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This tricked-out 1954 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 Custom Roadster should draw plenty of attention Sunday at the Palm Beach auction. ( photo)

It’s the third and final day of the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction and so far, the event has been a huge success with a great docket of more than 550 , millions raised for charity and massive crowds.

Today, the focus is on the fun, the funky and the affordable collector cars, the kinds of rides that are perfect for weekend jaunts rather than some of the uber-high-dollar cars that end up as museum pieces.

With that in mind, here are Sunday’s Five To Watch cars from Palm Beach:

LOT 634, 1954 OLDSMOBILE CUSTOM ROADSTER

A wonderful, period-correct cruiser, this 1954 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 Custom roadster evokes the legendary customizer Gene Winfield. This Olds is chopped, channeled, shaved, decked, frenched and about everything else you can do.

UPDATE: One of the very best buys of the entire auction, this big green Olds, a nicely done custom, went for a gavel price of just $20,000.

LOT 642, 1998 LaFORZA SUV

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An Italian SUV? You bet. The LaForza combined bits of a whole bunch of different vehicles: A Ford 5.0-liter engine, a Chrysler four-wheel-drive system, suspension derived from a Fiat army truck and a paint job that looks like it rolled out of the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.

UPDATE: The Italian Stallion was quite a looker, and it hammered for $25,000.

LOT 662, 2008 CADILLAC XLR CUSTOM ROADSTER

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The Cadillac XLR was a really nice two-seat convertible derived from the previous-generation Corvette. Somebody spent north of $164,000 to make this look like a classic custom. The consignor states the conversion took 4,000 man hours, which begs the question, why?

UPDATE: It may have looked outrageous, but it brought respectable money, crossing the block at $37,000.

LOT 682, 1969 AMERICAN MOTORS AMX

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Sure, there are a zillion blue vintage Camaros and Mustangs on the road, but how often do you see a really cherry AMX like this one? This two-seater has the rare and highly desirable Go-Pack option, with period-correct olive green paint over tan interior.

UPDATE: The very definition of cheap thrills, somebody got a muscle car for credit-card money, as it hammers for just $14,000.

LOT 688, 1958 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD

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You will see many new Bentleys and Rolls-Royce around South Florida, but you sure don’t see a lot of the vintage ones. This 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud looks fabulous in two-tone silver and black paint, and it certainly cuts an  imposing figure.

UPDATE: Clearly, two bidders wanted this, because someone paid $100,000 for this baby. Wow, just wow. 

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