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PHILí FOR ISSUE 400, PHILíS BEEN GIVEN A BUDGET OF $400K AND ASKED TO SELECT A QUIVER OF CARS. PAY ATTENTION BECAUSE THIS EXPERTISE DOESNíT COME FOR FREE. IT USUALLY COSTS US A BAG OF SALTY DIM SIMS

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1969 FORD MUSTANG $95,000 428 COBRA JET

GET SOME R-CODE IN YOUR LIFE GET A LOAD OF THIS. As I mentioned a couple of months back, itís hard to find true value in the Mustang market. Anything thatís a bit rare sails into the sixfigure region, but hereís a genuine 428 Cobra Jet R-Code for $95k.

Ford sold 299,824 Mustangs in 1969 and only 10,080 of those were Cobra Jets so itís a pretty special thing. This oneís been sprayed Red Candy Metallic from its original Lime Gold paint and features an aftermarket camshaft which puts the shake into the Shaker hood.

Itís got the factory correct C6 auto with the 2.46/1.46/1.00 ratios and the interior looks bang on the button in terms of originality and condition. The market for these Cobra Jets is warming up a bit so if you canít run to a Shelby, nowís a good time to dive in and pick up some 428ci goodness.

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1959 CADILLAC $39,950 COUPE DE VILLE

FOR MANY, this remains the ultimate American car template and over half a century has done nothing to dull the impact of this behemoth. Rust is your enemy with these, especially in the floors, but this one is claimed to be in good nick. Forty grandís not too optimistic either, especially if itís as solid as the buyer claims. It would make a great basis for a show car or just a useable weekend classic that would be great fun to burble about in. Itíd look the goods at Hanging Rock.

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1989 LAND ROVER $29,990 DEFENDER 6X6

NO CAR COLLECTION is complete without a vehicle with a modicum of practicality and hereís my nomination this month. 3.0-litre Isuzu engine, 6 wheel drive, licensed to seat 12, this go-anywhere camper is the perfect choice for getting somebody who snores out of your motel room on a road trip. Forget about all the bonkers money people pay for VW vans. This looks to be solid value for money thatíll run and run. Itís not quick but itís got air con and a siren. Winner.

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1999 TVR CHIMAERA 400 $49,990

I LOVE THIS ONE. I know a lot of people donít like TVRs and I get that. Theyíre mostly unreliable and I havenít driven one that didnít smell like a cat litter tray in the sun. That aside, theyíre great fun to pedal along and this Aussie-delivered 4.0-litre car looks the absolute duckís guts. With only 27k on the clock, itís in that sweet spot between newish and old enough to have had its issues fettled. Having sold my Sunbeam Tiger, thereís always a spot reseved in my garage for another charismatic V8 drop top from Blighty.

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2001 PORSCHE 911 TURBO $94,990

HEREíS A BIT OF A PUNT. The vendor isnít exactly the chattiest person in the world and leaves scant clue to the condition and history of this 996 Turbo. So this one could go either way. If itís up together then $95kís not a silly price for one of these 420hp all-wheel drive super coupes. Donít be too put off by the Tiptronic box either. It actually suits the Turbo quite well and is the same box used by the Merc SL55 AMG. Top pub fact? It actually has two different reverse gears.

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1996 BMW E36 M3 EVO $25,990

THE E36íS TIME HAS FINALLY COME YEAH, I KNOW.

YEAH, I KNOW. Iíve owned a string of AMG Mercs but thereís something about the BMW M3 that earns my respect. When the E36 M3 came out, some were disappointed that it didnít feel as raw as its predecessor, but drive one now and you probably wonít mind. The 3.2- litre six is an all-time great, with an awesome soundtrack when you nut it to its 8k redline.

This 321hp Evo model got the double VANOS valve gear which needs looking after, so look for one minus the old death rattle. Estoril Blue has to be the best colour for an E36 M3, and thius oneís got the hard top roof and the sixspeed manual. It looks to have been well looked after so it ticks all of my boxes. What else can you get thatís half this talented for $26k? d Go straight to this car by SCANNING THE QR CODE

1972 FORD FAIRMONT $70,000 GT 351

IíVE SEEN A FEW of these South African Fairmonts down the years and the condition of whatís brought across the Indian Ocean varies tremendously. This one looks well worth a second glance and given how prices of dinky-di Aussie cars have ballooned in the last couple of years, it represents a great way to get into XY ownership and satisfy that itch for a hot shaker without the ridiculous price tag. This 5.8 litres of loveliness looks hard to turn down.

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