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Hot 1960s Mustang and Nova Auctions End Today

Two screaming small-block auctions on AutoHunter are set to culminate this evening, October 3, 2022. One’s a Blue Oval, the other a Bow Tie. Both feature solid lifters, manual transmission and smiles for miles. If you could be objective, which would you pick?

Alright, it’s difficult to find an objective enthusiast, especially if he or she is a Ford or Chevy guy/gal, but we can be optimistic, right? Here’s the details for each.

1965 Mustang GT Convertible
Closing at 6:30 p.m. (PDT) is this 1965 Mustang GT convertible with the K-code Hi-Po 289 and — get this — a supercharger. K-code Mustang GT convertibles are already the most desirable non-Shelbys from this generation, but the Paxton supercharger pushes it into another territory. Looking like a stock Rangoon Red 1965 Mustang GT convertible, this car represents so many worlds in the automotive hobby that it will satisfy most of the inhabitants on Earth and possibly a few others in planets far, far away.

K-code Mustangs only came with four-speed manual transmission (not until 1966 was an automatic available), but this particular vehicle has been upgraded to a TREMEC 5-speed manual, which is more than capable of exploiting the supercharger’s added power. Other features include the GT’s handling package and fog lights, front disc brakes, 14-inch Styled Steel Wheels, power top, Rally Pac gauges and AM/FM radio.

This 1965 Mustang GT convertible has had its reserve dropped, which means when you bid high, it’s yours … provided that you’re the high bidder.

1966 Chevrolet Nova
Ending at 6:45 (PDT), here’s another hot compact that made waves mid-decade, though for other reasons. Imagine if Chevrolet had a pony car in 1966 and the L79 327 was available. That would be a definite Mustang-killer! Instead, Grumpy Jenkins took the Chevy II and killed Hemis. The 350-horse L79 was basically a highly tuned Corvette engine placed in a lightweight compact that gave many a big-block fits, so it’s a significant entrant in the early muscle car wars. That small-block sits in a Chevy II Nova hardtop and not the more popular Nova Super Sport, making this vehicle more unique than most that you see in person and online.

The Danube Blue paint looks mile-deep, and it’s complemented by a two-tone vinyl/cloth interior. Being an L79, a manual transmission was required, with this Nova having the optional (and ideal) M20 wide-ratio four-speed. Other features include power brakes, redline tires, simulated mag wheels, longitudinal protective trim, bumper guards, AM radio and rear-mounted antenna.

The reserve for this Nova that goes like stink has been lowered to encourage you to put a bid, so why not do it? Because it is not a Super Sport, it has a bench seat so you and your honey can power-shift in each other’s company as you celebrate your purchase … unless you prefer having your hair blown by the top-down performance of a blown 1965 Mustang GT convertible.

Take your pick!


Maserati Reintroduces the GranTurismo

In the world we live in, when cars don’t go electric, they get boosted. All those wonderful, cacophonous V8s seem to be heading towards turbo-six power (and, for Mercedes, turbo-four). While all these new engines are putting out more horsepower than older versions with more cylinders, the lost aural charms seem to inspire a teardrop or two … but, hey, what do we know? We certainly haven’t driven the 2024 Maserati GranTurismo.

The last GT has not been built since 2019, having had a life that lasted more than a decade. The new one bears a family resemblance to the old one, but also adopts the new vertical headlight design that appears on the MC20 supercar. In fact, the engine from the MC20 appears in the GT, though it is lacking in cylinder deactivation and uses a wet-sump oil system aside of the obligatory detuning. Horsepower from the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 is up 36 from the old V8 to 490 for the Modena model, while the hotter Trofeo variant (anyone thinking Oldsmobile all of a sudden?) puts out a resounding 550 horses. Both are backed by a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

2024 Maserati GranTurismo Folgore

Maserati says of the GT, “The GranTurismo coupé combines the high performance typical of a sports car and comfort suitable for long distances, with both a powerful internal combustion engine and with the most innovative 100- percent battery electric solutions. It represents a major benchmark and embodies the concept of ‘The Others Just Travel.’ This model is taking the House of the Trident forward into the future: it is the first car in the brand’s history to adopt a 100 percent electric powertrain.”

So, wait a sec: Maserati is going electric too?

That GranTurismo model, called the Folgore, uses three 300kW magnet motors and an 800-volt tech derived from the Formula E. Horsepower is 760 directed to the rear wheels. For those of you who keep charge of these things, the nominal capacity is 92.5 kWh and the discharge capacity is 560 kW.

The architecture of the 2024 Maserati GT makes generous use of aluminum and magnesium and other lightweight materials, plus “high-performance” steel. Using several materials together required a new manufacturing process or two, but the result is best-in-class weight.

