Ferrari 308GTS + 1973 XA Fairmont + 1974 HJ Monaro GTS - Ones That Got Away 442

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1979 Ferrari 308GTS - Advertised October 2011

Believe it or not, this is what qualifies as an ‘affordable’ Ferrari, in that the relatively early steel-bodied GTS series hasn’t reached house prices – yet.  You still get the proper exotic car experience, with a mid-mounted 3.0lt V8, lots of angry noises and plenty of performance to concentrate the mind. The bills can also be pretty mind-blowing, so a thorough inspection is an absolute must and a known service history is worth paying extra for. Ferrari ownership is still a prety exclusive club and for many a major milestone in their automotive ‘career’.

Was: $62,950. Now: $90,000-150,000


1973 Ford XA Fairmont - Advertised January 2007

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How times have changed. These days a rolling resto project hardtop in need of lots of work is worth more than was being asked for a complete car. And given how high prices for genuine GT Fords have soared, a whole cottage industry has emerged with people building their own ‘tribute’ cars – the term ‘clone’ has fallen out of favour. They’re now an accepted part of the scene and are selling for serious money, if they’ve been done well. Really, you need to judge each one on its merits.

Was: $20,000. Now: $70,000-80,000


1974 Holden HJ Monaro GTS - Advertised September 2004

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How long did it take for us to see another generation Monaro two-door from Holden, after this one? It was worth the wait and there’s no question the second-gen chrome bumper series has surfed a wave of sentimentaility when it comes to values. Back when this car was being advertised, the owner was asking pretty solid money, but the prices for original examples have long since entered the realm of stratospheric. While it’s often good for the lucky owners who bought at the ‘right’ time, we’re not always convinced that’s a good thing...

Was: $25,000. Now: $90,000-120,000


Reader's One That Got Away:

1958 Plymouth Fury
Kevin Spring - Olary, SA

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Back in 2005 I was in California on holidays and stumbled on a classic car dealership in North Hollywood. They had an original 40,000 mile ‘58 Plymouth in immaculate condition for USD$14K! It was a real Fury and even retained its trademark beige paint. I could not pull the trigger and its still on my mind. Hopefully it was never turned into a "Christine" movie clone.


From Unique Cars #442, July 2020

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