Uncle Phil's Picks (411 pt1)

By: Phil Walker, Unique Cars magazine

1975-TORANA-LH-SLR-5000 1975-TORANA-LH-SLR-5000
1995-MERCEDES-BENZ-S500-W140 1995-MERCEDES-BENZ-S500-W140

Uncle Phil tours the globe looking for new ways to fill his shed. Here’s his latest selection of the good, the bold, the challenging and the bargains – all from Tradeuniquecars.com.au

1975 Torana LH SL/R 5000 - $89,000
Everyone was very sad when the General announced the end of the GTR XU-1. But the SL/R 5000 proved to be a worthy successor and gave Brocky his first touring car title. The LH Torana was a bigger car than its predecessor – true family truckster that also gave you plenty of bang for your buck. Jamaican Lime wasn’t a common colour and looks very ’70s, which it is. Like the XU-1 before it and the A9X after, the SL/R 5000 and its racing cousin the L34 are in huge demand and a good example at the right price should be a safe enough place to park your money.

Mk1 Austin Healey Bug Eye Sprite - $30,000
I used to have one parked in my shed and you know what, I wish I still had it. Seeing this bug eye gem brought back many fond memories of Sunday drives in the country side and along the coast roads with the roof down in the hotter months. Its 1100cc engine had a big heart and as it weighed as much as a paper clip. This one is also in the most appropriate period colour – British Racing Green. 

1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 W140 - $29,990
You could buy a house for the price of this when it was new – and have change. When launched they were a technology, safety and luxo tour de force. The five-litre V8 behind the three-pointed star on the grille ensured it could hustle well in a straight line and, being a Benz, it also knew a thing or two about cornering. Its age is evidenced by the cassette player, remember them? It also has a 10-stack CD and an interior full of timber and leather.

1955 Buick Super - $35,000 
This is rare. No, not the car so much as having two Buicks in my monthly picks. But I have gotta admit I do have a soft spot for 1950s Amercan hardtops like this Super. The two-tone paintwork looks fabulous and opening the pillarless doors reveals matching two-tone interior, that is said to be all new. This one claims a 322ci nailhead engine bolted to a dynaflow auto trans, as well as power brakes and power steer, to make light work of a drive to a diner.

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