Your classic is calling

Curated Listings

Being car people, we take great pride in making sure that vehicles auctioned are presented accurately and honestly.

Pro Write Ups

An effortless user interface along with a rich editorial write up help give you a true sense of the vehicle without being there in person.

Bids & Offers

We give you mulitple opportunities to find your next classic: Bidding on an auction or making an offer in 2nd Gear.

U.S. & Canada

We feature U.S. & Canadian listings in their respective local currency. Live currency calculators are always available.

Cross Border Support

With our partner broker, BorderBuddy, you can comfortably purchase vehicles across the border with ease.

Low Comissions

Our fees are just 5% of the final sale price with a minimum of $500 and a cap of $5,000.

Your classic is calling

How to buy

Here’s a quick overview of the selling process. Hopefully you’ll notice we do most of the work so you don’t have to.

  • Find your classic

    Create a ShiftGate account and browse Live, Upcoming, and 2nd Gear listings. Looking for something specific? Save your search and we’ll notify you directly when listings match your criteria. 

  • Kick the tires

    All ShiftGate listings are written by professional automotive writers, based on information provided to us by the seller. We want you to be comfortable with the car’s condition etc. before you bid. So we always recommend asking specific questions about the car in the community commenting area of each auction.

  • Get bidding

    Remember, other enthusiasts are out there bidding. If you’re ever outbid, we’ll send you a notification. Auctions run for seven days. And any bid occurring in the final two minutes extends the clock by another two minutes. You’ll see the timer at the top of the auction page.

    If the vehicle doesn’t meet the reserve price, the seller can put the car into 2nd Gear. Here you can make an offer that tops the last highest bid. Or simply “Buy Now” at the seller’s specified reserve price.

  • You won! Now what?

    You’ll get an email from us introducing you to the seller. Once you have all the contact information, simply reach out and finalize the details in a way that works for you both. If you need assistance for cross-border brokerage or transport, we can refer you to one of our preferred partners to help.

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The reviews are in!


2016 Porsche 911R

ShiftGate set up a video conference, worked with me to develop marketing materials, and then wrote and published articles of my listing where the right buyers could see it. ShiftGate actually cared about me and my listing experience. Imagine that.


1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

Friends suggested other online auction sites. But they seemed too unfocused. So, I reached out to ShiftGate. I was so surprised by the quick reply, industry knowledge and passion. They made the entire experience easy. And I sold my car for the price I wanted!


Working with ShiftGate to sell my car has been a great experience. The submission process was easy & interactions with their curator have been fantastic. Love how they are representing my car and they are always available when I reach out. Highly recommended.

Some of our recent sales

$38,100 CAD Sold
9/13/2021 Ended on

Euro 1985 BMW M635CSI – Owned 36 years

Known as the M6 in the US, the European version of the M635i was given a larger motor than its US counterpart. With only 4,088 examples produced from 1983 to 1988, this BMW is a rare find.

Vaughn, ON
$22,200 USD Sold
10/6/2021 Ended on

1983 Datsun 280ZX 8k miles – One owner

A single family owned 1983 Datsun 280ZX with only 8,000 miles. This 1980’s time capsule has been meticulously maintained and is ready for a owner number two.

Wooster, OH