The Best Car Auctions: These Are the Cars and Trucks 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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The Best Car and Truck Auctions

1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel
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1. 1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel

Want a perfectly Rad ride without the 1980s maintenance headache? A 1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel sits right outside the most typical years of Radwood enthusiasm, but the W124 generation’s boxy styling aged well enough to still qualify. When new, this Benz obviously attracted a mature buyer in period given the pristine condition, inside and out. Polar White paint over a minimalist grey leather interior harken back to the purposeful simplicity that M-B abandoned in the new millennium—and that 3.0-liter diesel inline-six with only 76,377 miles should easily run for the next 1,000 years without needing much more than a few oil changes.

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2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 6-Speed
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2. 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 6-Speed

Bring a Trailer jumped the shark years ago but the elephant in the online auction room undoubtedly still draws the best cars. Hopefully, a Euro Ferrari F50 and a LaFerrari closing around the same time will distract bidders from this even rarer 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1. AR1 stands for “American Roadster 1” and Aston only built 99 of these open-top DB7 Zagato variants for the model year. If the AR1’s flowing lines, double bubble rear fairing, and quilted leather look just about right, a 5.9-liter four-cam V12 paired with a six-speed manual should do the job, too.

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1990 Mitsubishi Delica Star Wagon Super Exceed 4WD
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3. 1990 Mitsubishi Delica Star Wagon Super Exceed 4WD

Rooftop tents make for excellent Instagram posts but in the real world of overlanding, a bed inside the vehicle contributes mightily to much better sleep quality (and therefore, more fun on the trail). While influencers spent the last few years showing off their built Jeep Gladiators and LS-swapped Land Rover Defenders, an entire subculture of enthusiasts began importing undeniably rad JDM off-roaders like this Mitsubishi Delica minivan. A turbo-four pumping 85 horsepower to all four wheels won’t get anyone anywhere fast, but this nifty little camper shares driveline components with the eminently capable Montero (known to the rest of the world as the Pajero) so it will happily hump over far more difficult terrain than just about any other minivan on the planet. Plus, just look at those decals!

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1993 Porsche 968
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4. 1993 Porsche 968

Once upon a time, the “transaxle” cars that Porsche introduced to replace the venerable 911 sat at the very bottom of a steep depreciation curve. A rising tide lifts all ships, though, and even formerly maligned P-cars like this crisp 1993 968 finally get the love they deserve today. With near-perfect weight distribution thanks to that rear-mounted gearbox and a peppy 3.0-liter inline-four, this 968 hits Shiftgate in white-on-white sporting incredible period details like an awesome rear spoiler and perhaps the most unique pop-up headlights ever built. Perfect for Porsche fans who want to get in cheap and prefer an automatic.

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1954 Willys Aero Ace Deluxe Sedan
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5. 1954 Willys Aero Ace Deluxe Sedan

This svelte sedan comes courtesy of Willys—pronounced like Bruce Willis—a company best-known for producing rugged trucks and early SUVs in the 1940s and early ‘50s. Just like most trucks and SUVs of the era, though, most Willyses ended up succumbing to rust and rot. Not this Aero Ace four-door, which benefits from a frame-off restoration resulting in sparkling brightwork, fresh paint, and a clean engine bay. The Oxblood leather interior is, surprisingly, right-hand-drive because the consignor of this eBay Motors auction imported the car from South Africa hoping to relive memories of his father, who owned a Willys dealer 70 years ago in New Ulm, Minnesota.

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1980 Clenet Series II Convertible
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6. 1980 Clenet Series II Convertible

Forget ever pulling into a Cars and Coffee to park next to another identical air-cooled 911, nobody outside of the most ardent historians will even recognize this Clenet Series II convertible. Built by the outlandish Clenet Coachworks of Santa Barbara, California, less than 200 of these Cruella de Vil-style roadsters ever hit the streets with a combination of 1930s design and “modern” running gear (modern for the ‘70s, that is). The seller’s family has owned this Clenet since 1987 and performed light updates including an Edelbrock intake manifold and a four-barrel carburetor for the 351ci Ford V8, so a bit of burbling soundtrack should accompany top-down cruising.

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1944 Ford GPW Jeep
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7. 1944 Ford GPW Jeep

Ford responded to the US Army’s call for lightweight, rugged troop transports during World War II with a Willys MB clone called the GPW. In fact, the original GPW probably led to the Jeep moniker: G-P becomes Jeep, in servicemember lingo. Zero creature comforts adorn this purpose-built truck, which features a Willys “Go-Devil” four-cylinder engine and leaf springs at all four corners. In today’s era of electronically disconnecting sway bars and variable rebound suspension systems, an entirely analog GPW can still keep up almost anywhere the going gets tough—albeit bouncing slowly all the way.

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