2024 Maserati GranTurismo Modena

Inside, the GT’s cabin includes a Sonus faber 3-D sound system that offers up to 19 speakers and three-dimensional sound with an output of up to 1,195 watts. And for the Folgore, Maserati Innovation Lab engineers have added to the “all-round sound experience” by engineering the “iconic signature sound of the Maserati engine.”

Maserati says the Modena will hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, with the Trofeo cutting that by 0.4 seconds. The Folgore? 2.7 seconds. The latter two also have top speeds of 199 mph. No word on how much slower the cabriolet will be, though it isn’t anticipated to be released until a year later, according to Car and Driver.

A limited-edition PrimaSerie 75th Anniversary Launch Edition, which includes exclusive features dedicated to the company’s 75-year anniversary, will also be available (duh) during launch. With prices starting near $200 grand for the GranTurismo Modena, you may be overdue in saving your pennies already.


Pick of the Day: 1984 Pontiac Fiero SE

The Firebird will forever be known as one of America’s favorite muscle cars, but a lesser-known Pontiac sports coupe deserves a few moments in the spotlight as well.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1984 Pontiac Fiero SE listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Newark, Delaware. (Click the link to view the listing)

1984 Pontiac Fiero SE

“I purchased the car from the original owner who took delivery in the fall of ’83,” the listing begins. “The car is exceptionally clean. Floors, seats, headliner 99% perfect.” Showing only 21,062 miles on the odometer, this Fiero looks fresh. Its iconic 1980s design language comes through strongly via pop-up headlights and directional cast aluminum wheels on newer BFGoodrich white-letter tires.

The mid-engined Fiero was engineered on the General Motors P-body platform and offered for model years 1984 through 1988. The car was exciting and unique compared to most of the other Pontiac offerings at the time, and it offered respectable fuel economy to accompany those sporty looks. The Fiero’s initial marketplace reception was warm, but sales tapered off toward the end of its five-year production run (just 26,000 units rolled off the line in 1988 compared to 136,000 in 1984).

1984 Pontiac Fiero SE

This Fiero’s two-seat interior has unique patterned cloth upholstery as well as creature comforts like power windows, power door locks, and working air conditioning. The photos accompanying this listing show a cassette tape inserted into the deck, but we aren’t sure if that’s included with the sale.

1984 Pontiac Fiero SE

Power comes from a mid-mounted “Iron Duke” 2.5-liter inline-four paired with a Muncie four-speed manual transmission. At only 92 horsepower, the four-cylinder didn’t deliver as much punch as most people expected from a car with such exotic looks. A 2.8-liter V6 came out in 1985 which gave the car slightly better performance credentials. However, most of the chassis’ architecture like the suspension, brakes, and tires were repurposed from other General Motors vehicles of the era, perhaps limiting the Fiero’s ability to set itself apart as a dedicated sports car.  

“Iron Duke” 2.5-liter inline-four engine

Still, today the Fiero has its own niche among enthusiasts, and there are various clubs that embrace its unique style and engineering. Two of those are NIFE (Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts) and MAFOA (Mid Atlantic Fiero Owners Association).

The seller states, “Engine compartment is near new looking and under hood is in great shape. Drive it anywhere. This car is a 9 out of 10 all day,”

The asking price is $8,900 or best offer for this low-mileage Fiero.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.



Barrett-Jackson Houston auction to offer custom and EV Hummers

The Barrett-Jackson Houston auction docket features several highly desirable custom and EV Edition Hummers. The adventure-driven SUVs crossing the block in Houston represent one of the most diverse groups of collectible Hummers offered by Barrett-Jackson. Among the stars of the auction will be two coveted 2022 EV Edition 1 pickups, each of which is powered by three electric motors producing an estimated 1,000 total horsepower.

“With significant demand from bidders, we’ve seen several custom and EV Hummers cross our auction block in 2022, and our upcoming Houston Auction will feature another diverse grouping of these popular American-built SUVs,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “One of the most popular electric vehicles on the market, the 2022 EV Edition 1 pickup is a modern masterpiece, and we have two selling with No Reserve at our Houston Auction.”

Lot #725: 2022 Hummer EV Edition 1 (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

A one-owner vehicle with 98 actual miles, the 2022 Hummer EV Edition 1 pickup (Lot #725) is an extraordinary vehicle. It boasts a 350-mile range on a full charge and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds, per GM estimates. Power is supplied by three electric motors, which draw from a 212-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. This Hummer EV is equipped with 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires, an adaptive air ride suspension system with Extract Mode, which raises the truck up to 6 inches, a MultiPro tailgate, an infinity roof with removable transparent sky panels and a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system. 

