Past and fu­ri­ous

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Top Ten - Mark Hinchliffe

THIS list of top 10 clas­sic cars is based purely on the fact that they’re guar­an­teed to put a smile on the dial of any car lover. 1 1971-74 HOLDEN HQ MONARO GTS The Monaro be­gan in 1968 with the HK, but the sec­ond­gen­er­a­tionHQis the one that got ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion, es­pe­cially the 350 GTS with its blacked-out grille, rally patches, and bold hippie colours. 2 1972 FORD XY FAL­CON GT-HO PHASE III The rarest is the Phase IV with only three made be­fore pro­duc­tion stopped. That leaves the Phase III as the pin­na­cle of ’ 70s Aussie mus­cle power. This beast had a top speed of 250km/h and was our fastest four-door pro­duc­tion car of the decade. 3 1968 FORDMUS­TANG GT 390 CID FAST­BACK The Steve McQueen car from the movie Bul­litt is not the pret­ti­est of Mus­tangs, but it comes with street cred. Mus­tangs re­main among the top-sell­ing sports cars of all time. There are plenty left, prices are low, parts plen­ti­ful. 4 ’55-’63 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULL­WING COUPE The first pro­duc­tion Gull­wing is pure beauty from ev­ery an­gle — cou­pled with en­gi­neer­ing ge­nius (those doors). It was also the first four-stroke, petrolengined car with fuel in­jec­tion. Only 1400 coupes and 1858 con­vert­ibles were made.

5 1981-82 De LOREANDMC

Im­mor­talised in the Back to the


movie se­ries, this spaceage car had gull­wing doors and brushed stain­less-steel body. Only 8500 DMCs were made be­fore the com­pany went bel­lyup. About 6000 re­main. 6 1964-71 MINI COOPER S

The Ital­ian Job im­mor­talised this cutie. The Mk I and Mk II Cooper S mod­els fea­ture tiny en­gines but the cars are so small they have great power-to-weight ra­tio and han­dle like go-karts.

7 ’68-’80MGBROADSTER Re­placed the old-styleMGA and was quite mod­ern in styling, hence its longevity. Long­time favourite of the re­storer, mainly be­cause there are plenty avail­able.

8 ’69 LAM­BORGH­INI MIURA Con­sid­ered by many the pret­ti­est Ital­ian car ever. Only 762 of the two-seater, mi­dengined sportscars were made from 1966 to 1972. The 3.9-litre V12 suc­cumbed to the oil cri­sis — and was iron­i­cally re­placed later by the even big­ger 4.0-litre V12 Coun­tach.

9 1961-75 JAGUAR E-TYPE The ar­che­typal sportscar now on per­ma­nent dis­play at the New York Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art. The coupe and con­vert­ible came with a va­ri­ety of en­gines from six-to 12-cylin­ders— and an even big­ger va­ri­ety of re­li­a­bil­ity prob­lems. 10 1952-2011 CHEVRO­LET CORVETTE The Corvette be­gan as a con­cept con­vert­ible but has evolved into a suc­cess­ful race car, pop­u­lar film prop, highly collectible clas­sic and to­day’s ZR1 is an Ital­ian su­per­car.

Miles of smiles: (Clock­wise, from top left) E-Type Jaguar, Mercedes Gull­wing 300SL coupe, HQMonaro and the Fal­con GT-HO

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