Original cars that sparked our interest in the AutoHunter dossier
From a unique muscle car from the 1960s to a small compact from the UK, AutoHunter delivers some fascinating examples of automotive innovation.
AutoHunter, ClassicCars.com’s online auction platform, has a pretty diverse selection of classic cars and vintage trucks at all times, but this week we’ve been very impressed with these interesting outliers.
These five fun machines are currently up for auction on the AutoHunter site.
1968 AMC AMX
One of the most distinctive sports coupes of the muscle car era, the 2-seater AMX was originally designed as a competitor to the Corvette, but it soon became apparent that it was more pony-compliant. Mustang and Camaro cars. And when equipped with the 390cid, like this one, the lightweight AMX has become a powerful performer.
The coupe’s cropped rear and wide C-pillar set it apart from the crowd, a look that was controversial then but is gaining in popularity today.
This AMX is described as a rust-free example in essentially original condition with the exception of a repaint to its correct metallic bronze shade and a re-upholstered interior. Standing on a Magnum 500 style wheel set, the coupe appears to be in sparkling condition.
The 390cid V8 features a forged steel camshaft and connecting rods and is rated at 315 horsepower and muscular torque of 425 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a BorgWarner Shift Command 3-speed automatic transmission and 2.87 at the rear.
1947 Custom Plymouth Special Deluxe
It’s not often that you see a ’40s Plymouth that received the full lead sled treatment, but here it is, a custom cruiser with a cut top and a lowered stance in the weeds. The headlights and taillights have been recessed and a dual exhaust exits from under the rear bumper.
The car is painted in tuxedo black and features “comfortable driving dynamics, optimal panel fit and premium glossy finishes,” the seller said.
Despite its extensive customization, the Plymouth has an air of authenticity with a re-upholstered but original looking interior and powered by its decent 217cid inline-6, which has been upgraded with custom headers and an Offenhauser grip. The engine is paired with a modern 4-speed automatic transmission for easy navigation.
1961 Morris Minor 1000
From the wilderness of the British Isles comes this pillar of the vintage British automobile, an example of the Series III proletarian sedan designed by the remarkable Alec Issigonis, who later designed the Austin Mini landmark. Minors were once very common in the UK, much like the VW Beetle in Germany, but not that often seen in the US.
This Minor spent around three decades in storage before being fully restored, according to the seller, and repainted in a nice shade of British Racing Green. Since then, the car has won numerous awards at shows, the seller says.
The sedan, as the British would say, is powered by a 1.0-liter engine and a 4-speed manual transmission. Some mechanical issues were fixed last summer, the seller says, and the little car is now ready to drive and enjoy.
1956 Packard Caribbean convertible
This grand and luxurious luxury handcraft, produced towards the end of time for one of America’s greatest classic brands, is something of a rarity, with only 276 of the top droptops produced for this model year. Its tricolor paintwork bears the international names of Dover White, Danube Blue and Roman Copper, and the Packard appears to be in superb condition after a restoration completed in 2010.
The full-size convertible is powered by its original 374cid V8 engine with push-button automatic transmission. The car looks fresh and clean inside, out and under the hood.
There is a lot of interest in the Caribbean for AutoHunter, with lively auctions pushing up its price. The Packards still have a solid base of enthusiasts young and old, and this one looks like a prime example of this exclusive model.
1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
This T’bird isn’t eccentric, per se, other than its rarely seen drivetrain: a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-4 mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. While most of these personal luxury coupes were fitted with V6 or V8 engines, sporty examples like this are rare and special.
The engine, which develops 190 horsepower, has been rebuilt in the last 2,000 kilometers and the clutch has also been replaced, according to the seller.
The Thunderbird is painted in Light Twilight Blue Metallic “accented with a red accent stripe that wraps around the perimeter of the lower body,” notes the seller, along with other model-specific trim that sets the Turbo Coupe apart from its brethren. more common.