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RAY & SUE LODDER MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL

1957 QUICK CURVES

Iitís originally an American car, which we bought through a Bonhams auction in Sydney around 2003-2004.

It looked nice, but some of the work that had been done on it wasnít really up to scratch so we decided to restore. That gave us a chance to rectify some of the things that happen to cars over a 50-or-so year history.

Why do I like it? Have a look at it! Itís got more curves than Marylin Monroe.

Having said that, it goes like shit off a shovel!

Itís fast and when Mercedes-Benz brought it out they advertised it as the fastest road car in the world.

Is there a policeman sitting near? Iíve had it up to 135mph and it will do more.

On a racetrack of course. [Sue joins us.] Itís gorgeous. Itís red, it goes fast and it puts a big grin on his face. When he gets in, I have to ask him how old he is because sometimes he acts like an 18-year-old!

1971 HARRY HATSI FORD FALCON XY GT

FINDING GOLD

Igot the car 10 years ago from a chap out in Pakenham and really didnít think much about it for a year or so, until I decided to start restoring it.

After a while I got stuck into getting it done and it passed through the hands of people like the legendary Neil Thompson of Grand Tourer (whoís no longer with us) and Jason Horder over at Preston Panels.

There was something a little odd about this car Ė it had parts on it that didnít quite stack up for a GT, such as an X block, special manifold and a 780 four-barrel carburettor.

The conclusion we came to was this one was carrying GT-HO running gear, which suggested an interesting history somewhere along the line. It doesnít have HO plates, but a lot of the gear is there.

We decided that, as we did it up, we might as well keep going in that vein. So, as we tidied it up, we did things like replace the hydraulic lifters with solids and put Phase III extractors on it. It already had a faily lumpy cam installed.

The really lucky break though was a mate in Queensland rang up and asked if Iíd been looking around the online classifieds lately. I hadnít and asked what he was on about.

He said you have to see it for yourself and gave me the details. Sure enough, there in Adelaide was someone selling a set of service books for a Ford XY. So what? They werenít just any service books, but the original books for my car! What are the chances of that happening after more than 40 years?

Of course I bought them.

But it was pretty lucky since Iíd tried to track down the books through the family of the previous owner and had given up.

This is my second XY GT and Iím the fourth owner. I get the car to a fair number of shows. Theyíre a special thing and finding those books really made it for me.

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