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CLASSIC CAR GURU UNCLE PHIL NEVER STOPS SIFTING THROUGH THE UNIQUE CARS CLASSIFIEDS IN SEARCH OF THE LEFT-FIELD AND LOVABLE. THIS MONTH HEíS COME UP WITH SOME YANK MUSCLE, A CLASSIC BENZ AND A TIME-WARP JAP

PHIL WALKER

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1968 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 455

$49,990

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The only substitute for cubes is more cubes WHOAH, NELLY, hold your horses! I know there wasnít a Mk1 Firebird factory fitted with the 455ci lump, so if itís originality youíre after, youíll need to keep looking. The big banger was fitted from 1971 to the Firebird Mk IIs but some enterprising soul has clearly felt the need for seven and a half litres of lugging power in the shapely Mk1 and shoehorned it in. Good on íem, I say. This is a fairly hefty request for a car with a non-standard engine, but the work looks to have been done to a good standard and the rest of the car is tidy. This oneís finished in a deep Matador red contrasting perfectly with the coal-hole interior. Thereís also a factory full length floor console and tilt column. The Rallye wheels look in goo shape all round and the car is fitted with the required power steering and brakes. Itís showing 79,000-odd on the clock so itís no garage queen but if youíre trawling around for a presentable, usable alternative to a Mustang or a Camaro with something about it, you wonít do a lot better for fifty large.

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1968 CHRYSLER 300 $27,500

THEREíS SOMETHING special about a Chrysler 300. We love all of íem here at Unique. This isnít one of the ultra-desirable Ďletter seriesí cars but that just means that the price is that bit more realistic. This 1968 two-door hardtop is fitted with a 440ci donk and shows 98,000 on the clock. The cabin looks minty fresh and the body is unusually good. Those front fenders look sharp enough to lop the top off a coconut and give the Chrysler some real rear-vview mirror presence. Itís only recently landed here in Australia and has import approval but is going to require a bit of spade and paperwork to get on the road. ďHop in my Chrysler, itís as big as a whale and itís about to set sail!Ē Can you name the band and song?

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1982 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL $29,000

YOU COULDNíT ask for more of an elegant way to arrive than in a Merc SL and this oneís a gem. These pre-emissions R107 emissions models are actually the most powerful versions, notably punchier than even the later 560SL variants. This one looks very well looked after, with the four-speed automatic gearbox and a non-warped removal hardtop panel.

Itís got the period-correct wheels and the primo Michelin rubber suggests itís been maintained reagdless of cost. Itís only showing an even 100,000 klicks on the clock and comes with a cool cream interior thatís going to work in the Aussie sun a whole lot better than burn-yer-bum black.

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1979 HONDA ACCORD 1 $5990

YEP, ITíS one of those slightly spooky time-warp cars that the UC classifieds throws up once in a while. This Accord is one of those cars that was a handsome thing back in the day and the years have been very kind to its styling. I reckon this looks very cool now and would probably turn plenty of heads.

Soichiro Honda was actually the owner of a Ď69 Pontiac Firebird, and initial designs for the Accord were for a sporty competitor in the pony car market, at roughly the size of the Firebird, powered by a sixcylinder engine. In the end that plan was nixed due to the oil crisis and the Accord went on to become the first import car to top the US sales charts.

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1980 VOLVO 262C COUPE $9950

THE BERTONE styling house has been responsible for some of the most iconic shapes in automotive design. Lamborghinis Countach and Miura, the Lancia Stratos, and the Alfa Romeo Montreal are but a few of the highlights. Thereís also the Volvo 262C, which probably isnít going to take pride of place on the company showreel.

Compared to a contemporary Mercedes CE or BMW 6 Series, the bulky 262 lacked elegance, but itís not wanting for impact and these days it has a certain kitschy appeal, from the bondage-strap upholstery to the 70s-era American music centre burl veneers on the doors. That said, ten grand for such a likeable rarity seems a more than fair ask.

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