Three wishes

SAM NEWMAN

FOOTY HALL OF FAMER AND TV HOST SAM NEWMAN’S LOVE OF CARS IS WELL DOCUMENTED, BUT WHICH THREE REPRESENT HIS PERSONAL BEST AND FAIREST?

TOP THREE

1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62

“It’s got power steering, power windows, power electric hood and cruise control. I always wanted one, and finally bought a mint car from, would you believe, Freddy Krueger in Mount Gambier,” Newman says. “I love driving it. It’s still amazing that GM built a two-door, 20ft car for the general public.”

1969 MUSTANG BOSS 429

Peak Mustang? You’re not going to hear too many arguments against this pick. The 7.0-litre V8 ’Stang is another car the ex-Geelong ruckman owns, in his case a Royal Maroon over black coupe. “It’s still probably the most collectible muscle car in America,” he says of the big-block Boss.

1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE COUPE

“It’s still the most impressive-looking car on the road,” Newman says. “If Enzo Ferrari can say they were the most beautifullooking car in the world when they first came out, that’s good enough for me.” Only 11 of the original run of 1961 3.8-litre FHC ‘flat floors’ exist, with just four built in RHD.