PHIL’S PICKS

IT’S BEEN A BUSY MONTH FOR OUR USED CAR EXPERT UNCLE PHIL BUT HE CAPPED IT OFF BY RUNNING THE RULE OVER WHAT WAS FOR SALE AT THEODORE BRUCE’S MOTORCLASSICA AUCTION.

I do love a good auction. Sometimes the hammer falls at about half of what you expect and at others the bidding just keeps going long after reason has left the room. The Theodore Bruce auction at Motorclassica had some quality metal passing across the block, but you know what? I reckon you could buy just as well right here at tradeuniquecars.com.au and here are a few reasons why. Alternatively just point your smartphone at the QR codes. u I WON’T DENY it. The 1971 Porsche 911T that sold for $184,000 at Motorclassica was bloody gorgeous.

Thing is, 1972 marked a change in the 911 range, with the engines being enlarged from 2195 to 2341cc, and as much as Porschephiles value older 911s, there’s no two ways about it – the later cars were better. The 185hp 911E was a step above the T but below the S in the 911 hierarchy and this car, in factory right-hand drive and having been with the same owner for the last three decades is about as good as they get. The odometer shows just over 98,000 miles which suggests a vehicle that has been exercised regularly but not excessively.

If ever you wanted a Porsche that shows off the purity of the classic 911 shape, you can’t do much better than one of these.

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1977 MERCEDES-BENZ 450

A VERY PLEASANT 450 SLC went across the block at Motorclassica for $8000, a car that was originally owned by the Greek ambassador to Australia. It had had a respray and I wasn’t 100 per cent convinced by the contrasting interior hue, but this white 450 in the classifieds looks – to my eye at least – a whole lot classier. The SLC is a car that divides opinion, many not being able to see past the more overt SL convertible, but the fixed-head car is undoubtedly where the value’s at. Some see them as being a little too biased to the American market but they’re missing the point. The SLC was always a lovely relaxed GT car, not an apex-sniffer. Unlike the SL, you’re unlikely to get into a bidding war over an SLC, so you can take your time, look at a few and pick the right one at a price that suits you. he sn’t

1971 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA 440

LOT 15 AT THE Theodore Bruce Auction was a Cuda 440 in All American Racers Tribute spec, but as with most tribute vehicles, the value can often be less than a clean, unmolested original and this was the case here, the car failing to sell at its $75,000 estimate. For something a good deal more marketable, you’d need to spend a bit more, and this ’71 model year example hits the nail right on the head. With 385hp on tap when mated to the V-code six-barrel carburettor setup as seen here, the Cuda remains one of the iconic muscle cars and this one could be one of the best in the country. I’d prefer one in black on black, but that’s just me.

2007 SHELBY MUSTANG GT 500 COUPE

WITH AN ESTIMATE hovering loosely between $65,000 and $80,000, and auctioned to coincide with the Shelby 50th birthday shebang, the 2007 Shelby GT 500 Convertible at Motorclassica was expected to see some brisk bidding, but the interest rapidly dried up and it returned to its keeper. I much prefer the added body rigidity of a fastback Shelby Mustang to a drop top, and this 2007 coupe could probably be in the garage for $80k cash. Showing just over 16k on the odo, this car could use a few miles put on her and I’d certainly put my hand up for that particular assignment. All of which raises an interesting question: What would you choose, this or a brand spankers supercharged HSV Clubbie?

1988 BMW 635 CSi

IT’S TRUE. IF you don’t love the E24 BMW 6 Series, you probably have a lump of clinker where your heart should be.

Obersturmbannfuhrer here at Unique Cars, Guy Allen, adores his and this 1988 car looks the business. I’d show him the ad but he might get a bit excitable and buy the thing at which point his good lady would probably come after me with a lug wrench.

At $22,000 it looked great value and I’d probably have chosen it and spend a few grand for a driving holiday in Tassie over the admittedly very desirable black JPS-replica Six that went through the Theodore Bruce auction for $32k. en