Holden Torana + Ford Falcon - The cars that got away

By: Cliff Chambers

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


Holden Torana A9X Hatch - January 1995

Mid-1990s Australia was a tough place for anybody trying to sell cars – new or old. The  ‘classic boom’ of the late-1980s had gone bust and cars in dealer yards and garages gathered dust. Case in point was this presentable A9X Hatch that in the late 1980s would have sold like a hot cake for the advertised $25,000. Six years later and this one languished for months before presumably finding a new owner. Whoever paid $25,000 or maybe less then tucked this gem away for 20 years would be enjoying a tenfold return on investment among their rewards of ownership.

Then - $25,000, Now - $200-220,000


Ford Falcon 'Castrol Special'  - November 1990

Here is a car that lots of people would love us to find. In 1990 via a mammoth project coordinated by racer and engineer Kevin Bartlett, a very special Falcon two-door was constructed and then handed on to a fortunate contest winner. The car was sighted (allegedly) a few times afterwards but its fate is a mystery. Even a search party organised by Bartlett amongst his legion of motor sporting contacts failed to track down the elusive Ford, so now it’s over to you faithful readers. Is there a once-famous Falcon lurking in your shed or someone else’s?

Then - $24,500, Now - $55-80,000

(Unique Cars #397)

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