluetooth radio, the equipment on this 4Runner remains original and unmodified.

The grippy 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires are ready to eat up the terrain of any type. The auction for this 4Runner ends on Thursday, January 4, at 1:15 p.m. MST.

2000 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Coming from a dealership in New Braunfels, Texas, this F-body sports coupe is another low-miler, showing just 30,000 miles on the odometer. The Monterey Maroon Metallic 2000 Camaro Z28 sport coupe comes from the fourth generation of one of America’s favorite muscle cars. It also has a clean CARFAX report as well as a recently-passed safety inspection. Jump in and drive!

Muscle comes from an LS1 5.7-liter V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, but the performance equipment list doesn’t stop there. This car has been upgraded with a Precision Industries torque converter, a Thunder Racing camshaft, fifth-generation Corvette heads, Manley performance valves, a performance intake manifold, and SLP (“Street Legal Performance”) long tube headers. Included in the listing is a video showing a start-up sequence and a couple of quick revs. The car sounds wicked, especially from behind, thanks to a custom quad-outlet exhaust system.

Thanks to removable roof panels, this Camaro offers a convertible vibe when weather permits. Prepare to feel the wind in your hair in summer 2024! The auction ends tomorrow, January 3, at 1:30 p.m. MST.

1981 DeLorean DMC-12

This gullwinged sports coupe is bound to draw attention anywhere it goes. Its unmistakable stainless-steel body and wedge shape make it stand out from the crowd, not to mention the fact that a similar car was the starring performer in one of the most successful movie franchises of the 20th century. Showing just 24,109 miles on the odometer, this unmodified DMC-12 is being offered by a dealer in Rogers, Minnesota, and the auction ends this Friday, January 5, at 12:15 p.m. MST.

According to the AutoHunter listing, this car remained with its prior owner over 25 years. Records are limited (even the CARFAX shows just one line item) but based on the photos, this car has led a leisurely garage-kept life over its 42 years. There were only about 9,000 DeLoreans sold over its model lifespan between 1981 and 1983. The rear-mounted 2.85-liter V6 was rated at 130 horsepower and 153 lb-ft of torque, and today’s featured car has the optional three-speed automatic transmission which added $650 to the original retail price.

The DeLorean’s fame can be attributed in large part to its appearance in Back to the Future. One of the few remaining cars used in the film series sold for $541,200 in 2011. This could be your chance to own one for significantly less! The dealer has provided a narrated video that shows the car in greater detail.

Bid away!

New year, new beginnings, and maybe a new (old) car in the garage? We like the sound of that.

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Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  1. The dealer with the 2000 z28 is known for pricing his cars 20% or higher on all of his cars. Nice cars but he waits for suckers to come in.

    Buyer beware.

  2. Happy New Year Mr. H! I remember the Toyota Hilux 4dr pickups from when I served in the Middle East and SubSaharan Africa, early ’80s. When Libya invaded Chad in’82, the locals, backed by France and *ahem* others massacred modern Russian armor with “technicals”, Hilux pickups with heavy machine guns, rocket launchers, or recoilless rifles mounted in the bed. No armor, no body armor, just insanely brave NATO advised locals with ‘Yoda pickups. You can Google Earth and still see some of that destroyed Russian armor sitting in the Sahara. Good times, that.


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