HAVING SOLD THE SHELBY THAT HEíD OWNED FOR MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS, UNCLE PHIL IS SHOPPING FOR A REPLACEMENT. HEíS GOT HIS EYE ON A C2 VETTE BUT IS OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS. HERE ARE A FEW OF THE CARS THAT HAVE CAUGHT HIS EYE IN THIS MONTHíS UNIQUE CARS CLASSIFIEDS.
THIS TAKES SOME getting used to. $185k for a car with an Aunger louvre? I can recall a time when, even in RPO83 spec, this would have been a fairly cheap car. Now the asking price is way up there at nearly two hundred grand. Still, as weíve seen from recent auction results, if you have the right Aussie muscle car in the right trim, you can virtually name your price.
Which Chester here has every right to do and we donít doubt that itíll find a taker. One of only 259 produced, this is one of eight finished in factory paint code Z Wild Violet exterior with a beige vinyl roof. The car remains mainly unrestored but is in overall tidy nick. Itís not something that Iíd be tempted by, but Iíll include it here because I know plenty of people who right now are doing some pretty disgraceful Ďman mathsí in order to get this in their lock-up.
FLIP OPEN MY GARAGE and youíd be excused for thinking muscle cars were all that interested me, but youíd be wrong. Iíve got all the time in the world for Japanese curios like this Mazda 1800 wagon. It presents in great condition, has been tastefully upgraded and comes with a whole stack of spares to depress her indoors with. These were everywhere at one stage but are getting pretty thin on the ground now, so $12,000 doesnít seem too big a liberty.
ITíS A SAD FACT but 65 grand doesnít buy you a whole lot of Mustang these days. Anything even remotely rare or noteworthy tends to push the prices towards six figures, so it was with a glint in my eye that I chanced upon this gem.
Okay, so itís Ďjustí a Ď65 2+2 with a 289, but you need to look at the thing. Iím fussy, but this is a clean motor. It was restored in the States to show standard and has been over here for three years, in which time itís been awarded a Silver grading in the Original Class at the 2015 Mustang Owners Club of NSW state concours.
LIKE ORIGINALITY? Then move along.
Nothing to see here. If , on the other hand, you can appreciate a car thatís been built with a lot of love and a pretty creative remit, I think youíll like this í72 Satellite. Itís got a 440 big block up front, so itís not backwards about coming forward. The Hemi Orange paint isnít for shrinking violets either and nor are the dual stainless zorsts. If you need some brilliantly obnoxious plug-and-play grunt in your life, TGS Muscle Cars has a dotted line thatís looking for your signature.
FEELING BRAVE? Hereís a resto project that will challenge the best. Weíve turned up this careworn looking Rover SD1 in the wilds of Tassie. Itís been given a hideous body kit and the interior needs a bit of love too, but when these cars are up together theyíre pretty tough, especially in V8S or Vitesse trim. Do you reckon you could bring this one back from the brink? If so, youíll earn our eternal respect and admiration.
IS THIS THE BEST VALUE Audi R8 in Australia? I reckon it might just be. Itís got 40,000km on the clock, so itís just been lightly run in, and although the R-tronic gearbox copped some flak at launch, I still prefer it to the stupid gated shifter the manual model came with. Dakota Grey with a carbon pack is a very cool spec. Iíd been looking at Porsche 996 Turbos, but came to the conclusion that the R8 was faster around virtually any circuit you care to mention, sounded better, turned more heads, had a smarter interior and was probably more exciting to drive. Part Ingolstadt, part SantíAgata, Iíve a feeling the R8 will develop into a Unique Cars hero in years to come.
DEP ED ANDY ENRIGHT ran one of these as his Nurburgring snotter and reckoned it soaked up a few hundred laps of the Green Hell without complaint but this car, one of only 150 units with Australian Compliance, looks way too good to be stripped and thrashed.
Dynamically, theyíre not on a par with a Skyline GT-R, but then then have you seen the price of R32s these days? This looks a very good buy for just $18k.