RENO, NV — The Hot August Nights Auction presented by Motorsport Auction Group (MAG) kicked off on Friday at the Reno Convention Center. Headliners for this year’s auction include a 1939 General Motors Futurliner #3 “Power of the Air Age.” Customized by Utah-based auto designer and builder Dave Kindig of Kindig-It Designs, the Futurliner will cross the auction block at 2 pm today.
Some of MAG’s other top offerings include a 1932 all-steel custom Ford Roadster called “Stoked,” a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger, a Detroit Autorama Ridler Award-winning 1949 Chevy, and several Cobras to be auctioned to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. Those are some of the headliners, but there were plenty of other eye-catching, lesser known cars and trucks up for auction. Of course it’s all subjective, but here are a few of these vehicles that stood out to us:
1958 Mercury Monterey
Why we liked it: A perfect Hot August Night cruiser that comes with the rare 410-cubic-inch 4-barrel engine and dual range automatic transmission combination.
1971 Dodge Charger
1961 Chevrolet Impala
Why we liked it: It’s a custom bubbletop with an eye-catching color scheme and, yes — a fine, fine 409.
1928 Ford Woody
Why we liked it: This wagon has been restored to original condition, complete with maple and birch body and oak floor. The original Babbit bearing-equipped, 200-cubic-inch engine makes 40 horsepower, according to the accompanying literature.
1971 Buick Riviera Gran Sport 2-Door
Why we liked it: Another rare, numbers-matching car that has been fully restored. The two-owner car is fully loaded and features a 455-cubic-inch big block with the Stage 1 package.
1936 Ford Roadster
Why we liked it: Received a frame-off restoration and new 300-horsepower engine. It includes steel fenders and hood and, of course, a rumble seat.
1941 Packard Businessmans Coupe
Why we liked it: The pre-war beauty has a numbers-matching Flathead 6 CID engine and has been restored on the inside. New chrome and stainless steel really pop with the two-tone paint.
1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan
Why we liked it: We don’t see a lot of Cosmopolitans, and this chopped Lincoln is that much more rare. It has a 32-valve, fuel-injected V8, power steering, power disc brakes, and other modern amenities.
1958 Chevrolet Impala
Why we liked it: This first-year Impala still has the factory-correct paint, factory-correct Green/Grey interior, and 348 big block with correct Tri-Power setup.
1969 Ford Bronco
Why we liked it: We love vintage Broncos, and this one got a frame-off restoration, a rebuilt 351-cubic-inch engine, and loads of other performance upgrades.
1958 Mercury Montclair
Why we liked it: This beautifully restored Turnpike Cruiser also got a frame-off restoration and comes with the rare J-code 430-cubic-inch Super Marauder engine package with triple carburetors.
1934 Ford Model 40
Why we liked it: This is an all-steel car with 4-inch chop. Its restoration was just completed, including fresh paint and new interior.
1965 Chevrolet Corvette “Barn Find” Roadster
Why we liked it: This year’s auction features a couple of barn finds, including this 1965 Corvette. It has a 327-cubic-inch V8, Powerglide tranny, air conditioning, and power windows.
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
Why we liked it: Another car from the Barn Find Garage presented by Summit Racing, this 1964 ‘Vette was actually an Oakland Roadster Show winner in 1970. It hasn’t been seen in almost 40 years, but is now up for auction with its original Art Himsl paint job.