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Mick Wasson 1959 DE SOTO FIRESWEEP

IT WAS A THE PRICE OF A HOUSE WHEN NEW

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Mick’s old V8 has been with him for 33 years. “The original owner rang the Chrysler Restorers Club and said he had an old car he wanted to get rid of. It’s not the sort of thing you can take to a dealership,” he explains. was camped in a garage with possums over the top of it. The hubcaps weren’t on it.

“I ended up going back and negotiating with him. When I picked it up, I took him the money then drove him to the RTA so he could hand in his licence. For him, it was the end of an era. He was 70 and was the oldest 70-year-old I’d ever met. Here I am at 81 still driving his car!

“I said to him that he must have been rich to be able to afford that car. He said no, he worked for the PMG and on ordinary wages. He had 900 pounds in his pocket and was going to buy a new Ford Zephyr. But a mate told him to go and have a look at Harden & Johnston in William Street. He put his 900 quid down as a deposit, because it cost 3600 pounds (almost the price of a house)! That’s why you don’t see many of them out there.

“I said pity you haven’t got the hubcaps. They were hidden in the house, still in brown paper bags – they’d never been on the car because he was frightened of losing them.”

Mick’s car is largely original, including the interior and 361 V8. He did brighten up the exterior, which was plain grey. The handling and braking also needed attention. “It was on crossplies and the original drums – you needed to make an appointment to get it to stop,” he quips. A set of Dodge Phoenix front discs bolted in easily.

He is not afraid of taking the car on adventures, having taken it on numerous long trips from its home base in Sydney, including a jaunt to Perth.

Peter Croucher 2004 CROSSFIRE

RARE BENZ-CHRYSLER COLLABORATION

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You won’t see one of these every day and owner Peter says he’s often pulled up for a chat, when he’s out with his Chrysler Crossfire. He’s a regular at Brisbane coffee and cars events.

A collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler, it sold in tiny numbers. Prices were high for the time, starting at around $80,000 by the time you put one on the road. They went higher if you opted for a soft-top or one of the supercharged versions. “I’m just in awe of it,” says Peter, “It’s just a fantastic package.”

The normally-aspirated V6 in this car claims 210 horses and the owner reckons it’s a pretty tidy handling package. He estimates there may be as many as 200-300 of them in the country, though the owners are scattered to the four winds. He wants to set up an owner register/club. Locally there’s nothing, though there’s a good forum in the USA.

If you own one of these rarities, contact Peter at pjcsjc@hotmail.com.

Owners are asking $10-20k depending on model and condition.

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Steve & Lisa Judges 1986 BMW M635

ICONIC GT CAR NEVER SEEMS TO GET OLD

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Both car enthusiasts, the Judges confess to having a mini fleet of BMWs in the shed, with an M2 and 320D in addition to the classic you see here.

“She’s gorgeous, absolutely beautiful. It’s a proper long-legged car,” says Lisa of the M6. Steve adds that they’d known the M6 for a while. It had belonged to his boss, who decided to move it on. “I couldn’t resist,” he confesses.

“It’s a great touring car. One of those cars you can get in and it’s good on the freeway, but when you’re on the backroads it can do what you want it to. It works at both ends of the spectrum.”

The pair got inspired by our preview of the annual Tas Targa Classic Rallye – with a similar early shark snout six series – and decided to give the event a go. By day two they were committed to coming back in 2019.

As for the M6, “We’d have another any day,” says Lisa.

Owners are asking well into the 50s and 60s for good examples.

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