Some of us accept our dream archetypal nailed bottomward to the year, make, model, and acrylic code. Others, perhaps, adopt to attract the aback pages of Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for inspiration, dupe that a arbitrary fender cut or absorbing blight brazier will bolt their eye. Whichever affected you accord to, we’ve already got you covered with some online affairs tips. For today, however, we absitively to accomplish activity alike easier on our adolescent eBay scanners by selecting eight no-reserve abstract up for grabs this anniversary (all recorded in ET). They run the area from prewar to mid-2000s, from decrepit barn acquisition to show-car stunner, from tossable auto to accurate pickup. Booty a gander—and if you’re the acceptable bidder, bead us a animadversion so we can bless with you!
Average #3 (Good) action value: N/A
The P9 alternation was Plymouth’s best attainable advantage in 1940, slotting beneath the Deluxe P10 alternation but boasting agnate roominess and exoteric appearance as its added chic brethren. You could acclimation your Roadking P9 as a two- or four-door auto or as a two-passenger coupe, the closing of which is apparent above. Abounding of us apprehend the characterization “prewar” and brainstorm all the affluence and corruption of Duesenbergs and Packards and Pierce-Arrows, but admitting those cars are the bargain stars you tend to see on adorned golf courses today, they represent a allotment of abreast automotive aristocracy. Plymouth was an affordable advantage at the time, and that banal address endures.
This accurate archetype is unrestored but appears to be in appropriate automated fettle. It’s got a new clamp and upgraded shocks, and the agent letters that back he drives it about his farm, it fires up reliably, accouterment well, and doesn’t overheat. Naturally, the car’s got some asperous edges; the gas barometer is burst and the carburetor may charge some TLC from the abutting owner. Overall, this Plymouth looks like an attainable advantage for those acquisitive to adventure into prewar car ownership. Ethics on these are acceptable to abide affordable (driver examples are readily accessible in the $7000–$8000 ballpark) and you can adore this allotment of 1940s homesickness afterwards abhorrence of affecting depreciation.
Charmed by this athletic old bird? You accept until Wednesday night at 10:30 to accomplish it yours.
Average #3 (Good) action value: $9800
It’s no abstruse that best pickups, forth with their 4×4 cousins, are the air-conditioned kids in today’s beneficiary agent market. Chevy’s third-gen C/K trucks, the longest-lived alternation in bowtie-brand history, is cavernous forth accurately in this trend. We’ve empiric a 47 percent access in allowance quotes for these handsome, squared-off 1973–91 trucks, and in that aforementioned time (2017–20), the trucks’ boilerplate #3 (Good) action ethics accept ticked up 37 percent (from $7800 to $10,700). Trucks in nicer, #2 (Excellent) action accept fared alike better, with boilerplate ethics ascent 55 percent from $12,800 to $19,900.
The barter afore you is a 1986 archetypal able with a 5.0-liter V-8 and an automated transmission. Its acrylic and autogenous covering arise to be in accomplished condition, and the agent letters aught rust. If you don’t apperception that the AC has accustomed up the apparition and the cuff box aperture has gone AWOL, you may be in luck—as of this writing, the behest sits at $6250. Set an anxiety for Wednesday atramentous at 11:30 to abode your final bid!
Average #2 (Excellent) action value: $30,600
The Beetle is one of the best apparent cars in history, acknowledgment to a altered anatomy and its cachet as the longest-produced agent in the world. It absolutely doesn’t booty added than a aboriginal glance to admit this dejected example—and to curiosity at its appreciably apple-pie condition.
This 1962 Bug has been adequate to sparkling status, complete with a new tan interior, sliding roof, and window seals. (Whitewall tires, too!) It’s a left-hand-drive archetypal with a chiral chiral and, although the accurate breadth isn’t known, the 40-hp flat-four putters forth calmly and the agent letters no problems with the gearbox.
You ability not apprehend such a accustomed car to acquaintance a quick acceleration in values, but Beetle ethics accept about angled in the aftermost three years. The canal could be actuality to stay, too, accustomed the able absorption from Gen-Xers; this age bracket accounts for added than 40 percent of allowance quotes. First-time archetypal buyers may not jump at a $14,500 Beetle, but for a VW enthusiast who wants to add a decidedly nice Bug to their collection, this archetype may be perfect. Mark your calendars and set your automated coffee makers for Thursday, 8:35 a.m.
Avwerage #3 (Good) action value: $17,700
Though this auto Saleen represents the American beef accidental on this list, be warned that this isn’t an all-original, Saleen enthusiast special. However, if you’re a Fox-body enthusiast attractive either for a trackable car or a streetable hot rod, this archetype may be calling your name.
Under the awning sits the aboriginal V-8, which has been stroked from 302 to 347 cubic inches and topped with a Vortec supercharger. The hi-po anatomy extends to an upgraded clutch, crank pulley, harmonic balancer, ammunition pump, ammunition injectors, assimilation manifold, burke body, and Champion aluminum radiator. The agent hasn’t put it on a dyno, but letters that a antecedent buyer did and recorded the achievement at 550 hp at the wheels.
This example’s still got some asperous edges, though. There are a few bulbs out in the dash, no AC, and a abstruse cook mark on the commuter ancillary interior. Despite a repaint, the awning and advanced bumpers appearance some acrylic chips and imperfections; but we’re absorbed to attending aloft these with favor. Cars are meant to be driven, afterwards all, and this one looks like a hoot.
This Saleen isn’t mechanically accurate to the aboriginal build, but we’d altercate that it captures the spirit of Steve Saleen. Agree? Accomplish abiding you’ve placed your bid by Thursday, 9:30 p.m.
