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PHIL WALKER

UNCLE PHILíS BEEN TAKING IT EASY OF LATE, BUT WEíVE DRAGGED HIM OUT FROM UNDER HIS SHELBY, GOT HIM TO PUT THE POLISH AND TOOTHBRUSH AWAY AND ASKED HIM TO SELECT THE PICK OF THE BUNCH FROM THE UNIQUE CARS CLASSIFIEDS FIND íEM ALL on tradeuniquecars.com.au, or go straight to the car by SCANNING THE QR CODES

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1965 FORD FALCON XP WAGON $38,000

SLEEPER HIT OF THE YEAR?

IS THE Falcon XP the best-looking wagon Australia ever built? I reckon youíd be hard-pressed to argue otherwise and though the asking price of this one might initially raise a few eyebrows, initially raise a few eyebrows, stick with it. I havenít lost my marbles. Under the bonnet is a 5.0-litre fuel-injected Mustang lump which would give this lightweight load-lugger some real giant-killing pace off the line. Then factor in four-wheel disc brakes, a four-speed automatic box, power steering, an electric tailgate and RSS suspension. In other words, this one has had some serious money thrown at it. The interior looks near concours and the paintwork and chrome look 10/10.

1976 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40

$18,500

OKAY, HEREíS another one thatíll have those who insist on originality getting a bit antsy, but $18,500 for an FJ40? Thatís a giveaway, especially one thatís as cosmetically tidy as this one. Itís had a 4.0-litre turbodiesel conversion with five-speed box, so itís got more than enough torque to get out of its own way. A two-inch body lift and 33-inch mud tyres, power steering , new paint, new interior, long range tank, UHF radio and a whole lot of other big ticket items means that this one looks ready for action straight off the bat.

1979 TRIUMPH TR7 V8 $15,000

YEP, IíVE got a bit of a thing for British roadsters with a big Yank V8 plumbed into íem but the TR7 has never really done it for me. That said, this convertible looks great value for money at just fifteen grand and there are a number of historic rally competitors who reckon that these things can be made to run reliably with just a few inexpensive upgrades. The Buick-derived 215ci V8 is as tough as old boots but the 270ci version from the Leyland P76 is a popular swap. Iím even beginning to warm to that tartan interior. Hereís a car that could really develop a cult following for not a lot of coin.

1973 HOLDEN HQ MONARO $70,000

HAVING JUST reviewed the pile of bills that came with our Monaro giveaway car, Iíve got a pretty good handle on how much it costs to do a quality resto on an HQ and Iíll let you in on something.

Itís a bucketload more than $70k before you even begin ironing out all the typical teething issues that come with a back-to-basics build. Donít fancy that expense in either time or money? Hereís one solution. Gunmetal grey and Lone Ranger Orange, Dart Block 525hp/565lb/ft, Turbo 400, 10 bolt LSD Ė itís got all the good stuff.

2005 HOLDEN MONARO CV8-Z $36,500

RECOGNISE THIS car? You should because it was splashed all over the last issue of Unique Cars.

We spent a day poring over every last millimetre under the gaze of our studio lights for the Hot Tickets Ė Five Holdens You Should Buy Now shoot and it genuinely looks like something that just rolled off the line, shrugging off its 88,000km with absolute disdain. Its owner has given his car some serious TLC so if you agreed with our feature and reckon these late CV8-Zs are going to be a future collectable, well, you know what to do.