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UNCLE PHIL'S Top Pick OF THE MONTH

1962 FORD FALCON XL

BLUE OVAL AND PROUD

I HAVE OWNED and restored plenty of Henry’s finest over the years but nowadays I’m starting to prefer a car with nothing left to do besides keeping it clean.

This XL has undergone a recent restoration in its original Gambier blue and Merino white combination and can I say it really does look stunning in the photos.

The 170 Pursuit is said to be rebuilt along with the two-speed automatic transmission, the engine bay is beautifully presented with a nicely detailed air cleaner and original valve cover and period-correct decals.

Inside the dash is equally as nice with new upholstery and a refinished contrasting cream steering wheel.

It sports the radio delete option so please don’t bolt a tacky aftermarket head unit in this car. Just enjoy everything this local Fomoco icon has to offer.

$19,500

1966 FORD T-BIRD TOWN LANDAU $31,990

I REMEMBER the advertising well. The picture of a handsome pilot in his blue uniform about to take flight in his own ‘66 Town Landau T-bird.

The Town Landau was only offered in ’66 and it featured a wider roofline eliminating the rear quarter windows and was dressed with those huge Landau irons. Inside it benefited from an overhead aircraft like console which displayed door ajar, low fuel, hazard lights and a seat-belt reminder.

This originally Californian car has been in OZ since 1996 and has seen a bunch of local restoration work including, paint, upholstery and rebuilt 390.

Get your suitcase ready and fly!

1989 NISSAN SKYLINE SVD GTS2 $12,990

IT SEEMS THAT in recent years the SVD enhanced Skylines have sparked collector interest and prices have started to creep upwards.

Whenever one pops up on the market we at UC HQ get excited, especially if it’s the the Series II. This factory 5-speed manual has a stated 297,000 kms and has some minor engine modifications including an upgraded camshaft/ECU/exhaust and extractors. It also wears Simmons wheels and is supported by Bilsteins all round. With some minor trim work, original wheels and a bit of paint attention, you could have a bargain.

1980 FORD ESCORT GHIA $7000

NOW THERE WAS a time that Ford Escorts were scattered all over Australia. Times are changing and I can’t remember the last time I saw a vinyl roofed Escort in such an unusual combo.

This particular car looks like a great investment, with only 172,000kms and no modifications whatsoever. The 2.0 litre automatic is said to be the original drivetrain and the Sherwood green painted body is stated to have no rust repairs and is dead straight with no dents.

If you want a “survivor car” that won’t break the bank this Escort Ghia might be for you.

1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR $83,000

THE 57 CHEV has a massive fan base worldwide and has always been one of the most loved American models locally.

This Tasmanian car looks beautifully presented in period correct colours complemented by wide whitewalls and the original spinner hubcaps.

It’s refreshing to see a Bel-Air without any major modifications besides some under-hood enhancements including an aluminum radiator, upgraded power brakes with dual-circuit master cylinder and an Edelbrock carb feeding the 283.

With the venetians installed this pillarless Chevy offers happy wind-in-your-hair cruising.

1972 DATSUN 1600 1 $18,999

GET THAT DASTUN difference, right? With the humble 1600 fleet suffering its fair share of neglect over the years, they aren’t as common as they use to be and prices are now reflecting this.

Finished in a striking green hue, this Datto has original trim in immaculate condition and was powered by an original 1600 with twin carbs.

Period Hotwires finish the look. If it were mine I would be stripping the black from the bumpers and taillight surrounds and reverting this Datto to its original delivery spec with contrasting chrome.

1979 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL BILL BLASS MARK V $29,950

70S LINCOLN MEETS fashion label. This was surprisingly not the only Lincoln available over the years “enhanced” by a fashion label. Not only could you purchase a Bill Blass Lincoln in ‘79, a Cartier, Givenchy and a Pucci edition were also offered.

These monsters where powered by a 400cid topped by a Motorcraft 2V carburetor, and this particular car on offer has only 17,000 original miles!

If you like to be the centre of attention this is the car for you, get those driving gloves out and throw the golf clubs in the boot.

1977 HOLDEN STATESMAN $19,500

NOW HERE WE have a nice looking local lion, in a striking Bordeaux metallic duco with Chamois trim and a matching vinyl roof.

The paintwork is showing some minor blemishes, courtesy of an older closed door respray, but the good news is there is no rust under the original vinyl roof and all the stainless trims, glass and chrome are classed as excellent.

The current owner states that the car has been in the one family for most of its life and always garaged.

The best part is that car is powered by a 308 with a T400 automatic and benefits from some Statesman luxury with power steering and A/C.

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BEFORE HANDING OVER YOUR HARD EARNED $$$ please ensure you have any potential purchase inspected, as a tight travel budget and a lack of psychic powers mean we cannot vouch for the individual cars we highlight.