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Diego’s AutoHunter Picks

Diversity is its strength


Those who lean towards the eclectic will enjoy these AutoHunter Picks. While a basic Subaru Impreza may scream “boring!” to some, the combination of it with American muscle and a big ol’ pickup truck is what makes these picks diverse. Which one currently leads your needs?

1977 GMC C2500 Sierra Classic
Again I’m presented with a situation where I’m simply not into pickups, yet there’s something that pulls me in. Color combo? Check. Stump-pulling engine? Check. Camper Special package? Check. Build sheet? Check. Clean and in fine condition? Check. This ¾-ton pickup looks to be an honest, well-equipped representation of a GM truck from the era.

And, thanks to the build sheet, we can see this 1977 GMC has some fine options beyond the 454, such as power disc brakes up front, dual exhausts, AM-FM radio, tilt-steering, gauge package, sliding rear window, 3.73 axle, and so much more. A customer in Roseville, California spec’d this out nicely and took care of it, as did subsequent owners. You can now be the next gentle owner.

2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS
As the owner of a low-mileage 2021 WRX (soon to appear here?), I have a soft spot for older Subarus before the company’s design team forgot how to style a car that’s not ugly. I’ve road-tripped in a friend’s Impreza similar to this (with a stick-shift, no less), so I’ve been seduced by its underpowered “I-think-I-can” charms and reliability.

This 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS features a AWD system (of course) and some rally-inspired elements like the fog lights that keep this Subie from being confused with lesser, less interesting compacts. The flat-four (and presumably the automatic too) has 162,580 miles on it and, within the last 2,500 miles, it has received a new head gasket, timing chain, and water pump. Sunroof, magnificent JL Auto stereo, power windows and door locks, and air conditioning belie the fact this is almost an antique.

1964 Pontiac GTO
I have this thing for two-tone cars – no, not Impalas with white- or black-painted tops, but less common cars, especially with contrasting hues. This Goat is just the ticket as it’s painted Alamo Beige with a Singapore Gold top. With these hues, this Poncho likely is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I imagine it was ordered by an adult and not some anxious hot-rodding kid who realized 409s were old hat.

This 1964 Pontiac GTO is a Sports Coupe (with B-pillar) equipped with the standard 325-horsepower 389, though now it’s fuel-injected instead of having the four-barrel. Transmission is the optional Super Turbine 300 automatic. Features like console, exhaust splitters, and Safe-T-Track are desirable, while power steering, power brakes, and retro-look radio upgrade are appreciated. If you have longed for a Goat, this one’s unique.

1970 Dodge Challenger
When the Challenger was introduced, the performance model was called R/T (plus the luxo R/T SE). Standard was a 383, with the 440 Magnum, 440 Six Pack, and 426 Hemi being options. What about the 340 giant-killer? That was reserved for the base Challenger with the A66 package, which included the Bumblebee stripe and other hi-po equipment shared with the R/T.

A66 Challenger are enigmatic but have a small-but-strong following, so it’s somewhat of a shame this interesting car has received a 440 Magnum transplant. Combined with the Pistol Grip four-speed, this Chally has gotta be fun. Add the Hemi Orange paint, longitudinal R/T stripe, and Torq Thrusts and this Challenger presents well and exploits everything that is great about this vintage Mopar.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


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