1968 Morris Cooper S MK + 1976 Holden Sandman + 2003 HSV Coupe V2 III - Phil's Picks

By: Phil Walker


Uncle Phil has been out searching for classics and collectables for you to enjoy, now the weather is on the up.

1968 MORRIS COOPER S MK 1 - UNCLE PHIL'S TOP PICK OF THE MONTH

They say red goes faster...

$64,950

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These pesky things were the bane of a young bloke’s life in the sixties, as the boys in blue used them as highway pursuit cars. Here’s a matching-numbers, Australian-built 1968 Mk1 with its original 1275cc engine. Finished in Sandown Red, it also has its original dealer ID plate in the engine bay. A fair degree of history has been preserved in this car. Over the years, Mini enthusiasts have owned it and put plenty of TLC into it. It has been rebuilt as a tribute to the Cooper S that won the Monte Carlo rally back in 1964, 1965 and 1967. As much fun to drive today, as they were back then, except the cops aren’t chasing you in one. 

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1976 HOLDEN SANDMAN

$99,000

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When Holden rolled out the HQ range, the Sandman was born and offered as a ute or panel van. It was a tricked-up version of the basic Belmont with GTS dash and steering wheel, bucket seats, GTS front guards and sporty wheels. They sold like hot cakes and some say the Sandman was responsible for a generation of Aussies, as they were used as the maker intended but didn’t let on. These days, a good one is worth a fair quid and with so many sent to the tip, supply is scarce. This one is a genuine HX model, from 1976 and has undergone a thorough restoration. It has the 308 V8 up front, bolted to a four-speed manual.

2016 FIAT 124 SPIDER LAUNCH EDITION

$33,385

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Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, Fiat had Mazda to build them a unique version of their small Japanese roadster. Unique styling and an optional turbo engine shoved into the fabulous Mazda chassis made the Fiat as much fun as you can have sitting down. While this one is missing the turbo and is an auto, the fun factor remains. It’s also nice to waft along with the roof down and take in the sights, sounds and smells on your journey too. It was the previous owner’s pride and joy, and seems in good nick.

2003 HSV COUPE V2 III

$94,500

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Given HSV made 100 Series III GTO coupes, they don’t come up often and are quickly grabbed by enthusiasts or collectors. They are an even better drive than the standard Monaro, which was none too shabby. This one, build #61, is a one-owner car with a tad under 41,000km on the clock and finished in turbine grey.  It has an LS1 putting out 285kW-510Nm. Inside is plush Anthracite leather trim, a factory sunroof, and it rides on 19-inch alloys. This completely unmodified V2 comes with HSV documentation, log books, owner’s manual, and verification certificate.

1970 MG MGB MKII

$28,000

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Despite their crook weather, convertibles were hugely popular in the UK and none more so than the MGB. The Mk II, like this 1970-built example one, is considered the pick of the bunch. It’s an Australian-assembled, matching-numbers car in Nurburg White, with the desirable polished Metal grille and 60-spoke chrome wire wheels. It also has a black folding soft top and tonneau cover. See yourself heading to a winery or the coast in this on a sunny day. Life doesn’t get much better. 

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