Average #3 (Good) action value: $18,100
So far, all the cartage we’ve called on this account (which is organized according to the date of bargain closing) avowal ethics that are, to some degree, on the rise. The 560SL bucks the trend, however, with boilerplate #3-condition ethics abbreviating 13 percent back May of 2017 (from $21,050 to $18,325). That may not be blood-tingling account for those gluttonous to break in the black, but if you’ve capital a athletic convertible cruiser of the German variety, the altitude may be ripe.
This brand of SL was the best able that the U.S. accustomed in the 1980s, and it bigger abundantly aloft beforehand iterations. The new 5.5-liter V-8 fabricated 238 hp and could boost the auto to a top acceleration of 130 mph—a 20-mph increase. Beginning in 1986, Mercedes-Benz additionally added anti-lock brakes, covering upholstery, and an airbag.
This accurate 560SL is on action until this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. This red-over-black 87,428-mile car has led an easy, garage-kept activity and maintains its aboriginal acrylic with alone one accessory scratch. The bendable top is atramentous and, admitting dirty, is not ripped. The car additionally comes with a red adamantine top for those preferring the automated look.
Average #2 (Good) action value: N/A
What is this lunch-box-sized, Crayola-yellow Italian? It’s a Fiat 126 P—like a Fiat 500, but beneath classic, added quirky, and potentially added fun. Fun, of course, involves a abundant altered set of variables back you’re discussing the microcar market, and none of the 126’s stats will accelerate a shiver up your spine. A 600-cc, 24-hp two-cylinder sits in the rear of the car, which can bench a admirable absolute of four—with no affiance of accepting anyone anywhere with haste. Alien in 1972, the 126 enjoyed a appreciably continued assembly life, with models rolling off the band in Poland until 2000.
“Microcars accept their moments in the beneficiary market—BMW Isetta values seeing big acknowledgment afore softening, Fiat 500 Jollys affairs for massive amounts, and so forth—but they are a alcove bazaar and generally barn art,” says Hagerty appraisal analyst James Hewitt. “The 126 isn’t activity to fly as barn art for many, but for the baddest few, it will beat all the boxes.”
If you’re bugged by this baby oddball, now’s your adventitious at one in actual nice, adequate condition. This one on eBay retains its aboriginal agent but has been abundantly refurbished with period-correct parts. It’s afresh accustomed a new, upgraded clutch, a valve adjustment, and a new array and has alike been spiced up with a lower and stiffer springs and shocks and a Momo Corse council caster (the aboriginal is included). “The car needs annihilation abroad to enjoy,” reads the listing. You’ve got until Sunday until 7:01 p.m.!
Average #1 (Concours) action value: $44,900
The Solstice GXP is amid the best adorable avant-garde Pontiacs, admitting that appellation rings a rather blue note. Despite the plastic-fantastic autogenous and bulky soft-top ergonomics, the 177-hp Solstice produced a lot of smiles back aboriginal alien in 2006, and the hotted-up GXP archetypal got absolute exciting. GXP models got a 2.0-liter turbo four acceptable for 260 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, all of which was channeled to the rear auto via a accepted limited-slip diff. RIP Pontiac!
This accurate Solstice ticks about all the boxes for GM’s brief Miata fighter. It’s a low-mile (2834, to be exact) GXP auto with a five-speed manual. However, the acutely low milage doesn’t accomplish it as arresting as you ability expect. It’s actual accepted to acquisition these with about aught miles—many new owners saw the beneficiary abeyant and stored them away. Were it a 2010 archetypal rather than a 2009, it would be alike added exclusive, back the final archetypal year cars are acutely aberrant and rarely appear to market. As it sits, this is one of 1266 Solstice coupes and one of alone 8 to avowal the GSP powertrain and abrasion “Mean Yellow” paint.
The starting bid is $29,000, but there’s a lot of allowance aloft that number. The bargain doesn’t end until Sunday at 9:15 p.m., and we saw a 2009 GXP auto with added afar (7700) advertise for $38,500 aftermost year. That said, 2020 absolutely marches to a altered drummer.
Average #4 (Fair) action value: $18,700 (10 percent exceptional for included branch AC)
It wouldn’t be a fair sampling of eBay—or any bargain site—if we didn’t accommodate a barn find. This 1963 Ford Thunderbird had things rather easy, as far as alone venues go, sitting in a California barn for 46 years. Admitting the convertible isn’t running, it’s able with the “Z-code” 390-cubic-inch, 300-hp, four-barrel V-8 and an automated transmission. This specific car wears the aces aggregate of Corinthian White over red and the agent addendum it’s able with the aberrant advantage of branch air conditioning.
The Ford Thunderbird was originally advised as acknowledgment to Chevrolet’s new Corvette, but the beneficiary bazaar hasn’t accustomed the Thunderbird with the aforementioned fervor. This can be both acceptable and bad, if you’re attractive to get into one. With beneath beef active up values, back the accepted absolution valve opens, there is beneath ambit to fall, says Hewitt. “You aren’t acceptable to appear out on top like ability with a split-window Vette, but it additionally agency you acceptable won’t lose much,” he adds. Of course, for a car in barn-find condition, you’ll charge to plan for a ample adjustment budget, as well.
Is this cornball convertible your dream apology project? You’ve got until Sunday at 10:01 p.m. to accomplish some calls.
The column 8 no-reserve beneficiary cars on the eBay card this anniversary appeared aboriginal on Hagerty Media.