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ANDY ENRIGHT

DE TOMASO MANGUSTA 1969

$375,500 RMA, NEW YORK

De Tomaso got off to a flying start with the 1967 Mangusta. Italian for mongoose, an animal that chews the heads off cobras, this wind-up on Carroll Shelby was penned by Giugiaro and featured gull-wing engine covers while chassis tuning was undertaken by Gian Paolo Dallara, the creator of the Lamborghini Miura. The Mangusta always suffered from chassis flex though and only 401 were built in a production run that ended in 1971. This rust-free car lived most of its life in California before being shipped to the UK and given a full bare metal resto. rust

WHAT'S MOVING AND SHAKING

Long derided as not a ‘proper’ MG, the RV8 features a punchy 3.9-litre V8 and authentically hairy handling and the market’s slowly warming to them. Most went to Japan, but if you can unearth a clean one landed for less than $40k this Brit bruiser’s got to be a tempter for a lowrisk investment. low risk

1980 MGB GT

$30,00 SILVERSTONE, NEC, UK

Nothing quite underlined the end of chrome bumpers like the giant rubbery schnozz on the 1974 MGB GT. It took a while to get used to, as did the orange and brown ‘deckchair’ upholstery fitted to this time warp 1499-mile example, but the years have been kind to the Pininfarina shape. Thirty grand isn’t outrageous for this intriguing segue between ’70s and ’80s. It comes with an initial bill of sale, an invoice for ‘Protectol' rustproofing service costing Ł112.00 and a service book with one entry in April 1982 indicating a mileage of 984.

1973 FERRARI 365 GT4 2+2

$65,000 SILVERSTONE, NEC, UK

Long thought of as money pits with absolutely no inherent collectability, 365/400/412 GT Ferraris are now starting to attract interest. This one’s our bargain of the month, showing 60,000 miles and previously owned by Henry Cooper, the plucky Brit heavyweight who put a young Muhammad Ali on his backside. The 365 features six rear lights compared to the 400’s quartet and a mere 55 RHD cars left the Maranello gates. We wouldn't recommend this one as a daily driver, but as a longer term investment, it could come up trumps.

1974 FORD CAPRI RS 3100

$101,700 SILVERSTONE, NEC, UK

Ford built the Capri RS3100 in response to the BMW CSL ‘Batmobile’ which rubbed the old RS2600’s nose in it during the 1973 European Touring Car Championship. Ford built 248 cars, with the Essex V6 overbored to 3091cc and the ‘74/’75 seasons were a no-holds barred dust-up as a result. This car’s possibly the cleanest RS3100 we’ve seen and hit smack in the middle of its estimated range.

1985 FORD ESCORT RS TURBO

$125,000 SILVERSTONE, NEC, UK

With 5564 miles on the clock, this Escort RS Turbo saw jaws hit the floor when the hammer finally fell. The asking price outstripped that of the 2005 Ferrari 612 F1, the 2006 Aston DB9 Volante and the 1965 E-Type Coupe at the same sale.

It’s undoubtedly a beautifully curated example, but that’s still a huge bill for a 1.6-litre Scrote. Call it the RS tax.

1970

OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 CONVERTIBLE

RUSSO & STEELE, SCOTTSDALE – 31 JANUARY 2016 From 1966, the ultimate Oldsmobile 442 got the optional W-30 performance package comprising a highly efficient cold air intake system, high-lift, longduration cam, and a stack more engineering mods. Three 442 body styles were offered, including the Holiday Hardtop, pillared Sports Coupe, and the much-prized Convertible. Just 96 drop tops were built for 1970 equipped with the W-30 go-faster gear and 4-speed manual transmission.

While all W-30 spec 442s are collector magnets, this one’s backed up with some interesting documentation. As a laterproduction W-30 Convertible, it carries the W-30 designation on the factoryissued production broadcast card, unlike the earlier-production cars for 1970. This Matador Red car was also optioned with upgraded sport steering wheel, Rally Pac gauges, and 3.91:1 limited-slip rear end.

No wonder it’s been dubbed The Holy Grail of 442s.

1967FORD XR FALCON GT

$105,000 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE

Homologating for racing and developing police pursuit cars – was there ever a better pair of excuses for a go-faster model? Bill Bourke certainly didn’t need to do a lot of convincing at Ford for the first fast Falcon. With all but a handful of the 596 cars finished in GT Gold, the XR GT occupies a special place in the hearts of Aussie muscle car fans. No wonder this one nudged into six figures.

1973 FORD FALCON XA GT SEDAN

$85,000 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE

Quite what the Poms thought when the wraps came off the Falcon XA GT at the 1972 London Motor Show is open to conjecture, but the car’s place in the Blue Oval firmament certainly isn’t, after becoming the only Ford GT to notch up multiple Bathurst wins. This primo fourspeed manual car is one of 1868 sedans built. That parchment interior? That’d take some getting used to.

1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 ZAGATO

$19.7M RMA, NEW YORK

Achieving an all-time auction record for a British car, this stunning Aston Martin DB4 Zagato was one of the highlights of the RMA Sothebys ‘Driven by Disruption’ sale. It was the only one of the 19 Zagatos sold new into Australia and features a competition history that includes races at Calder, Longford, Sandown, Katoomba and Silverdale.

1963 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE

$429,500 RMA, NEW YORK

'Nudie' Cohn was the man who clothed the Opry’s country and western stars in chain stitch and rhinestones and every once in a while he’d use custom cars as promotional tools. This one was displayed at Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors atelier in North Hollywood and features 14 guns to shift gears, open the doors, sound the horn and work the turn signals.