Most Outrageous Auction Results: Window Shop with Car and Driver

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Most Outrageous Auction Results: Window ShopCar and Driver

It's easy to imagine. There you are at a Barrett-Mecum-Sotheby's auction wearing a new Hawaiian shirt and a watch the size of a housecat. The only things you've eaten all day are stale churros and six Minute Maid and Korbel mimosas. During the 1990s and early 2000s you were the biggest drywall contractor in Vegas, and then you sold just before the housing bust. You're rich and you want to buy a car.

That's when you do something silly. Like paying way too much for a car that you once wanted while in high school. Or blowing a wad of cash on something you're convinced has to go up in value, though you can't articulate why. Or you just get caught up in a bidding war and find you're now obligated to pay six figures for a Corvair. Auctions are where usually smart people can spend stupid money.

Hearst Autos, the overlord of Car and Driver and Road & Track, also runs Bring a Trailer, the auction site that brings all the excitement of an auction to the iPad you're holding in bed. And all that leads to this week's challenge on America's nowhere-near-favorite YouTube show, Window Shop.

That challenge is to find the most outrageous car that someone overpaid for at auction. There's no price limit this week, because insane has no upper limit.

So, join the gang—Skip, Donna, Moondoggie, Crisco, and Cairo the vegan basset hound—for this episode of our ongoing, if not regularly occurring, series about shopping for cars on the Internet. It's fun for up to 24 percent of the family.

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