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


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 relatively straightforward 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.

The Best Car and Truck Auctions

1986 Ford RS200
1986 Ford RS200 Courtesy Image

1. 1986 Ford RS200

This ‘86 Ford RS200 is one of around 140 that were made to meet homologation requirements for the World Rally Championship Group B competition; in other words, it’s a street-legal rally car. The RS200 was a clean-sheet design made specifically for competing in Group B rallies against titans the Audi Quattro and Lancia Delta. Although this example comes with niceties like a carpeted interior, it’s a race car at heart: Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine and unique all-wheel drive system represent a pinnacle of ‘80s rallying.

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2. 1990 Daihatsu Rocky
1990 Daihatsu Rocky Courtesy Image

2. 1990 Daihatsu Rocky

No, the Daihatsu Rocky isn’t a made-up vehicle from Grand Theft Auto. It’s a real (and rare) 4×4 that was sold for just a few years in America in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Although it’s not well-known, its small size and durable body-on-frame construction make it capable off the pavement, and the fold-down soft top should be a hoot, too. You’ll definitely stand out from the sea of Wranglers at the trailhead in this truck.

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1996 Ford Saleen S281 Mustang
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3. 1996 Ford Saleen S281 Mustang

There are Mustangs, and then there are Saleen Mustangs. Although its 220-horsepower V8 doesn’t exactly put it in supercar territory, this unique special edition features all kinds of upgrades, including aerodynamic body modifications and a race-tuned suspension. It’s also a rare beast: It’s one of just 193 coupes built in this model year, and it’s even autographed by Steve and Liz Saleen and Phil Frank, one of Saleen’s lead designers.

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1970 Ford Falcon
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4. 1970 Ford Falcon

Another high-performance Ford, this Falcon looks sharp in its dark green paint and benefits from a long list of upgrades under the hood. It’s powered by a swapped-in Ford 302ci V8 engine (produced in 1986) with an Edelbrock carburetor, and that souped-up motor is paired with a Borg Warner five-speed and a nine-inch rear end pulled off a Ford Bronco. To control all that extra power, it comes with disc brakes up front, a front sway bar, and traction bars, and it features shorter front springs for an aggressive stance. Yeehaw.

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1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur
1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Courtesy Image

5. 1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur

Not into muscle cars? How about something a little more elegant: This well-preserved Silver Spur looks downright regal in dark blue and has all kinds of ultra-luxe features, from its wood-trimmed dash and lacquered tray tables to its smooth, self-leveling hydro-pneumatic suspension. No matter what you bid on it, make sure you save some cash to hire a driver, too.

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