WHAT'S HOT ON THE BLOCK THIS MONTH ATS OCK
WHAT'S MOVING AND SHAKING
There are quicker front-wheel drive cars around, but few get anywhere close to the unflinching focus of the DC2 Integra Type-R.
With a fierce mechanical diff, an engine that revs to 8500rpm, handported heads, and one of the best gearshifts anywhere, the lightweight Teg is a car that might never come around again. Find one that hasnít been molested and treasure it. ome
1963 FORD GALAXIE R-CODE
We all have a bit of a soft spot for í63 Ford R-Codes here in the Unique Cars office and this Galaxie sailed through Mecumís Kissimmee sale, quite bafflingly registering only the faintest ripple of interest. Still, it did find a new keeper who probably couldnít believe his or her luck. With 455 horses under the hood and only 13,000 miles on the clock, this Rangoon Red edition has a well-documented history, having been featured in countless US enthusiast publications. Itís clearly had some money spent on it and if you were looking for a manual-tranny muscle car before muscle cars became a parody of themselves, this is about as good as it gets.
1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD
One of only 716 V-code (440ci, sixbarrel) Plymouth Superbirds ever built, this Alpine White example also features the A36 Performance Axle package with the 3.55 ratio diff. With Hemi Superbirds now fetching half a million dollars, the V-codes now look the next best option for those without quite such hefty reserves of disposable income.
The Superbird was a short-lived thing, NASCARís rules for 1971 limiting aero cars to a capacity of 305ci before they whacked them with crippling weight penalties.
1990 LOTUS ELAN SE TURBO
Drum roll please for my Bargain of the Month. Yes, itís a wrong-wheel drive Lotus. As arse-draggers go, the Elan SE Turbo is right up there with the very best, Autocar magazine in the UK describing it upon launch as 'the quickest point to point car available'. Despite having been owned by more people than Audley Harrison, itís been treated well.
With 135,000 miles on the clock, it might not quite reach 100km/h in 6.5 seconds any longer, but itíll still have enough about it to paint a big smile on your face when pointed at the squiggly way home.
The very first Chevette 2300HS must have had a stratospheric reserve as it would have attracted serious interest. Vauxhallís rear-drive rally homologation special has a cult following and this car has enjoyed a full nut and bolt resto. One of the earliest true hot hatches, the HS got the Ďslantfourí engine from the big Magnum sedan, a 16v head and some decidedly lairy tartan interior trim.
Where do you stand on the subject of replicas and tribute cars? Itís a grey area, but if you canít stretch to the best part of a million for a real Countach, hereís something a lot more affordable. Itís packing a 340bhp BMW 5.0 V12 and the interior even looks up to snuff. Honestly, youíd be hard pressed to pick this one if it rumbled past. Yes itís a fake, but at this money, whoís quibbling?
On the block
RMA Sothebyís Paris Ė 8th February A$640-780,000 If, like us, you grew up wearing out VHS copies of Faszination where RUFís test driver Stefan Roser flings a Yellowbird around the Nurburgring while sporting a natty set of white socks and penny loafers, youíll have a bit of a soft spot for the hot blŁtengelb 911s that emerge from Pfaffenhausen.
This CTR2 Sport is based on the 993 Turbo and was delivered new to RUF test driver Steve Beddor, shortly after his assault on Pikes Peak in a fully road legal CTR2 prototype. With only 10,500km on the clock and any rare 993 variant drawing huge buyer interest, itís sure to make some big numbers when it crosses the auction block in Paris.
Long gone are the days where a speculative lowball on eBay could occasionally land you with a set of keys, and this tidy HQ with a somewhat hazy history attracted a flurry of bidders keen to sign up to some two-door chrome bumper loveliness. Itís a long way from original and the vendor doesnít actually know if itís a GTS or not which, 99 times out of 100, means it isnít. Itís hard to see whoever made the trek to Kallangur, Qld feeling too aggrieved though.
1989 PORSCHE 944 TURBO
There arenít too many surefire ways of making money, but let me clue you in on one. Track down a Porsche 944 Turbo at a UK auction, buy it, ship it here and spend a few lazy Sundays tidying it. Everything is working in your favour: exchange rate, year of manufacture, investment potential. It all comes right with this car. Aussie demand is strong, so it's hard to get things too wrong.
Handy with a spanner? Love Italian classics?
Got an eye for a bargain? Well you missed this one. Hereís a partially restored Fulvia Zagato project that appears to have stalled and the vendor needed some money. Unfortunately he didnít get very much. The body is described a very rusty which is probably no surprise, but if youíre a bodywork whizz, this is a project thatíd be great to get your teeth into.
One of the originators of the Italian GT car with Yank V8 muscle, Iso, originally Isothermos, a refrigeration company, unveiled the Rivolta IR3300 back in 1963. Industrialist owner Renzo Rivolta lent his name to the sleek coupe and employed luminaries such as engineer Bizzarrini, designer Giugiaro and chassis builder Bertone.
For a long time values of these cars have languished in the doldrums, but long overdue appreciation is beginning to spark up.