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UNCLE PHILíS Top Pick OF THE MONTH

PHIL WALKER

ASK PHIL WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT THE CAR TRADE AND HEíLL TELL YOU ITíS THE THRILL OF THE CHASE. HEíS LYING. ITíS AVOIDING THE DESPERATE CALLS OF SOMEBODY WHOíS SOLD YOU THEIR CAR FOR HALF WHAT ITíS WORTH AND WANTS IT BACK. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!

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UNCLE PHILíS Top Pick OF THE MONTH

1971 DATSUN 240Z $58,000

ZEDíS NOT DEAD, BABY

GO SHOPPING FOR A 240Z with much less than $60k in your account and itís likely that youíll be looking at cars that are crustier than a cabbieís clacker.

crustier than a cabbieís clacker.

If you want to avoid the usual bogtrotters, take a look at this gem. It had a full nut and bolt resto at The Healey Factory, has a breathed on 2.6 plus the original L24 mill, itís got concours prizes and even has a CAMS-approved 6-point cage if youíd like to take in a bit of historic motorsport.

The underbonnet presentation and the interior finish are a tribute to whoever built this Zed, so if youíre looking for my pick as bargain of the month, this is it.

By a country mile.

1997 SUBARU SVX $6990

DOPEY PRICK. DROPKICK. Peanut. Those were just some of my pet names for one of our senior managers when he bought a new Subaru SVX. He thought he was Elon Musk v1.0, but as the years go by, Iíll admit to liking the SVX more and more. This oneís clocked up over 350,000 kilometres so itís no garage queen but at less than $7k whoís complaining? The flat-six 3.3-litre donkíll get it to 100 in a nadge over 7s so itís almost quick. That jumped-up galoot in a suit? Heís now driving an Infiniti.

1974 RENAULT 5 TL $7500

ALTHOUGH ALL THE MARKET interest in Renault 5s is aimed at the turbocharged crazy models, thereís something about the base versions thatís more charming and more authentically French. This 1.1-litre TL inhabits the next notch up in sophistication and driveability from a Citroen 2CV and looks in quite inexplicably good nick. An Aussie car with all the docs and a bunch of spares sold with it, youíd be well advised to jump in before these start getting impossible to find.

2005 FPV F6 TYPHOON BF $35,000

MUSCLE CARS WILL COST YOU. Ask me how I know. Thing is, if youíre not after the last word in originality or the very rarest models, you can buy something thatís tough as nails on a reasonable budget. Take this FPV F6 Typhoon. Itís one of our favourite ever Falcons, yet this low kilometre car would set you back about what youíd pay for a midspec Camry.

Time and again this ballistic BF crops up on the Ďcars I should have boughtí lists. Hereís your chance to make amends.

1967 FORD GALAXIE 500 $45,000

DITCH THE WHEELS for something a bit less cartoonish and I reckon this Galaxie would look pretty schmick. Itís been painted in a gorgeous Dodge Viper blue and youíve got 390 cubic inches of righteous attitude underfoot. The interiorís said to be in good shape although Iíd be looking to swap out the SunPro gauges and wooden steering wheel for something more authentically gritty. Wind the execution back just a couple of notches and this oneíll come very good.

1959 CADILLAC ELDORADO SEVILLE

UNCLE PHILíS Top Pick OF THE MONTH

$125,000

LARGE AND IN CHARGE

ITíS CALLED PERSIAN SAND, in case you were wondering, and itís the best colour for the best fin car ever built, the Ď59 Caddy Eldorado.

So youíre pretty much looking at the absolute acme of 1950s jet-age vehicle design. Suddenly that $125k asking price doesnít seem at all unreasonable. This is an original matching numbers car, powered by the lovely tri-power 390 V8 that develops 345hp about as effortlessly as Dean Martin would order a whiskey sour.

The front bench looks as if it would cover three separate time zones but if you want to make a hell of an entrance, itís hard to think of much thatíll top this.

2015 CHRYSLER 300C CINDERELLA

$99,000

YOU WILL GO TO THE BALL in this Chrysler limo! Whether youíll get out without a paper bag over your head depends on your take on this sort of thing. This velour-lined contrivance comes with a TV, DVD, special ambient lighting system and a bar, although nine-year old girls getting utterly gazeboed on Jim Beam would probably see your limo driving ticket pulled before you could say bibbidi-bobbidi-boo.

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