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Iíve had the car about three years, and itís basically my dream car. I wanted a newer M5 originally, but when I started looking I just couldnít go past this. A newer one just wouldnít be the same. The car itself is pretty plain Ė suspension, the interior, everything is all pretty normal Ė the big piece is the engine. The induction noise, the way it pulls, itís not like turbos these days. Itís a really old engine this, one of the last times they used it. Itís an S38B36, which was originally developed as an M88 for BMWís M1 supercar, but then they changed it and put it in the M5, the M6 and something else which I canít remember. The sound they produce is amazing, theyíve got rasp and theyíve got bass.

Anyone who doesnít like the sound of an M3 should hear this. Iíve been really lazy, Iíve got so many things on it I need to fix. Iíve still got a door seal from ages ago that I need to put on it. Iíve only really fixed things as they break. When I got it, there was a major miss. It turned out to be a combination of

five different things. So Iíve replaced all nine sensors that have anything to do with the combustion. The whole ignition too, all the filters and fluids... the fan and a little bit of cooling work, which is surprisingly good for a Beemer. More importantly, itís now got coilovers because the factory suspension was tragic and it was shot. We didnít realise how bad it was until we pulled it out. All four corners were leaking, which explained why it wasnít nice to drive. Thatís transformed it, itís a totally different car now. It still understeers, you still have to really lean on the front to turn in, but itís stable now. You can throw it around a corner more easily without it just spinning out like it used to. The tyres also might have had something to do with that, but theyíre new now too.

Iíve had a few track days in it, it kept up with an XR6 Turbo but Iím not sure on how itíd go now. Trying to keep up with a Lotus Exige was some of the most fun Iíve had in it, although a mate of mine managed to overtake it in his 1-Series. I just held on for life. But when the M5 goes and you know how to drive it, it handles really well despite being about 1800kg. Iíd be lucky to have one person recognise what it is every 1000 kays or so.

Even at meets people walk right by it. Last week people were walking right past it to a brand new M4, but itís okay because when someone does see it they just lose their minds. I think thatís because you rarely see them on the road. My sources vary but supposedly there were only 88 ever bought to Australia.

It was the first M car sent here and the last hand-built M car, which makes it pretty special. All the upholstery has little flaws in it kind of like a Ferrari... okay, not really. But it is special to me.

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IĎve had this car almost 18 months now, I bought it from a guy in South Australia. Iíve had a bunch of old cars. My dad buys and sells old cars for a living, but Iíve always wanted a Continental. I was looking at importing one from the States. I was pretty open as far as criteria but I just wanted a Ď61-í64 Continental; hard-top or soft-top didnt really matter.

I thought I could only afford a hard-top to be honest. Black was the preference for colour, but I was happy to settle for another. I had a Ď48 Chev at the time, which I was going to sell to buy a Lincoln. But this came up advertised in South Australia. As soon as I saw it I knew it was exactly what I wanted, being triple black and a convertible. It was my ideal year, too. So I rang the guy up and bought it over the phone.

I had someone look at it for me, but I knew it was what I wanted and the guy was a pretty good guy. He seemed honest. When the car got here I saw that it was everything I expected. This has a 7-litre 430 cubic inch big block Ford motor, or an MEL 430. Itís the factory engine and pretty much everything else under the bonnet is factory. It has a few reliability changes, the distributor is electronic and the radiator has been upgraded but everything else is as it

was. The paint is pretty much original too, some parts have been redone but itís never been fully restored, which I kind of like about it. Itís a pretty honest car, all underneath is tidy and rust-free, these are really hard to find in that sort of condition. Mostly itís a survivor car I guess.

These things were presidential cars back in the day, so JFK was shot in a stretch version of this car, but he also rode around in Continentals during other engagements. For their day, they were top-of-the-line.

Power steering, power brakes, electric windows all around, electric seats, even electric quarter windows, central locking. For a car built in Ď63 its got everything you could possibly think of.

This particular car had the unique thing, being a convertible it had all the top of the line options, but this one wasnít delivered new to a dealer. It has a plate which is what they call a DSO, which shows it was either a Ford Executive car from new, or a U.S Government car. The plant they built these in was in Wixom (Michigan), but they had a fire which destroyed all the records. So thereís no way of chasing who got the car new. I do know a little bit about the carís history. Aside from that, it was in Utah for a long time and it has Utah plates, so it was registered there. Itís pretty rare to see a car like this from Utah that hasnt been driven on the salt flats out there. Iíve also got a newspaper clipping that shows the car was repossessed then sold at an auction in the Ď70s.

I found that out by Googling the VIN number. But in recent history it was pulled out of a barn in Utah in 2011 and shipped to South Australia, and someone spent a lot of money on it. Thereís one guy in the world who specialises in Lincoln Convertibles, and travels all over the U.S in his motor home. His nameís John Cashman, and heís really well known in the Lincoln scene.

Thereís a receipt for his work on this car totalling eight or so thousand dollars. Iíve had cars from Texas and California that have been less tidy than this one.

In Ď63 they made about 3000 of these in Convertible, and around 30,000 hard tops.

In Australia, Iím only aware of around five or six of these, so youíre not going to pull up at a car show and see two of these. Since Iíve bought this Iíve been offered substantial amounts for it, but I looked long and hard for it and I plan on keeping it. Iíve even just spent a fair chunk of money ordering some new suspension from the States. Itís going to be bagged all around. Itís going to be bad-ass when itís done.

Thereís plenty of cars Iíd like to own, donít get me wrong, but I just canít bring myself to part with this one.

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