Nu Finish - Australian Classic Cars.
Although Australia no longer manufacturers cars, the country had a vibrant, thriving, industry. In the country’s history we produced cars almost unlike anything else seen elsewhere. Some of those cars are now worth some serious coin.
We have a look at five we think may be the most expensive in Australia.
Ford Falcon XA Phase 4.
Just four of these machines were built. Intended to continue the legacy of the Phase 1, 2, and 3 Falcons, the Phase 4 lobbed at a time where a “supercar scare” had lead to governments and media going toe to toe in the name of safety.
At the time, homologation, a process to confirm a race car was based on a production car, meant that a certain number had to be built. Unfortunately, the Phase 4, built in the then new svelte “coke bottle” XA body style, wasn’t able to get close due to the “scare”. Of the four, one was destroyed and three are scattered in unknown locations around the country.
The example sold in late 2018 was a red coloured machine, complete with Fred Gibson and Allan Moffat names on the flanks, sold at auction in 2018 for two million dollars.
Ford Falcon XY Phase 3.
Just a couple of months before, another Ford Falcon had been sold at auction for considerable dollars. This one, the car that effectively sealed the Phase car legend, had been owned for former Australian Test cricket player Jeff Thomson. “Thommo” was famed for his swing-arm bowling action and could launch the leather at up to 160 kilometres per hour.
The Phase 3 was said to be able to reach 225 kph and there’s a now (in)famous picture of the speedo of an example being driven on the Hume Highway, the thorofare between Sydney and Melbourne with the speedo needle “off the clock”.
The car sold was also in red (something about red goes faster?) and this went under the hammer for $1.1 million.
Holden Commodore VH HDT Group C.
The Commodore nameplate was only five years old in the early 1980s, with the VB released in 1978, the VC in 1980, and the more stylish looking VH in 1982. Group C racing regulations had the VH endowed with a body kit that wouldn’t look out of place on a Batmobile. Huge wheel arches, massive front and rear bumper assemblies, and a wing suitable to land a helicopter on, distinguished the VH Groups C cars.
Raced by Holden’s favourite son, Peter Brock, the cars were powered by a thumping 5.0L V8 engine. This particular engine also went to auction and was on a reserve of $1.6 million. The hammer dropped at $2.1 million.
2004 Ferrari Enzo.
2018 seemed to be the year for asking the bank manager nicely for a loan. Fans of the fabled Italian marquee, Ferrari, have long held a soft spot in the hearts for anything from the Prancing Horse stable. In early 2018 a Melbourne based dealership had one immaculate example of the bespoke car for sale.
Capable of a top speed of 350kph, a zero to one hundred time of 3.6 seconds, and powered by a naturally aspirated V12 of 6.0L, the Enzo was only ever available in left hand drive, meaning the above average Aussie had to trailer it to and from the only places they could be driven, a race track.
The asking price for this particular example? Thanks to its condition and ultra low kilometers of just 4046km at the time, $3.999,880 on the chalkboard were the numbers being asked.
This was the car Jaguar really needed to fly from showroom floors. With a low, low, body, wind tunnel fettled aerodynamics, and a brilliant mid-mounted 3.5L turbo V6, these unutterably gorgeous cars produced 405kW and 644Nm, enabling a sub-four second run to the 100kpm mark.
It was also capable of some rapidity on the road, thanks to that slinky body and “ample torque”. In early 2018 one example, with under 1,000 klicks on the clock, with a sumptuous cream leather interior and eyecatching metallic red paintwork, ticking the boxes for just under one million dollars.
Australia’s classic car market is set to see values increase now the automotive manufacturing industry is effectively null and void.
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