Chevrolet + Lagonda - the cars that got away

By: Cliff Chambers, Unique Cars magazine

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CHEV ELCAMINO OCT 89 Chevrolet El Camino CHEV ELCAMINO OCT 89
CORVETTE 427 0CT 97 Chevrolet Corvette CORVETTE 427 0CT 97
LAGONDA M45 APR 85 Lagonda M45 LAGONDA M45 APR 85

Two Chevs and a Lagonda - some gems from our old classifieds

OCTOBER 1989

CHEVROLET EL CAMINO

Opinions divide about where and by whom the first car-based utility was made. However the first Chevrolet El Camino certainly earned itself a place in the record books on the basis of pure effrontery.

Australia saw sedans with the same massive ‘bat-wing’ fins but no El Caminos apart from a few private imports.

This one was a more recent arrival and probably not in remarkable condition. However with a parts car included it stood a big chance of being salvaged and that nine grand looks to be money well spent.

Then $9000, now $35-40,000

OCTOBER 1997

CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427

People call big-block Corvettes ‘muscle cars’ but they really don’t fit a genre that was intended to describe a mid-sized sedan with a monster engine.

This 7.0-litre Chevy barely has space for two but will wipe the floor with most sedan-based muscle machinery.

Not a lot of big-block ‘Vettes came to  Australia as new cars – lack of engine-bay space made RHD conversion a challenge.

Today though we have a decent supply thanks to recent imports. This one looks to be in fine condition, however values haven’t moved dramatically and C3 versions remain relatively affordable.  

Then $39,500, now $75-85,000

APRIL 1985

LAGONDA M45

Lagonda was a brand that battled for most of its 40 years of independent existence. The company in 1947 was bought by Aston Martin and left behind big, vastly expensive touring cars like this 4.5-litre six-cylinder and the exotic LG45.

Given that the Great Depression was still heavily influencing the car industry, production of 410 M45s in one year (1935) was a good effort.

A car similar to this one was offered for sale in Australia during 2014 for $185,000. More recently came another overseas at €$200,000, suggesting local values should by now have topped $250,000.

Then $60,000, now $240-270,000

(Unique Cars magazine 383)

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