PHILíS PICKS

Philís Picks

OUR USED CAR EXPERT UNCLE PHIL HAS SOLD ONE OF HIS MOTORS AND HAS A BILLFOLD THE SIZE OF MICK GATTOíS NECK BURNING A HOLE IN HIS POCKET. HEREíS WHATíS CATCHING HIS EYE

Some cars you farewell with a tear in your eye and others youíre kind of glad to see disappear over the horizon. As great a car as my Boss Mustang was, by the time I sold it, I must admit to being over it a bit, for one reason or another. But now the fun starts, because despite claiming I wasnít in the market for another car, Iím getting an itchy trigger finger. Here are the bargains on TRADEUNIQUECARS.COM.AU this month. Alternatively just point your smartphone at the QR codes.

1965 FORD CORTINA MK 1

ITíS A GOOD bit of sport trawling the classifieds for Lambos and Ferraris but we like to keep things real here at Unique Cars and they donít come much more down to earth than this tidy í65 Cortina.

Itís located in Tasmania, so you could buy the car and add a driving holiday round the brilliant roads of the Apple Isle. That Weber carb will clear the road of wallabies and web-foots for half a mile ahead and the simple joy of unassisted steering, a fruity 1.5-litre four, three pedals and a stick and an honest rear-wheel drive chassis just doesnít get old. This carís in wholly presentable nick and will make a corker for those looking for their first classic. Fit some period tyres and youíll enjoy the thrill of oversteer at 40km/h.

1995 MG RV8

I LOVE MY Sunbeam Tiger. Itís that combination of pretty British roadster shape and raw Yank V8 muscle that does it for me and this MG offers a more contemporary take on that theme.

Under the bonnet is a 3.9-litre Rover (ex-Buick) V8 good for 190 horses thatíll scuttle it to 100km/h in under six seconds.

Unlike with a TVR, you stand a better than even chance of arriving at your destination without having a flaming wiring loom fall into your lap too, which has to be a bonus. They only built 2000 of these RV8s and more than 75 percent of that build run went straight to Japan, but this is the nation that brought us tentacle porn so maybe thatís not such a solid recommendation.

Woodcote Green, 61,000 kilometres on the clock: itís all good. me.

1970 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1

THE MUSTANG WORLD is split into those who love these Mach 1s and those who hate íem. I used to be firmly in the latter camp, but Iíve mellowed in recent years and could certainly see this in my garage. This is a genuine Texas International Speedway pace car and is supplied with a whole host of documentation including the original invoice from Ford Factory to Texas International Speedway as well as a Deluxe Marti Report. It got treated to full resto seven years ago and was imported into Australia in late November 2010. The Windsor 351-V2 is in good shape and the interior is stunning. No wonder itís cleaned up a few concours awards since it arrived. d

2001 PORSCHE 911 TURBO

THIS 996 TURBO was widely regarded as the best sports car in the world for a number of years. Then it got replaced and we just sort of forgot about it. Although the interiors feel a bit low rent, these are still brilliant cars with prodigious all-weather pace and composure and, unlike normal 911 Carreras, the Turbo features the race-derived Mezger engine which is far sturdier. This oneís got an auto box which isnít for everyone, but you can amaze your friends with the fact that this transmission has two (yes, really) reverse gears. There hasnít been one generation of 911 Turbo which hasnít been popular with collectors and although the sales success of the 996 Turbo might take the edge off collectability, itís such a great daily driver that it more than pays its way.

2002 MERCEDES-BENZ C32 AMG

The Unique Car You Want Is Now Easier To Find YOU NEED TO choose quite carefully when looking at C32 AMGs because there are some ropey ones about. Build quality was never particularly standout, but find a good base car and itís worth looking after. This one looks superficially promising and the price certainly looks right. Youíre getting a supercharged 3.2-litre V6 Merc with more than 350 horses thatís got masses more usable torque than a BMW M3, all of which makes the car with the three-pointed star the nicer everyday proposition. These still feel quick and with an auto box fitted, you ought to still get close to the original published 0-100 figure of 5.2s. If this one checks out, itíll undoubtedly be the deal of the month.