Past and furious
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