BARGAIN BUY

CENTURA LOVE

Jason Kelly

Once again I have been spurred on by Torrens buying yet another bargain. Guido too, actually. Thatís a lot of car for the money, Guy, and would have been a great interstate hauler on the way home. (John is referring to the Soarer we picked up in Brisbane Ė Ed.)

I have a real soft spot for the VC Commodore that Glenn has just bought and also the VH SL/E, which is a real favourite.

Anyway not to be outdone I have included a pic of my latest purchase for the princely sum of $1500. Yep thatís right. A VT series 2 Calais with a LS1 and full leather! It has four months of rego and VE SS alloys.

We repaired the small power steering cooler line which had a small leak and gave it a polish and away we go.

Is this a future classic, maybe? Maybe not, but for $1500 who cares?

Dave Morley might remember me as I sent him a email a few months ago about our VN SS ownership.

Anyway boys keep up the good work and living the dream.

Jason Kelly

CENTURA LOVE

I would like to comment on your article regarding Chryslerís much underrated Centura. History records that it was late to market due to union embargoes on anything imported from France, but when it did arrive it was received with rave reviews from the press.

It offered much more interior room, boot space and power than either the LH Torana or TC Cortina. Build quality issues plagued it, much the same problems as Ford had with the Cortina. The Torana went on to give both the Centura and Cortina a flogging on the sales charts.

I remember in the early 1980s the wife and I were in the market for a car and we bought a Centura. It was a four-speed 4.0lt hemi six and the acceleration was frigging phenomenal! Great fuel economy as well.

Just a couple of quick points. Regarding your article about that lovely VK Valiant Ranger, the Regal 770 was done and dusted with the VH Valiant and the Valiant Hardtop died with the VJ. Oh, and your page 24 mystery? I am calling an XB Falcon Hardtop.

Cheers, love your magazine.

CLASSIC CHECK

In response to Glen Torrensí article in issue 417 about safety checks, Iíd like to say Iím all for them.

I live in NSW and just had a safety check done on my 1967 Mustang as a requirement for registration. While itís at the mechanics I get him to do its once a year service. Grease and oil change, spanner check and general health inspection.

He fixed several issues I might not have noticed.

It cost me a grand, but to me a full inspection like this once a year gives me confidence that my girl will look after me for another year without anything failing or falling off.

Other owners of classic cars may think theyíre great mechanics, and maybe some are, but Iíll bet there is a vast range of talent among those amateur spanner twirlers.

Iím happy to know that in NSW at least all the other old bangers around me when Iím out for a cruise on the weekend, have at least had a safety check to make sure theyíre in working order.

Chris Percival

CLASSIC CHECK 2

I read with interest Glennís thoughts re unroadworthy historical plated vehicles. I am particularly interested as I currently have three such vehicles.

Should it not be the responsibility of the individual club appointed scrutineers to make sure all vehicles registered by their club members are not only being used according to the conditions but are also roadworthy? If it fails to accept this responsibility the club should they be stripped of its authority.

In this dollar-driven world the last thing we need is to have to go public and get ripped off by the opportunists waiting to take advantage of us genuine car lovers.

Gary Shaw

TORRENS: Most - if not all - clubbies are volunteers with jobs, families and their own cars to look after so to expect him or her to inspect dozens or hundreds of membersí cars is blatantly unfair and a sticky legal problem if something does go wrong. As Iíve outlined, many people (even many enthusiasts) canít even identify bald tyres, so an independent inspection of our older and generally higher-kay cars is a must and not too expensive in my opinion.

ďIS IT A FUTURE CLASSIC? FOR $1500 WHO CARES?Ē

OOPS

In Unique Cars 417, the article Family Values, the caption for the photo on page 65 ironically states, ĎDistinctive front sheet metal styling provided strong model differentiation for the Premierí... Well, itís wearing a Statesman nosecone. Duh!

Phil Minns

ED: Bugger...must get new glasses...