Ford V8 Roadster + Aston Martin DBS - the cars that got away

By: Cliff Chambers, Unique Cars magazine

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FORD ROADSTER DEC 94 Ford V8 Roadster FORD ROADSTER DEC 94
ASTON DBS JAN 03 Aston Martin DBS ASTON DBS JAN 03

Uncle Cliff takes us for a ride through our old classifieds

DECEMBER 1994

1936 FORD V8 ROADSTER

On the market in time for Christmas 1994 and looking perfect as Santa’s summer runabout, this bright red Ford Roadster would still have turned many potential owners grey with its massive $30,000 price-tag.

Hot-rodders love open-top 1930s Fords however and any cars that survive with all of their original attributes untouched are scarce and seriously expensive.

A Deluxe Roadster in outstanding condition recently hit the North American market at US$90,000 and there is no reason that can’t be achieved here as well.

Then $30,000, now $100-120,000

JANUARY 2003

ASTON MARTIN DBS

The DBS did play a role in one James Bond film but that brief glimmer of stardom wasn’t enough to send resale values soaring in the manner of ‘Goldfinger’ DB5s.

Six-cylinder DBS Astons are nonetheless nice cars; many with 242kW Vantage engines that fling them along at speeds approaching 225km/h.

They seemed more popular with Australian buyers than the immediately-prior DB6 and they pop up for local sale at prices far below those achieved by DB4-6 models.

The lucky buyer of this one will have enjoyed a lovely car and still made some money.

Then $34,500, now $100-120,000

(Unique Cars magazine 383)

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