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Random Auction Pick: 1996 Geo Tracker

My featured auction pick is a 1996 Geo Tracker, and is found HERE on Cars & Bids.

More information about this feature can be found in the “Background” section toward the bottom of this page.

All of my past picks can be found HERE.

Why this Car?

First, I love Geo Trackers!  I owned a new 1990 model and drove several as company cars while at GM.  My 1990 was a fun, capable off-roader that was smaller than the Jeep Wrangler of the day.  That made it able to go places a Jeep couldn’t fit.

As a District Sales Manager for Chevrolet (Geo was a sub-brand under Chevrolet), I wanted my dealers to take more Trackers for a sales promotion.  I took a four door model and put paw print decals all over it (I was “making tracks”).  When the dealers saw my crazy idea, they agreed to take a lot of Trackers.  

When I saw this Tracker come up for auction, I was interested due to my past experience.  When I saw that the seller installed a V-6 engine from a newer Camaro, I was very intrigued!

The Tracker normally comes with a 1.6L four-cylinder engine rated at 95 horsepower.  This Tracker has the 3.6L V-6 engine from a Camaro with 323 horsepower and a 6 speed automatic transmission.  YIKES!  I bet this is scary fast!

The overall conversion and restoration of this vehicle looks really good.  Take a look at all of the pics from the listing (link at top of page).  It is an impressive vehicle!

Auction Ends:  July 29, 2021

Predicted Auction Price: $15,000

Sale Price:  $14,250

Background

I enjoy finding unusual and cool vehicles up for auction on  Cars&Bids.  That auction site launched in June 2020, and only features vehicles 1980 and newer. Those model years are still relatively affordable and offer interesting bargains. 

The full story on Cars&Bids, as well as other enthusiast auctions was covered in the article “Enthusiast Car Auctions.”

The cars I pick are not necessarily going to be the best buys or the most collectible.  Many times, these will be the underdogs or just more unique vehicles available in the market.  Essentially, cars that stir my soul and/or are expected to be great bargains. 

Don’t look for any high dollar recommendations from me!

Supporting the Hobby and Youth Programs

Viewing online auctions like this help stir the imagination and keep the hobby alive. That is the main intent of Vehicle Nanny.  

In addition to sharing stories like this, I am providing ongoing support of automotive programs designed to inspire and educate young car enthusiasts through the sale of items in the Vehicle Nanny Merchandise Store.  All proceeds go youth programs like those at the Hagerty Automotive Youth Program, so I hope you can find a fun item for yourself that also supports our budding car enthusiasts.

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