UNCLE PHIL’S PICKS

UNCLE PHIL’S Top Pick OF THE MONTH

PHIL WALKER

OUR CLASSIC CAR WRANGLER IS BURIED IN EXPEDIA AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, PLANNING HIS AUCTION TRIPS TO THE USA & LOOKING TO MUG A FEW GOOD OL’ BOYS WITH HIS LARRIKIN BARGAINING TACTICS. HE’S MADE TIME TO CHOOSE THE PICK OF THE UNIQUE CARS CLASSIFIEDS THOUGH FIND ’EM ALL on tradeuniquecars.com.au, or go straight to the car by SCANNING THE QR CODES

UNCLE PHIL’S Top Pick OF THE MONTH

1965 PONTIAC TEMPEST $35,000 DRAG AND DROP

HAVE YOU BEEN paying attention? Yes, you. If this car doesn’t ring a bell, hand in your Unique Cars man card and don’t let the door hit you on the arse.

Yep, we featured this car quite prominently in issue 372. David Dann owned this car back in the 80s, sold it and then tracked it down, restoring it to its former glory. Once a leading light of the Melbourne drag racing scene, running mid 11s, the Tempest ‘s not quite that angry any longer, but with a 454 under the bonnet, you’ll still need some serious cojones to wring it out. $35k? I can’t think of too many cheaper ways to scare yourself this silly.

1972 HOLDEN MONARO HQ LS

$40,000

FORTY GRAND for an HQ Monaro? Shut up and take my money! Okay, so the LS specification might not get you overly excited but, let’s face it, nobody’s going to buy one of these and restore it to LS spec. Nope, as long as the shell’s straight, this one would likely become another GTS 350 tribute car. This ‘Luxury Sports’ comes with a the baby 253ci bent-eight but was originally supplied with a 308, so it’s not as if you’d be butchering a matching-numbers keeper.

2008 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT R36

$22,950

WE DO LOVE A SLEEPER here at Unique Cars. Usually it’s Editor Guido after four glasses of McGuigans but in this case, we’d be willing to push the budget out a bit further for this Passat R36. All-wheel drive, an atmo 3.6-litre six good for 220kW and a practical wagon body that will glue your dog to the rear window at the flex of your right thong. The all-weather ability of these things has to be seen to be believed and they’ll attract a lot less unwanted attention than a hot Subie.

1977 FORD ESCORT PANEL VAN

$15,000

WHAT A BEAUT! I love Escorts (there’s a pull quote we can always use against him – Ed) and although the RS models are what tend to catch my eye, there’s something about this humble panel van that looks the goods. With simple, rear-wheel drive mechanicals and a 1600 OHC out of a Cortina under the bonnet, this car had a resto in the 1990s and has been owned by the same family for a quarter of a century. Fifteen grand doesn’t seem a big ask for that sort of backstory.

1964 FORD GALAXIE COUNTRY SQUIRE

$25,000

I’LL ADMIT IT. My surfing days are over. In fact, my surfing days were over the second time I got on a surfboard and ran face first into Altona pier. That hurt. But let’s ignore that for a moment and imagine I was in need of something spacious and cool to trundle down to check on the swell of a morning. This Galaxie Country Squire would be pretty high on my priority list. Under that slab of a bonnet is a doughty 289 driving a Ford-O-Matic three-speed. Radical brah, as I think they say.

UNCLE PHIL’S Top Pick OF THE MONTH

1955 DE SOTO FIREDOME GET YOUR JABS UP TO DATE

$45,000

EVERYTHING ABOUT this car just says ‘tetanus hazard’ to me, and I’ve already started chugging hand sanitiser just scrolling through the pictures of this oxidised De Soto. But just because it’s a rat rod doesn’t mean that a lot of care hasn’t gone into the build of this car. The guys behind it clearly knew what they were doing and it sports a fully rebuilt 291Hemi lump and Powerflite tranny, which, with the tunnel, have been lifted 100mm to cope with a slammed ride height. Slam Specialties 7s airbags are fitted front and rear and the vendor claims that it drives perfectly at any height, and gets full lock at any height. My missus would stab me if I brought this home, but I’ve got to respect the imagination here.

1985 NISSAN 300C $7500

WE’RE ALL ADULTS HERE. We can talk frankly without getting all new-age sensitive and the unvarnished truth is that the Nissan 300C was never a very good car. In fact, ask some people and they’ll finger it as a bit of a munter. Thing is, it’s not without its charm and the interior of this is a brilliant piece of petrochemical kitsch. If you can see the appeal, it’d be a really cool thing to smoke around in and it’s probably a good deal more reliable than many icon classics at ten times the price. A car that won’t go’s not a car to me.