CHEVROLET CORVETTE + FIAT WAGON - The cars that got away

By: Cliff Chambers

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The cars we should have bought or are just glad we didn’t...

Corvette -roadster

1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427 - April 1987

In today’s blossoming market for older Corvettes it remains possible to buy a functioning C2 version for around $45,000. However it won’t be pretty and unlikely to have the 7.0-litre engine or fry-your-ankles side pipes. It certainly won’t come with a trophy confirming its place among the better examples to have escaped from the Ewe-Ess-of-Ay. Where this outstanding ’Vette went after 1987 we may never discover, however it quite likely did extend its haul of awards and deliver a significant return on investment to the astute buyer. 

Then - $45,000, Now - $115-130,000

Fiat -wagon

Fiat 1100D Wagon - June 2003

Hands up anybody who has never seen one of these. Lots of you. The 1100 was the last Fiat-built station wagon sold in Australia until the 1970s and even as new cars they weren’t a common sight. Just how many were sold here is unknown and finding survivors is futile. One seems to have been sold locally several years ago but that was all the evidence available of continued existence. Looking overseas for survivors brought no result either; just confirmation that these useful little Fiats seem to exist only in photographs and former owners’ fond memories. Is this one still around?

Then - $4,500, Now - $6,500-8,500

(Unique Cars #396)

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