Lot #726: 2003 Hummer H1 Predator (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

Lot #726 is a custom 2003 Hummer H1 Predator with a Duramax conversion, which features a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine equipped with a Duramax-654 Garrett GT37 AVNT turbo kit. The custom RaptorQ computer tune helps push its power output to 450 horsepower and 900 ft/lbs of trailblazing torque. Finished in Corris Grey and black with an exterior steel skin, the interior features black leather seats, a MOMO steering wheel hub, an aftermarket Clarion Bluetooth radio, a Yaesu transmitter radio and a flat-screen television mounted in the middle dash.

Also crossing the block with No Reserve is a 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha Wagon (Lot #751) powered by its factory Duramax 6600 6.6-liter V8 32-valve turbo-diesel engine. One of only 417 H1 Alpha Wagons produced, this SUV is equipped with Hella HID fog lights, Dick Cepek electronically adjustable shocks, Military FLIR night-vision camera system, Hummer Adventure package, bumper-integrated winch and brush guard, Alpine touchscreen stereo system and custom made-to-fit Vizualogic rear headrest tablet WiFi LCD screens.

Lot #751: 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha Wagon (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

“If you want one of the most popular American-built SUVs on the market, make plans to see us in Houston,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “These go-anywhere Hummers are some of the most rugged machines on the planet, and I look forward to seeing the excitement amongst our bidders when each of these cross the auction block and sell with No Reserve.”

Lot #760 is a 2000 AM General Hummer H1 Predator with a complete drivetrain conversion from Predator Inc., including a Predator-built 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V8 engine mated to a Predator Stage-4 Allison 6-speed automatic transmission. Tuned with Predator’s proprietary high-output RapTorq ECM, this Hummer also features a Predator high-flow 4-inch exhaust system and additional Predator upgrades such as a high-performance aluminum intercooler, aluminum radiator, Predator Duramax cooling package and a Porsche Miami Blue exterior completed by Predator in 2020.

Lot# 760: 2000 AM General Hummer H1 Predator (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

Additional Hummers crossing the block during the Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction include a 1994 Hummer H1 custom SUV (Lot #714). The full frame-off custom build was a cover vehicle for Survivor’s Edge magazine.

Lot# 683: 1994 Hummer H1 custom SUV (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

The 1993 AM General Hummer “Brute Alpha” custom SUV (Lot #683) underwent a complete nut-and-bolt frame-off restoration and every part was either new, rebuilt or refurbished. It is powered by an LML Duramax diesel engine backed by an enhanced Allison 1000 transmission.

Collector car enthusiasts interested in registering to bid for Barrett-Jackson’s 2022 Houston Auction may do so here. Those interested in being a part of the auction my also consign their collector vehicle here.

The Barrett-Jackson 2022 Houston Auction runs from October 20-22, 2022 at the at NRG Center.



A Click Away: 122 Million Auto Parts, 7 Million Tires, and 5 Million Wheels

The two cars in my garage span decades. I keep my 1991 Mazda Miata—which is now considered a classic—in one bay. Not long ago, I commuted to work in this car every day. A 2000 BMW 3-Series sits in the other bay. The Bimmer has also been on the road for a couple of decades. 

As these two beauties age, they aren’t as simple to keep on the road. Local auto parts stores don’t keep parts around for many classics, and taking them to a local shop for work isn’t usually attractive. Imagine bringing a car with a carburetor to a modern quick-service shop. Besides, I prefer to work on them myself. 

That’s why I’m thankful to eBay Motors for helping me keep my rides rolling. eBay has a massive inventory of new and used parts: new-old-stock, parts off salvage vehicles, and even weird niche parts. Those millions of parts—more than 122 million, to be exact—are just a quick search and a click away. That gives me peace of mind. 

The Powerful ‘My Garage’ Tool

You might suspect that such a massive inventory of parts would make it difficult to find what’s needed for a specific model. But that’s not the case—and for one reason: the eBay Motors My Garage tool. It changes everything.

My Garage allows me to store the cars I’m working on as part of my eBay profile. When I’m under the hood and need to replace a part—or if I don’t have the right tool or unexpectedly broke something—I wipe my hands and reach for my smartphone. The eBay Motors app is filtered to only find parts that fit those models stored in My Garage.

The same combo of massive inventory and powerful fitment tools are available for 5 million wheels and 7 million tires. eBay always, without fail, has what I need in stock—whether it’s new rims to dress up my classic or performance parts to make it move faster off the line. 

Ask an Expert

At this point, I probably should admit that I’m constantly breaking stuff. After all, I don’t work on cars for a living. So sometimes, I’m at a loss for the tools or parts I need to complete a repair or enhancement task. Once again, eBay is my go-to source. The site’s Ask an Expert tool allows me to open a chat window on eBay Motors and get advice from a licensed parts specialist. 

The expert helps me find the part or tool I need and advises on how to install it correctly. I can’t tell you how many times that has saved what would have otherwise been a failed weekend project.

