If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that the market has shifted. The online space was always a viable alternative to land auctions — but 2020 supercharged the importance of online events, and both buyers and sellers have found undeniable benefits in a process that doesn’t require either travel or shipping costs to an on-site event.
Sonicbidder brings those benefits together into a fast-paced and fun experience unlike any other online auction — its as entertaining as it is successful in both presenting good cars and reaching interested buyers.
The Christmas Around the World sale is up next, starting at 10:00 CST on December 8. If you haven’t already checked out the consignments on offer, they’re all posted here.
Here are a few that I’ll be watching:
1942 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe
Cream white with gray interior. Flathead V8, 3-speed manual transmission. 12-volt power, new fuel pump, just over 2k miles showing.
Ford’s production lines only ran for a short time into 1942, and the cars themselves were increasingly impacted by wartime needs. In total, Ford only produced about half the cars in 1942 that it did in 1941, as the lines were needed for things like Liberator bombers, Jeeps and tanks. As such, there just aren’t that many 1942 Fords out there — and this one is a Super Deluxe, meaning that it has the higher level trim and appointments which were some of the first things impacted by material shortages. Ford used all kinds of things to keep their cars rolling, from plastics to molybdenum and chromium. That makes ’42 cars unique, and this one is in great shape and fitted with good options.
1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible
Polar White with Medium Blue vinyl. Factory build sheet confirms 427/390 engine and M20 Muncie 4-speed manual. Options include air conditioning, speed warning, power steering, power brakes, power windows, transistor ignition, tinted windows, off-road exhaust and auxiliary hardtop. 92k miles showing may be original.
If you wanted a big-block 4-speed Vette with a/c and without the fussy nature of multiple carbs, this was the top dog available in ’68. The 390-hp rating meant this car got both a Rochester Quadrajet 4-bbl carb as well as hydraulic lifters, which limited the RPM range enough for GM to allow for air conditioning — an option that the factory wouldn’t put on the higher-strung solid-lifter cars that year. This car is one of just 1,868 Corvettes done in Polar White for ’68, and it’s likely that not many of those had a blue interior. Overall, this has a great original look.
From a usability standpoint, there’s a lot to like here. A Q-jet, when set up correctly, offers near fuel-injection-quality drivability, and the 4-speed and a/c make this both fun and tractable at the same time — not to mention the sidepipes, which always sound great, especially on convertibles. This is way more usable than a tri-carb 400-hp version, not to mention one of the solid-lifter 435-hp cars.
1958 AC Aceca coupe
Maroon with gray interior. Shows 73k miles, but has been completely restored with period-correct hardware. 2.0-L ACE Cl engine with triple carbs. One of 315 Acecas built, of which only 171 came with the AC engine.
The Aceca was AC’s GT version of the Ace — and it was fitted with independent front and rear suspension as well as a few different engine options. These cars are good overall performers — there’s a reason Shelby chose the Ace as the basis for his Cobra. There’s a lot to like in the rigidity offered by the metal roof in this case — remember that ACs were built with both steel and wood construction, as well as aluminum body panels. The Bristol-engined versions feature more power, but the AC-engine versions are generally less expensive, which is an important note here.
This was one of 28 export cars built in 1958, and it’s spent the past nine years in a humidity controlled environment.
1951 Chevrolet Pickup
Six-cylinder engine and 3-speed manual transmission. Five-window cab, fresh bed wood. Interior features restored seats and newer carpet.
The truck market is still on fire, and classic rigs that have an original, timeless look continue to do well. This one still has the charm of an original, but it features a more recent restoration and a few nice upgrades that will make using it easier — including underdash a/c and a modern wiring harness with blade-style fuses. It’s said to have a 3.2-L six, which would be from a later truck, but it also has HEI ignition, which makes for easier starting and better reliability over stock.
The fun in something like this comes from its charm and slow pace, and this particular example looks ready to go, with the hard work already done.
1979 Pontiac Trans Am
6.6-L V8 with 4-speed manual transmission. Options include power steering, power windows and radio. Red with red cloth interior.
Second-gen Trans Ams saw a boost in value starting around 2010, and interest has remained high over the past few years. The key with these cars is condition and options, and this one has a great look both inside and out. The hood bird and snowflake wheels make the presentation here, along with the red-on-red configuration — something you’d never see today coming out of Detroit.