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Tyson’s AutoHunter Picks

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January is a time of year when thousands of collectible vehicles find their way into new garages. Barrett-Jackson’s largest auction, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is in full swing. In parallel, special vehicles continue to sell every weekday on AutoHunter, one of the leading online auction websites. If you haven’t created an account or browsed the docket, here are a few cars that might entice you to do so.

1938 Chevrolet Coupe

The striking pearlescent teal color on this resto-mod was the first thing that drew me in. Then, I started watching the selling dealer’s video that accompanies the listing. I was sold as soon as I heard the start-up and the 350cid V8 engine rev. This custom coupe undoubtedly sounds as good as it looks. It is being offered in St. Louis, Missouri and the auction ends this week, so check it out soon.

The blending of old and new was executed brilliantly with this hot rod build. The overall look conveys a clean curb appeal with deleted bumpers, custom turn signals, flush-fit glass, smoothed running boards, shaved door handles, and a recessed license plate. Moving to the interior, we find white leather bucket seats, a tilt steering column, and a CD sound system.

Best of all, momentum comes from a crate-sourced 350cid small-block V8 with a FiTech fuel injection system. In other words, the body may look 86 years old, but the running gear is fresh.

The auction ends this Friday, January 26, 2024 at 12:30 p.m. MST.

1969 Toyota FJ40

Coming from a private party in Rancho Cucamonga, California, this FJ has a long list of upgrades for the off-road enthusiast. The most important component of the build is found underneath its hood, where a Chevrolet Vortec 5.7-liter small-block V8 has been installed to take the place of the original motor. Additional upgrades include a 4L60E four-speed automatic transmission, disc brakes, Rancho shock absorbers, and Dana axles.

The J40 platform had a lengthy lifespan at Toyota. It was produced by Toyota from 1960 through 2001. It was a body-on-frame sport-utility that developed an early and lasting reputation for its all-terrain capabilities and overall ruggedness. What that in mind, today’s featured FJ40 is by no means a concours-level show piece. To the contrary, its body has a few blemishes, but that means prospective bidders don’t have to stress out too much about using the vehicle for its intended purpose.

The auction ends next Monday, January 29, 2024 at 1:45 p.m. MST.

1995 AM General M10245A2

Known as the HMMWV (and later colloquially as the “Humvee”), this go-anywhere vehicle was marketed as a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle. Try saying that a few times quickly.

The original Humvee was used primarily by the United States military, but civilian sales started later down the road. Relatively few “M1025A2” model pickups, like today’s featured truck, are seen on the roads today. This one carries a few special elements that set it apart from the rest. Most notable are a ghost-style black camouflage wrap, LED lighting, and a powder-coated grille. The 38-inch Interco Super Swamper tires look like they mean serious business when the going gets rough.

Power for this big-rig comes from a 6.2-liter diesel V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission and a dual-range transfer case. The listing stats that a rebuild was carried out within the last 1,500 miles, and the truck has received replacement batteries, a fuel pump, glow plugs, a starter, and a new muffler.

The auction ends next Monday, January 29, 2024 at 12:45 p.m. MST.

Whether you are visiting the auctions this week in-person or online, good luck to all bidders!

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.


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