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WHEN WAS the last time you saw one of these? Iím guessing for most the answer is never. What youíre looking at here started life as a top-of-the-range Ford Fairlane that was then sent to Tickford Vehicle Engineering. The boys at Tickford then set about fettling and beefing up the luxo-cruiser, turning the knob up to eleven and, in doing so, transforming the Fairlane into a luxo-bruiser! They called it the TL50 and just 58 were built, making this a very rare car indeed. Slotted under the bonnet is the venerable 4.9lt Windsor donk, which pushes out a meaty 200kW and 420Nm of torque. I reckon this thing would be perfect for interstate cruiser duties; plenty of luxury, plenty of shove and a package rare enough to justify the price tag to the missus.
IF A PORSCHE 911 is the definitive sports car for the track, and a Rolls Royce is the absolute benchmark of luxury, whatís the perfect car for driving to and from the beach in? I reckon it has to be this ace looking Moke. According to the seller, its got a fresh 1375cc four-pot engine with a performance cam and sports exhaust. Itís also had new suspension fitted, so youíd probably be able to annoy some pretty fast cars on the back streets of the Gold Coast, the natural stomping ground of any topless Moke.
BOY DO THESE old Benz still look great. To my eyes I reckon theyíve aged better than just about any other car on the planet, the older they get, the more I want one. This 450SL looks like an absolute pearler and it ticks all the boxes a discerning collector (car tragic) would be looking for: Australian delivered, full service history from new and full documentation and books. Whatís more, judging from the photos this SL appears to be in great condition both inside and out, and theyíve surely got to be a sound investment for the future.
LOOK, I KNOW, itís not everyoneís favourite CorvetteÖ Actually for some itís the worst one Chevy ever built. But the C3 is a good car, and theyíve aged well, and theyíre still floating around for prices that that seem vaguely reasonable. This one really looks the part and it should because, according to the seller, itís just had a full respray. Itís also got the three-speed auto, power brakes, leather interior, air conditioning and power mirrors, which all equate to a car conducive for doing nothing but cruising, and Iím more than okay with that.
I REALLY DO love a good old Yank tank, preferably with lots of chrome, a big thumping V8 and the proportions of a one-bedroom apartment. These Impalas are also quite a rarity down under, and if you wanted to stand out from the crowd, I donít think there are many better cars. This one has got a rebuilt 350 in its snout and the seller also adds that the body is super straight and the paint is exceptional. You know that expression Ďa lot of car for the moneyí? Well that adage is quite literally true of the Chev.
NOW HEREíS something a bit different, and Iím not talking about the car, Iím talking about the running gear that lies beneath. Let me clarify. The VW 1600 Type 3 has always been a cool car in my book, but powerful it was not, actually I think Iíve been in faster horse-drawn carriages. The owner of this Type 3 obviously felt the same way, because gone is the factory 1.5-litre powerplant from the notchback flanks, and in its place lies a Subaru boxer engine and a Subaru gearbox. The owner reckons this new-found shove has revitalised the old girl, and I tell you what, Iíd love to have a steer of it.
AS SOME OF you may know, Iíve got a bit of a penchant for large, Germanic saloon cars.
Actually I think Iíve owned more than half a dozen now, so itís entirely possible I may have a bit of a problem. Anyway, this lovely E28 520i genuinely looks like itís just rolled off the production line in Germany, and itís only got 44,123 kilometres on the clock from new! Thatís less than 1300km a year! Itís also a one-owner vehicle and I donít think itíd take much to have this show ready. What a car.
WHAT DO YOU think; is the best car film of the last two decades? Is it The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift? Or maybe you think its Ronin? What about The Italian Job? Nah, I reckon hands down it has to be Gone in 60 Seconds, it had everything; Angelina Jolie, a plethora of uber desirable muscle and super carsÖand Angelina Jolie. Seriously though, while there may have been a multitude of awesome metal in this film, the hero car for the entire movie undoubtedly had to be the Shelby GT500, or as it was known in the film, Eleanor. Well, you can now buy a replica Eleanor, and I want it, badly.