Pontiac Tempest + Holden Monaro HQ LS + Ford Escort Van - Phil's Picks

By: Phil Walker

Our classic car wrangler Uncle Phil has chosen three top picks of the Unique Cars classifieds...


1965 Pontiac Tempest

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Have you been paying attention? Yes, you. If this car doesn’t ring a bell, hand in your Unique Cars man card and don’t let the door hit you on the arse. Yep, we featured this car quite prominently in issue 372.

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David Dann owned this car back in the 80s, sold it and then tracked it down, restoring it to its former glory. Once a leading light of the Melbourne drag racing scene, running mid 11s, the Tempest ‘s not quite that angry any longer, but with a 454 under the bonnet, you’ll still need some serious cojones to wring it out. $35k?

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I can’t think of too many cheaper ways to scare yourself this silly. See the ad here.

1972 Holden Monaro HQ LS

Holden -monaro -hq -lsForty grand for an HQ Monaro? Shut up and take my money! Okay, so the LS specification might not get you overly excited but, let’s face it, nobody’s going to buy one of these and restore it to LS spec. Nope, as long as the shell’s straight, this one would likely become another GTS 350 tribute car. This ‘Luxury Sports’ comes with a the baby 253ci bent-eight but was originally supplied with a 308, so it’s not as if you’d be butchering a matching-numbers keeper. 

1977 Ford Escort Panel Van

Ford -escort -vanWhat a beaut! I love Escorts (there’s a pull quote we can always use against him – Ed) and although the RS models are what tend to catch my eye, there’s something about this  humble panel van that looks the goods. With simple, rear-wheel drive mechanicals and a 1600 OHC out of a Cortina under the bonnet, this car had a resto in the 1990s and has been owned by the same family for a quarter of a century. Fifteen grand doesn’t seem a big ask for that sort of backstory.

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