Falcon XR6 Sprint + Aston Martin Rapide + Jaguar XJR - Phil's Picks 404

By: Phil Walker, Unique Cars magazine

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Phil’s Boxster, while lovely, is wearing thin on his nerves in this less than optimal winter weather. So, he’s decided to park it in the garage and is looking for three things; performance, practicality and most importantly, a roof.

2016 Ford Falcon FGX XR6 Sprint - $59,750

2016 Ford Falcon FGX XR6 Sprint

You didn’t think we were going to forget this one, did you? The Ford Falcon XR6 Sprint is, sadly, the last of the Aussie Falcons… and almost certainly the best. Power came from the herculean and highly celebrated 4.0lt, turbocharged inline-six, or to you, me and every fan of the Blue Oval, the ‘Barra’. Only 550 of these Sprints were ever produced and they got a host of bespoke upgrades such as gold Brembo brakes, revised suspension and a bunch of extra bits added to the motor to make it fastest Aussie six-cylinder car ever built.

2011 Aston Martin Rapide - $166,980

2011 Aston Martin Rapide

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you don’t think that this thing looks good then chances are you’ve got something horribly wrong with your eyesight and might actually be going blind. The fact this car manages to maintain its coupe looks so convincingly and yet have four-doors and accommodate four-people in relative comfort speaks to its true genius. Couple said genius with a thumping, naturally aspirated 5.9lt V12 and you’ve got a recipe for one of the most compelling four-door propositions for anyone who takes their martini shaken, not stirred.

1996 Jaguar XJR - $26,990

1996 Jaguar XJR

If there was ever a car that personified that old adage of ‘an iron fist in a velvet glove’, I reckon it’d be this Jag XJR. It is unassuming in appearance, especially this particular one in long wheel base guise, and yet, despite the subtly subdued looks, this Jag is packing a whopping 4.0lt supercharged V8 donk with enough shove to fry rear tyres or scare the crap out of occupants at will. Couple that with the fact that it’s a Jag, also having a ride like a magic carpet, this would be my chariot of choice if someone pointed me to the Hume and said, ‘See how fast you can get to Sydney’.

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