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BATHURST-WINNING BEEMER UP FOR GRABS ITíS TRUE, TRACK CARS arenít usually my bread and butter but this is something really special and you know what? Itís not even that much dearer than a roadgoing E30 M3 Sport Evo. This car won the 2.0-litre class at Bathurst in 1993 with Peter Doulman and John Cotter behind the wheel, and prior to that was one of the six original M3ís built by Frank Gardner, campaigned by Peter Brock and Jim Richards. Wearing the JPS colours in í87 and Mobil livery in 1988, the M3 had a tough time up against the turbocharged Sierra Cosworths but still held its own on shorter and tighter tracks. $300k?
For an M3 with this sort of history, itís not an unreasonable ask.
ON THE face of it, thereís nothing particularly remarkable about this 101,000km VK, but it looks a really honest example thatís as close to showroom specification as youíre going to get without spending big money. Nowís a good time to pick up a VK as well. As a car for the odd sunny weekend, you can run Ďem on a club rego but they havenít started to really pick up in value just yet. This might make a very nice third or fourth car for when you need to scratch that retro itch. Itís rarer still to find a car like this with a stick and third pedal.
BARGAIN OF THE MONTH? Potentially, youíre looking at it right here. To buy a project Cortina GT and restore it to this sort of standard would probably cost you double the $24k being asked for this car, so if you want to take the quick and easy route, you need to snap this guyís hand off fast. The pictures leave a bit to be desired, so Iíd reserve final judgment until Iíd had a good look over the car, but from a first glimpse it looks the proper ticket.
Yes, you can buy a cheaper Cortina but I apply Philís Law here, namely that achieving that final 20 percent of finish blows 80 percent of the budget.
IF YOU DO have an utter aversion to seeing a similar vehicle come the other we, may I humbly present the one and only AMC Spirit AMX in Australia. This oneís been fitted with the bigger 360ci lump, as seen in the AMC AMX and the Bricklin SV-1 amongst others, and is one of only 846 built. Looking much like a Yank Torana, but with more cubes, the Spirit AMX was the first American car ever to contest the Nurburgring 24hr back in 1979, the two cars entered finishing first and second in class. Who said that 80s Yank cars couldnít do corners?
LOOK BEYOND the hideous body kit and brash paintwork and you have the kernel of a really nice project car here. A bit of restorative TLC would see this RX-7 come very good indeed. Part of the fun in looking at project cars is being able to look beyond the superficial and visualise what it could become.
Iíd restore as much to stock as possible here and update the colour slightly with a contemporary titanium paint finish. It otherwise looks quite well looked after and values of these things are only going one way.