This week on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, we highlight a collection of vehicles handpicked by our Journal writing team. Make sure you check out all of AutoHunter’s current listings here.
Monday, April 3
This two-door hardtop looks stock, but underneath the hood is a 355-horsepower “ZZ4” 350 crate motor. With that kind of modification, this Tri-Five seems somewhat transgendered because the engine doesn’t jibe with its appearance.
Not all Camaros are equal, and this one is more equal than others. Look at the data plate and you’ll see it’s an original four-speed Rally Sport and, since no engine is designated, it likely was a 327 two-barrel. A sporty car on regular gas when new, but now it’s been repurposed.
Tuesday, April 4
Seeing this hot rod stuffed with a 454 makes me think the new owner will need to buy a life insurance policy. I’ve never driven such a vehicle so I’m terribly curious if driving it would be both scary and smile-inducing.
2016 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet
An E-Class Merc ragtop powered by a twin-turbo V8 was not small change when new, but I bet these have depreciated enough that it’s affordable to status slaves and beyond. Please no hate mail, but I think this is more interesting than a 20-year-old Corvette ragtop.
Wednesday, April 5
Yes, another Tri-five on the list, this one a two-door wagon, which already has been pushed towards hot rod status. Still, I’d want to add a metalflake paint job, add Day 2 parts, and change the mags to something like Cragar G/T Plus.
1972 International Harvester Scout II
The company that practically invented the SUV updated the Scout in 1971 to create the Scout II. I have no idea how it compares to Blazers or other recreational vehicles of the period but for some reason it seem badder than all the rest.
Thursday, April 6
1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
When the Firebird was redesigned in 1982, the adolescent me fell in love, but I thought the facelifted version looked even better. This one features the standard 170-horsepower 5.0 V8 with five-speed manual, well below the 190- and 210-horse versions available at the time. If you wished you were cooler in high school, then your car has arrived.
So high-school you wanted the above Trans Am, or this Fiero GT? The Fiero was a more modern performance car, and that mid-engine thing is intriguing, but I am not sure I’d want one with the THM125 automatic. If I dropped in a Buick turbo-six, I’d be fine with the auto.
Friday, April 7
The convertibles have the reverse-hinged trunklid mechanism as if they’re faking being a Skyliner, which is cool for kids aged 0 to 100. Add the new-for-1965 sequential taillights and it’s hard to lose with a T-bird of this vintage.
The first of the new SLs aren’t common to find in America, as sales truly didn’t take off until the 1980s. But if you want a fuel-injected OHC V8 in a sporty package, there weren’t many cars at the time that offered the credentials of this Mercedes. Note the small bumpers too.