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1974 FORD FALCON XB

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1974 FORD FALCON XB

$97,800

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THE FALCON Superbird was a spectacular success for Henryís boys at Broadmeadows. Bathurst wins and a new showroom hero. On the track the Superbird was initially up against the Torana GTR XU-1 then the L34 and A9X V8s. One of the most popular privateers was Murray Carter who has had more race starts than I have had CornFlakes. Murray was a Ford man through and through with his XW and XY GT-HOs and was one of the first into a Superbird with his XA. But it is his Brian Wood Ford backed XB with Deep Purple (no joke) paintwork and bright yellow wheels he is best remembered for. And this is the showcar to match. Itís far more than stickers and fat tyres with a 4V 351 Cleveland under the bonnet, a toploader gearbox and LSD. Bargain buying given its claimed provenance.

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1967 PONTIAC GTO

$45,000

IS THIS the forgotten American muscle car? Look at its vital ingredients, two-door body, 400ci V8 bolted to a manual gearbox and this one has unusual but eye-catching blue/green paintwork. Over the years it has received a deal of fettling and given its original and tidy condition, plenty of TLC. In an attempt to make it a joyful thing to steer the current owner has fitted a new Edelbrock manifold and 450 Holley carburettor, a new exhaust, shocks and sports steering wheel. Hopefully all you have to do is stump up the cash and drive.

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1984 MAZDA RX7 III

$27,900

ONCE THE pin-up car of the 80s and now highly collectible, the RX7 was always a sweet ride and bloody quick in its day and the Mk III was the best of all for its ride, handling and refinement. Given this one is claimed to be a factory turbo itís the quickest critter of the litter and one that didnít come here as a factory model. It looks to be well kept, original, unmolested and tidy. Best of all itís not decorated with ridiculous big wings and things. A grey import sure, but it comes with all Japanese export certificates and log books.

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1997 BMW Z3

$12,700

NOW THAT Spring has sprung thereís no better time to enjoy some open top roadstering Euro style. The baby Beemer rag top is an absolute gem and one that is often overlooked or forgotten about. The Z3 is loads of fun to drive and its spritely performance lets you scoot along at a decent clip. Showing its age, it has a cassette player Ė who remembers them? Itís had a fresh set of tyres thrown at it and the clutch and suspension have been uprated. The manually operated soft top is easy to use and the back window can be zipped out for extra ventilation.

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1980 FORD FALCON XD

$17,500

THIS IS ONE rare species and at the price, a bargain. In its nose is a 351 with an autobox bolted to it for laid back motoring, but still quick enough to get your attention when you stomp on it. A 351ís natural habitat, is the petrol station but as this one is fitted with dual fuel you will be able to bypass many of them. Mileage is about right for its age and it looks like a good tidy jigger and has matching numbers. Youíll be the king of the Bunnings car park in this one.

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1966 SHELBY GT350H

$215,000

FOR ALMOST 20 years I had a Shelby Hertz Mustang in the shed and it was brilliant to to drive. Back in the day the Shelby Hertz Mustang was promoted as a Rent-A-Racer and I reckon many young blokes learnt the art of Ďdrivingí behind the wheel of one. Only 999 of of the 1001 produced were delivered to Hertz in 1966. Today, these extremely rare cars are worth plenty. This one was delivered to Hertz in Dayton, Ohio on 18 February 1966 and is number 999 of the 999 delivered that year. Itís also one of 48 in the red and gold colour scheme. It came to Australia in 2012 and is said to be one of twelve red/gold cars left in existence. It also claims to be unrestored, with matching numbers.

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1956 CADILLAC COUPE DEVILLE

$65,000

WHEN I SEE one of these I think of Happy Days, the Fonz, Richie and Potsie hanging out at Alís Diner. The styling of most American 50s cars was fabulous as evidenced by the pillarless look of this Caddy. This one has been extensively freshened with a new 365ci engine, Hydramatic autobox, dual exhausts and the brakes, suspension and steering have all been overhauled. Its full of luxuries like power seats and windows putting it ahead of its time. It has also undergone a repaint, re-upholstery and been re-carpeted. So it looks and should drive like a new one. To be honest itís probably better.

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1975 MERCEDES-BENZ 450 SLC

$22,950

THIS MODEL was the most expensive Benz in the land and rightly sat at the top of the three-pointed star range. Sure the S-class was the diplomat and tycoon carrier, but the SLC was the one everyone wanted to drive, or at least be seen in. Little known fact is that the SLC had a brief and successful career as a rally and race car. With a 4.5-litre V8 in its nose the 450 SLC was no slouch. Sure it could easily waft along but plant the right foot and it would light up the rear tyres in a most un-Benz like way. Thistle green was a popular colour choice as was cream for the interior. This one has a sunroof for blue sky motoring and seems a tidy example and frankly is a lot of car for little coin.

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