UNCLE PHIL’S choice PICKS

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PHIL WALKER

2002 HOLDEN COMMODORE SS $14,500

SEVENTEEN YEARS YOUNG

Top Pick

THE VX SS Commodore was one of the General’s more popular models and there aren’t too many survivors that haven’t either copped a thrashing, or have disintegrated due to said thrashing. Finding a good clean and well loved one is something of a rarity. This one has travelled just 129,000 since it rolled out of the General’s Elizabeth plant and seems lovingly looked after by a Commodore enthusiast. The colour combo of a red exterior and a mixture of red and black cloth inside was one of the most sought after when the VX SS was new. This one also claims a complete service history that is a rare commodity for a car of this vintage. Under the bonnet, the V8 has been tweaked to give it the grunt of a VY Club Sport, potentially making it a fast and flash family hauler.

1976 HOLDEN KINGSWOOD HX KINGSWOOD 50TH ANNIVERSARY

$29,800

YOU GOTTA LOVE it when a car becomes a family heirloom and is passed down through generations. This Anniversary Gold and Persian Sand 50th anniversary Kingswood was bought in November 1976. It sports Premier hubcaps, bucket seats, carpet on the floors, a T-Bar controlling the Trimatic autobox bolted to a 202ci straight six. It claims only 153,700 kilometres and wears its original rego plates. The seller offers a complete history. Potentially a great collector car.

1974 HOLDEN TORANA LH SL/R 5000 REPLICA

$54,000

WHEN NEW the SL/R 5000 was a fair weapon, built primarily to tackle Mt Panorama in early October. Today prices are off the scale and good replicas like this one are also increasing in value. This one claims a full resto in 2018 and the interior was professionally retrimmed. The bumpers, door and window rubbers are also new. It has a new and original steering wheel and the 308 has been given a bit of a tickle up. Throw a set of genuine wheels at it to embellish the tribute to a great Aussie car.

1994 MG RV8

$42,000

BEFORE THE Chinese got their mitts on the MG brand and revitalised it, Britain was where they were made and I reckon quality control was a bit hit and miss. This claims to be one of only 258 RV8s in Oxford Blue. Its Rover 3.9-litre V8 engine is bolted to a five-speed manual box to keep you on your toes when behind the wheel. Since new it has done just 21,550 kilometres. It was delivered new to Japan and its manuals are translated to English. It first showed its face here in 2010 and complies with our regs. If you’ve wanted an MG but something more modern that a ‘B’, this is worth a squiz.

1989 TOYOTA MR2 W2

$15,900

WHAT ELSE can you buy for under 20 grand that has a mid-mounted engine with a bit of zip and style? We featured the Toyota MR2 in a recent block party as an up and comer and though still very affordable, I have a feeling that they could well climb in value in years to come. This one appears to be very clean and retains its original trim and the red paintwork makes it more appealing. Being a Toyota it should be cheap to run and as reliable as a Swiss watch. So if you want a bit of mid-engined fun that is always up for a thrash on a winding road, please consider.

1967 MERCURY COUGAR

$38,500

DUE TO THE popularity of the Mustang, the poor old Mercury hardly got a look in. Which is a shame as I really rate them as a genuine muscle car with plenty of oomph and, thanks to its looks, a good deal of flamboyance. This Sage Gold coupe with contrasting black interior has a 289 V8 in its nose. The pop-up headlights sure gave the Mercury Cougar a point of difference and its own distinctive style within Henry’s muscle car stable and this one seems like a pretty good example and would make a great talking point in any collection.

1998 PORSCHE BOXSTER

$22,500

YES. I HAVE to ’fess up to having parked a couple of these rear-engined Porsches in my shed over the years and recently and reluctantly moved one on, only to be replaced with a more up to date model. The Boxster is an excellent way of getting into the Porsche brand without breaking the bank but don’t think for a moment they are a soft option. The Boxster can hold its own with the best of them and this one has the right number of pedals – three. It seems to be well cared for with a rare paint colour, history and delivery papers.

1980 VC COMMODORE WAGON PROJECT

$10,000

WANT A PROJECT? Old Aussie wagons are a hot item these days and this one owner VC Commodore claims a full dash, factory air and dual exhausts. It seems like a cheap way of getting started especially as much of the hard work and expense is said to have already been undertaken. It has a 253 V8 and auto in it at present, and you could easily upgrade the spec. The looks suggest it could easily be brought back to its original glory.