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SUZUKI SWIFT GTI Future classics like the Suzie needn't cost a bomb. Late 80s hot hatches are increasingly popular. The 1989 Swift GTI was bigger and better built than its predecessor and its 74kW 1.3-litre unit with 5-speed manual loved to rev. The interior was sparse and donít expect ABS or airbags. Ride quality was not plush but it scooted through bends like a go kart thanks in part to its short wheelbase. Avoid the many that have been raced or rallied. Find an unmodded one and enjoy plenty of cheap thrills. Prices start as low as $2500 and can only go one way from here.

1982 PORSCHE 930 TURBO

$190,000 SHANNONS, LOT 51

WE ALL KNOW the 911 is the cornerstone of Porsche and the 930 Turbo was the embodiment of the model when launched. A genuine supercar, this gleaming white example has been mechanically refurbished to the tune of $50,000 over the past four years. Offered with no reserve and with service books it was no wonder the bidding was keen to grab an iconic 80s supercar.

1936 1936 TERRAPLANE HUDSON

PASSED IN SHANNONS, LOT 59

GUIDO FELL IN love with this artdeco delight, his heart racing with the thought of taking it home. This stunning Hudson Terraplane Business Coupe had a frame-off resto in the US costing $68,000. The two-tone blue paint and tan leather trim are in excellent order and this very rare car, still in LH-drive, goes as good as it looks. With suicide doors, a genuine wooden dashboard, whitewall tyres, it's powered by a 212ci six hooked to a three-speed manual transmission. Youíre unlikely to park next to another one unless at a club day.

1999 HONDA INTEGRA VTI-R COUPE

$9000 SHANNONS, LOT 6

A DC2 INTEGRA recently sold in the states for an eye-popping AUD$88,000 and while this one isnít the fabled sport model, the VTi/R is still sporty enough and a fun thing to punt. Youíll be hard pressed to find better than this one-owner, always garaged example, with 110,000kms on the clock and full history. Grand Prix white paintwork is complemented with grey cloth interior and it has a glass sunroof. The original Honda alloys come with the car. It truly is a great collection starter.

1959 VOLKSWAGEN KOMBI 23-WINDOW

$252,000 MECUM, LOT F163

KOMBIS HAVE gone nuts and not just in Australia. This 1959 23-window bus sold for a whopping US$181,500. Rare for the states, this is a right hooker that was delivered to South Africa before heading for Trump Island. Mind you it has had a two-year rotisserie restoration with receipts. To provide a bit of grunt it has a 160hp motor in its bum and disc brakes.

1982 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL CONVERTIBLE

$41,000 SHANNONS, LOT 79

THE 107-SERIES two-door is becoming a collectors' favourite. At today's prices they are a bargain that wonít last. This Aussie delivered 380SL was sold new by York Motors in Sydney. The chrome wheel arch trims set off the red coachwork superbly and for rainy days it comes with a matching hardtop. What a brilliant weekend cruiser and bargain-basement buy.

1962 CITROňN 2CV SAHARA

BONHAMS LES GRANDES MARQUES DU MONDE AU GRAND PALAIS ESTIMATE: AU$130,000-$170,000

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ONE OF the most interesting 2CV Citroens has to be the Sahara; a twinengined model produced from 1960 to 1968. It is actually a four-wheel drive with one engine for the front wheels and the other for the rear wheels. Each engine operates independently and its two gearboxes operate simultaneously from one gear lever. Twin fuel tanks are mounted under the front seats with the spare wheel bolted to the bonnet. That is the easiest way to spot one. Only 694 were made and they were double the price of the conventional (?!) 2CV. It is believed only a handful of runners are left.

1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA

$305,500 MECUM, LOT S145

LOVE A BIT of 'Cuda muscle and this pearler

has undergone a full rotisserie restoration to

Concours standard. It is listed in the

Chrysler Registry and is powered by a brawny

426/425hp Hemi with 4-barrel carbs and

727 auto transmission. It also has the shaker

bonnet package. Inside are a full spread of

adjustable driverís chair. Outside it wears rare

Elastomeric front and rear bumpers and is

finished in Rallye Red.

1971 ALFA GTV COUPE ROMEO 1750

$36,000 SHANONS LOT 49

YES PLEASE. I adore these Alfas which I reckon is close to their best work of all time. This 1971 model has a two-litre GTV engine and rides on genuine Momo Vega wheels. The 1971 model have a tow-litre GTV enging driving experience matchs its looks and this one has been with the one owner for the past decade. A bit of fettling has gone on over the years and it has been repainted. Prices for these Alfas have increased as enthusiasts recognise what delights they are.

1999 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO VT ROADSTER

$251,500 MECUM, LOT S183.1

ANGULAR SAINT Aígata special. Before the Lambo pen twirlers discovered flowing lines again after the delicious Miura, they penned the Diablo. Drawn with a straight edge. But it has a lusty 5.7-litre V12 behind the driverís head and this one with a five-speed manual. To keep you as cool as the Diablo, air-con is fitted along with a CD player. Cue Miami Vice soundtrack.

1969 HOLDEN KINGSWOOD HT

$37,994 GRAYS ONLINE

FROM THE Gilbert collection, this 1969 Holden HT Kingswood 1865, finished in a period red and white roof combo, boasted the 1985 inline-six enginge. The gem is in running condition and is loaded with a swag of factory options including bucket seats V8 brake booster and dealer-optioned GTS hub caps. It has travelled a mere 59,034 miles and included comprehensive documentation and maintenance history.