í02 HSV GTS Coupe

The most desirable HSV of modern times?

by SCOTT NEWMAN

Itís tempting

The used car treasure hunt

HAVING INSERTED ourselves behind the wheel of the brandspanking- new supercharged Gen-F2 Clubsport this issue, we thought itíd be a good idea to trawl the classifieds for some of Claytonís back catalogue.

Is $55K too much for a 13-year-old HSV? After all, that much coin will nearly buy you a shiny Clubsport R8, complete with 340kW/570Nm 6.2-litre V8. While the value equation mightnít stack up if you use boring metrics like rational thinkers, thereís something very special about the first two-door HSV.

First up, thereís the looks.

The Monaro shape was a winner, and HSVís additions ramped up the aggression without looking too tacky.

Then thereís the engine. While 300kW/510Nm isnít headline news these days, back in 2002 it was heady stuff, and the imported Callaway donk is a special piece of kit.

Add it all up and youíve got a very desirable modern classic thatís still great to drive.

FOR SIMILAR money to the above HSV GTS, Blue Oval fans can live out all their Clint Eastwood fantasies with this beautiful 1969 Ford Torino 428 Cobra Jet.

That number refers to the massive 428ci (7.0-litre) V8 under the bonnet, which pumps out a massive (for the time) 250kW through a threespeed automatic.

But Yank muscle cars arenít really about speed, theyíre about looking cool and feeling good, and the awesome fastback shape (looking a bit like an oversized Mustang) and V8 bellow from the sideexit exhausts guarantees that.

This particular Torino was once displayed in the Arizona museum as a car of state significance. M

NOW $55,000

The unique car you want is now easier to fi nd