XM Falcon van + Alfa Spider - the cars that got away

By: Cliff Chambers, Unique Cars magazine

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XM FALCON VAN NOV 94 Ford Falcon XM panelvan XM FALCON VAN NOV 94
ALFA SPIDER FEB 04 Alfa Romeo Spider ALFA SPIDER FEB 04

The ads for cars we missed - if only we'd known!

NOVEMBER 1994

FORD XM FALCON PANEL VAN

Old Falcons once were everywhere. No one took much notice of them until suddenly there were virtually none left and enthusiastic vendors started asking massive money for once commonplace cars.

This van is of particular interest; firstly for its near-showroom condition and because it hasn’t had nasty chunks taken out of the sides to accommodate load area windows.

In 1994, even the most ardent of Ford collectors would have baulked at that $8000 asking price, but in 2015 you could  easily charge $10,000 more.

The $8000, now $18-22,000

FEBRUARY 2004

ALFA ROMEO DUETTO SPIDER

Even if it hadn’t found immortality via a film entitled The Graduate, this most elegant of Alfa Romeos would still have become an icon of 1960s automotive design.

Later versions with the chopped-off ‘Kamm’ tail lost some appeal and haven’t been able to match the pace at which original, round-tail Duettos have appreciated.

This one looks to be a stand-out car; possibly one of the original batch imported in 1967 that seemed all to be white (some with black hardtops) or red.  A car of this quality should surely survive and have grown in value.

Then $25,900, now $55-60,000

(Unique Cars magazine 383)

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