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The Auction Hunters Carve Up Race Tracks

by AaronAhmadi   April 08, 2012 at 12:00AM  |  Views: 3,643
Lights, camera, auction! Which city's got a boatload of Hollywood production equipment? You guessed it: Burbank, CA. The city that makes the magic happen was the stop for the Auction Hunters this week, but did they pull through? Well, let's let the facts speak for themselves:



AUCTION HUNTER SHUFFLE

Scanning through the locals, Ton and Allen didn't see any real heavy-hitters except for a guy named "CJ." He had a ton of locks on his belt, which meant he was aiming to win a ton of storage units too (now that's ambition). Even Allen told him to stay out of his way, but he fired back, saying "It's on." Well, game on, fellas. The auctioneer kicked things off with the first unit and seeing that it was chalk full of vintage collectibles, Allen and Ton went to war with CJ, but came out as the victors, taking it for $500. The second unit wasn't all that, but our heroes knew they had to make CJ empty his pockets before the third and last auction, so they drove the price up to $100 and let CJ have it. That, ladies and gentleman, is called "dropping a room." Finally, the Auction Hunters swooped in and stole the final storage unit for just $700 – a nice steal.



VINTAGE SHUFFLEBOARD

Sold For: $8,500

Allen and Ton definitely saw some stuff that lit up their eyes in this "Vintage Collectibles Unit": an air compressor, a 50s vending machine, an oldschool toolbox, and some vintage furniture. After Allen gave a vintage accordion a good flexing, Ton stumbled upon a rare bar game: a shuffleboard. A maple wood-covered beauty, this thing needed some restoration, so they decided to meet up with Will, a shuffleboard craftsman who knew how to restore and refinish these babies. Will broke it down for the boys and told them that the shuffleboard was indeed a rare find, and definitely the real deal. In good condition, this thing could've gone for $25,000 - $30,000 (holy moly), but it needed some serious work. Will threw out an offer of $8,500, but only if they tested it out and the table worked flawlessly first – no pressure guys. A test, handshake, and smile later, the Auction Hunters left with $8,500 than they walked in with. Booya!



TANKER RACE CAR

Sold For: $8,100


A mid-century tire, old steel racing rim, and towing equipment? The "Mechanic Unit" smelled like money to the boys. Underneath all the rubble Allen uncovered what looked like some sort of racer car. Ton examined the bullet car and knew the beast could be worth enough money to make their day, so he suggested they meet up with Del and Bobby, a pair of vintage race car collectors. These guys knew how to restore old hotrods and were enthusiastic to see what Ton and Allen brought for them. As they popped open the hood of the race car, they couldn't believe how old the engine was. If this car was in mint condition, Del and Bobby said it could've fetched $40,000, but as it sat, it wasn't worth more than $7,000 to them. Allen told the race car enthusiasts that $8,000 is what he wanted, as well as a chance to ride it. Unfortunately, riding that dusty old race car thing would put it out of commission, so Del and Bobby agreed to buy it for $8,100, but let Allen ride another race car instead. A race car's a race car, right? A few pumps of the gas pedal later, Allen was off, hauling ass on the race track.

Burbank was definitely a blockbuster for the Auction Hunters this week, because they only dropped $1,200 on two units, sold the contents inside for $17,870, and drove off with a whopping $16,670 in profit. Now that's magic!

Here's a video that'll make your day: Allen carving up a racetrack! Go to Spke.com for this week's episode "Auction Hunter Shuffle" now available online and check it out. If you're wondering what's next for the Auction Hunters, check out the Facebook fan page and stay tuned for all-new episodes on Wednesdays at 9/8c.

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