What appealed to me was the combination and history of the car. Itís never been messed with. Itís had an external paint job only and I still keep in contact with the original owner. There have been four owners.
Itís all matching numbers, manual and factory-fitted with the Globe wheels, white with black cloth inserts, plus dealer-fitted large tank and stereo.
The first owner worked at (dealership) Courtney Patterson. His old man ordered a Phase III brand new and he got this brand new and drove it every day. The condition belies the mileage Ė itís done 280,000km. So it was really well looked after.
Weíre only custodians of these cars and this proves that itís not necessarily the mileage that kills them, but how theyíre looked after. Itís a credit to Paul, the original owner.
I picked it up in 2004. Out of all the cars Iíve had, this is the one Iíve hung on to longest. I like this one. Even when it has been sold in the past, it has never been publicly advertised Ė itís always changed hands through word-of-mouth, through club networks and so-on.
Itís great to drive. I did a little to the motor in it, basically original Ė just a little bit of a cam in it. Itís still tight, drives well and, being manual, itís a bit more fun. The air-con works well and itís really good on the highway.
XBs probably donít get the attention they deserve Ė they seem to be on the tail-end of popularity and value. Every car costs the same to restore, so finding a good one can be hard. A lot of them rusted out.
Thatís why, when this became available, I jumped on it. Itís got all the paperwork and books from new. The original owner came around just before Christmas and almost shed a tear, but heís happy that itís in good hands.