100,000 Cars for Sale

I love both the Miata and the 3-Series in my garage. It’s a blast to drive them and work on them. But that doesn’t mean I’m not tempted to find another ride that’s cooler, faster, or more exotic. This urge to window shop can happen after I visit a car show—or when I’m on eBay Motors just clicking around the 100,000 cars for sale. 

Of course, the grass is always greener on the other side of the driveway, and no car is perfect. But having access to millions of parts—and hundreds of thousands of vehicles—means my endless pursuit of the perfect garage keeps purring along.

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Photo Gallery: Fourth-Generation Ford Mustang concept cars

Take a moment and enjoy our photo gallery of Fourth-Generation Ford Mustang concept cars

A fascinating idea, this shooting-brake concept hinted at moving the Mustang to compete against cars like the VW Golf GTI. The idea of a wagon-like Mustang has been a recurring theme since the 1960s (Courtesy of Ford Motor Company)
The only full-size clay model FWD Mustang concept, the styling here was quite contemporary and sleek, although not particularly exciting. In keeping with what many Mustang fans would call a wrong-wheel drive layout, the grille pony is running to the right, the opposite of every production Mustang (Courtesy of Ford Motor Company)
Boasting a tail from the 1970 Fastback, a huge front splitter and deep rear diffuser with rounded styling elsewhere, this looks more Matchbox dream than production reality on this 1994 Mustang concept sketch (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company)
One of the more attractive CT-20 based concepts, this 1994 Mustang concept sketch is very in-line with the popular aerodynamic cab-forward look of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company)
Here we see the first winks of styling that would end up in production for the 1994 Mustang. The overset belt-line connecting with the headlamps and the shape of the taillamps are very familiar (Courtesy of Ford Motor Company)
Full-width taillamps were made popular with the first-generation Taurus and Sable, so it made sense to try them out with the Mustang. This didn’t pan out. The sloping rear deck on the right side of this two-sided clay model for the 1994 Mustang is similar to the Thunderbird of the same period (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company)
This alternative proposal dubbed, “Rambo,” was deemed too extreme for production. (Courtesy of Ford Motor Company)

The fastback layout of the 1994 Mustang proposal named Rambo meant the car would likely have been a liftback, which was actually abandoned in production for the first time since the 1974 Mustang II (Courtesy of Ford Motor Company)
This was a 1994 Mustang theme car designed for use in marketing research clinics. It featured the basic proportions and styling elements for the Mustang in a very restrained execution (Courtesy of Ford Motor Company)
This convertible version of a 1994 Mustang theme had a hard cover over the folded top and a bold red interior. You can also see the dual cockpit intake was very far along in development at this point. This is one of the first concepts to feature tri-bar taillamps, in this case in the traditional vertical arrangement (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company)

Pick of the Day: 1933 Ford hot rod

The phrase “new classic” is an oxymoron, but thanks to a kit car company called Factory Five Racing, it is indeed possible to have a fresh-built car with retro looks.

The Pick of the Day is a 1933 Ford hot rod listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in San Jose, California. (Click the link to view the listing)

1933 Ford hot rod

“Brand new build, just completed in 2022 and with only 140 miles,” the listing states. “Titled as a 1933 Ford, this car was in fact just recently assembled. The beauty of owning such a vehicle is the ability to enjoy modern creature comforts, reliability, and chassis architecture with the look of an old-school ride.”

According to its website, Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995 and has grown from a small start-up in a garage to becoming the world’s largest manufacturer of component car kits. The company employs 40 people full-time and is based in Wareham, Massachusetts about an hour south of Boston. Available kits include a replica of the 427 Shelby Cobra, the 1965 World Championship Daytona Coupe, pickups, hot rods, and other models. Each kit comes essentially as a built-it-yourself project, including everything minus the drivetrain — it’s like assembling a life-sized, real-world diecast model car.

1933 Ford hot rod

This replica was painted two-tone orange and silver metallic, and the look is completed by a color-matched removable hardtop, an aggressive coilover suspension, and 17-inch wheels with polished lips. The doors are front-hinged, and a subtle cutout behind each door offers an exhaust outlet.

Removable side panels up front allow for exposure and display of the engine bay, which houses a 302cid Ford V8 in keeping with the Ford body design. Performance upgrades include a Holley 650cfm carburetor and headers, with power being channeled rearward through a Tremec five-speed manual transmission and a nine-inch rear end.

Ford 302cid V8

“Pictures speak for themselves,” the seller states. “This is a brand-new car. Car is registered in titled in California as a 1933 Ford, so very easy registration upon transfer at DMV in your state.”

As much fun as it is to build a project car, some enthusiasts would rather just get in the car, turn the key, and drive. This hot rod is perfect for that type of person. The seller is asking $39,000.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.



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