UNCLE PHILíS PICKS

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 TURBO PORSCHE AND A PETITE FRENCHIE.

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1967 FORD FAIRLANE $45,000

ALLíS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR.

WEíVE ALL become a bit enamoured of this big-hearted Ford. If youíre in the market for a Mustang but youíre finding that $40K-ish isnít turning up anything presentable, you could do a lot worse than switch your attention to this Fairlane. Itís rarer, itís a manual and thereís that lovely 390 under the bonnet.

The donkís been rebuilt using all new Ford & Edelbrock parts and now produces 385hp with 480lb/ ft of torque. Best of all? No rust anywhere. You might need to be quick to get in on this one so sharpen those elbows and get on your negotiating game.

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1986 PORSCHE 944 TURBO $22,000

ITíS HARD to find a clean Porsche 944 Turbo without Millennium Falcon mileage on the clock, so this 1986 example has got my interest piqued. I still remember Peter Robinsonís review in Wheels magazine and have long hankered after a 944 Turbo. He reckoned it was a better car than a contemporary 911 Carrera. Sure, the 944 S2 is often viewed as the better all-rounder, but if I were to nominate the better investment, the blown idol from Neckarsulm would get my vote every time.

Even today itís still pretty brisk and whatís not to love about 162kW, rear-wheel drive, a near-perfect chassis balance and no stability control?

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1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2DR $35,000

THERE ARE bargains and then thereís this Chevy Bel Air. On the other hand thereís that nagging suspicion that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Iíve seen raggedy two-door í57 Bel Airs going for upwards of $50k, so if this one checks out, itís a steal. The two-tone paintwork might put off the originality crowd but otherwise thereís a lot to like about this big old hunk of Chev.

The interior looks in good nick and itís got all the good bits already. The owner suggests heís not going to move on price and you can see why, so donít pitch in expecting him to crumble like a spiv at Dick Smith trying to offload a no-name plasma.

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1988 HOLDEN HSV GROUP A SS $99,000

THE MORE I look at this car, the more confused I get. My first thought is that itís a waste of a perfectly good Walky. Then I figure that itís a lot more fun than a stretch Chrysler 300C and would utterly make my day if I saw it roll by. I then get to idly wondering what sort of time itíd get around Mount Panorama. On second thoughts, it looks as if it might need a three-point turn to get through The Cutting, and after pretzeling the chassis rails at Forrestís Elbow the car would probably crab up Conrod with yours truly facing some nasty booze spillages and a $99,000 bill. It still paints a big smile on my face every time I see the ad though.

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CITROEN 2CV CHARLESTON $12,500

WITH 2CV values started to ignite, nowís a perfect time to jump on board a tin snail and this looks as good as any. Thereís been money spent on brakes, alternator and starter motor lately, and the seats have been rebuilt. The roof is in good condition, and the tyres are near new Firestones.

The paintwork could use a refresh and thereís some superficial body rust to attend to, but this one could come really good with some modest expenditure. If you want to learn some lessons in preservation of momentum, this 39kW weapon is the perfect accompaniment. Itís in Noosa, so you could combine car buying with beach lounging and overly fruity grog. Perfect.

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