Dream Garage: The Car and Truck Auctions We’d Bid on Right Now

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We’re in a golden age for vintage vehicles. Aside from the usual Corvettes and Mustangs that have held collectible status for decades, a whole generation of Radwood-era rides is finally getting its due (see the skyrocketing prices on ’90s Hondas, for example), along with other cars and trucks that have suddenly become enthusiast icons. Browsing today’s lineup of online car auctions gives you a front-row seat to all the action—and a fun way to put one of these rides in your garage.

We scoured auction sites like Cars & Bids, Bring a Trailer, Hemmings, and more to put together a short list of some of the most intriguing vehicles up for grabs right now. See something you like? Bid on it. Not interested in our picks? Check back later—we’ll update this page with a fresh batch of car auctions every week.

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White 2017 Maserati GranTurismo Sport parked on a cul-de-sac with a lawn and house in the background. car auctions
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1. 2017 Maserati GranTurismo Sport

It’s hard to beat Italian sports cars. They look great, they sound great, and (when they’re maintained properly) they offer an incomparable driving experience. For a modern interpretation of the genre, bid on this sleek, low-mileage Maserati. The white paint and red leather interior combo is incredible, and it’s powered by a naturally aspirated V8 that offers gobs of power. Can you imagine unleashing this beast on your commute?

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2. 1987 Nissan Be-1

The Be-1 is one of Nissan’s famed Pike cars (named after the factory where they were produced). These retro-styled vehicles became instant icons, and considering their short, Japan-only production run, they’re very rare in the U.S. That makes this car, which already has its American paperwork in order, even more attractive.

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Silver 1999 Ford Contour SVT parked beside a river with green foliage in the background. car auctions
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3. 1999 Ford Contour SVT

Remember the Ford Contour? We won’t fault you if the answer is no. It was a mostly ho-hum, everyday sedan, and it didn’t stick around for very long. But if you wanted to wring more performance out of your commuter car, you could opt for the souped-up SVT version, like this low-mileage example. It features an upgraded suspension, a body kit, a 2.5-liter Duratec engine, and a five-speed manual transmission. Most Contours headed to the junkyard years ago, so this is an extra-special find.

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Copper colored 1941 Ford X50 stake bed truck parked beside a row of storage units. car auctions
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4. 1941 Ford X50

Another rare find: This handsome ‘41 Ford truck that’s still running on its original, un-rebuilt engine. According to the seller, it was originally a fire truck, but her father took off the fire equipment and added the stake bed. It received a repaint 18 years ago in an eye-catching shade of copper, and apart from a few dings, it still shows well. Here’s your chance to nab a true classic that looks and drives like (almost) new.

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White 1957 Plymouth Savoy parked in a parking lot with trees in the background. car auctions
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5. 1957 Plymouth Savoy

It’s the ‘50s, and tail fins are in. This midcentury Plymouth is a prime example of the jet-age styling that was all the rage in auto showrooms of the time. It’s big, it’s bold, and it looks like it just arrived from outer space. It’s also in solid shape, with a rebuilt engine and some recent preventative maintenance already taken care of for you.

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