UNCLE PHIL’S PICKS

UNCLE PHIL TOURS THE GLOBE LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO FILL HIS SHED. HERE’S HIS LATEST SELECTION OF THE GOOD, THE BOLD, THE CHALLENGING AND THE BARGAINS – ALL FROM TRADEUNIQUECARS.COM.AU

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1966 C2 CORVETTE 427 $155,000

BIG BLOCK KING AND IT’S A LOCAL. THESE THINGS HAVE GONE bananas in the states and with prices going through the roof and it’s only a matter of time before it happens here. To get your hands on this one with matching numbers, history and original engine, gearbox and rear and just just 72,000 original miles showing on the clock you’ll wanna be quick. But you’ll also want to enjoy kicking a clutch pedal as it has a four slot box behind the seven-litre 427 that also makes it easier to leave your mark on the road. Since it arrived on our shores two years ago it’s claimed to have had a good going over with many updated and original parts, so a sunny Sunday blast in this head-turner, shouldn’t leave you stranded.

1976 FORD FAIRMONT XB GS $30,000

THIS ONE LOOKS THE GOODS. These were a lovely thing to drive back in the day and if the budget couldn’t stretch to a GT, the GS Fairmant was the next best thing. The Mulberry paintwork makes it stand out. Under the bonnet is the 250 six which had a good deal of poke for a family runabout. Finding an unmolested and unrestored XB GS isn’t easy. It’s claimed to have had the one lady driver for the past 15 years and has only clocked over 1732,350 kilomteres. Maybe an ideal start to a collection or a resto project?

2007 HOLDEN VE SS $20,999 COMMODORE ‘BROCK RETRO’

GIVEN THE WAY the price of any high-end Commodore that Peter Brock and his HDT mob got within a country mile of keeps shooting up in value, with no end in sight, tribute and retros were bound to start popping up. While most are pre ’87 Commodores, before the polariser dissolved relations with Brock and the General, some have added the Brock theme to more modern iron lions. This means they make for a sweet daily driver.

1985 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL $32,700

POTENTIALLY A BARGAIN. These Grand Nationals have developed a huge cult following over the years in their homeland and good examples are attracting huge bucks. Seriously. There’s not much I find grand about it but you can’t argue with sales results. A turbo V6 ensures it should have a decent amount of shove. That Buick chose George Thorogood’s Bad to the Bone as the theme for the Grand National’s ad campaign says it all. This one needs some finishing off, so check it properly.

1975 TORANA LH SL/R 5000 $89,000

EVERYONE WAS VERY SAD when the General announced the end of the GTR XU-1. But the SL/R 5000 proved to be a worthy successor and gave Brocky his first touring car title. The LH Torana was a bigger car than its predecessor – true family truckster that also gave you plenty of bang for your buck. Jamaican Lime wasn’t a common colour and looks very ’70s, which it is. Like the XU-1 before it and the A9X after, the SL/R 5000 and its racing cousin the L34 are in huge demand and a good example at the right price should be a safe enough place to park your money.

MK1 AUSTIN HEALEY $30,000 BUG EYE SPRITE

I USED TO HAVE ONE PARKED in my shed and you know what, I wish I still had it. Seeing this bug eye gem brought back many fond memories of Sunday drives in the country side and along the coast roads with the roof down in the hotter months. Its 1100cc engine had a big heart and as it weighed as much as a paper clip. This one is also in the most appropriate period colour – British Racing Green.

1995 MERCEDES-BENZ $29,990 S500 W140

YOU COULD BUY A HOUSE FOR THE price of this when it was new – and have change. When launched they were a technology, safety and luxo tour de force. The five-litre V8 behind the three-pointed star on the grille ensured it could hustle well in a straight line and, being a Benz, it also knew a thing or two about cornering. Its age is evidenced by the cassette player, remember them? It also has a 10-stack CD and an interior full of timber and leather.

1955 BUICK SUPER $35,000

THIS IS RARE. No, not the car so much as having two Buicks in my monthly picks. But I have gotta admit I do have a soft spot for 1950s Amercan hardtops like this Super. The two-tone paintwork looks fabulous and opening the pillarless doors reveals matching two-tone interior, that is said to be all new. This one claims a 322ci nailhead engine bolted to a dynaflow auto trans, as well as power brakes and power steer, to make light work of a drive to a diner.

Get it checked

BEFORE HANDING OVER YOUR HARD EARNED $$$ please ensure you have any potential purchase inspected, as a tight travel budget and a lack of psychic powers mean we cannot vouch for the individual cars we highlight.