DIF­FER­ENT STROKES

Motor (Australia) - - THE VENT -

That we’re not all the same has to be a good thing, in­clud­ing with cars. Per­son­ally I can’t fathom why any­one would bother to re­store an Austin A30/40, but peo­ple do. Oth­ers also hide away their clas­sic car without driv­ing it, which I also don’t com­pre­hend. And the rev­er­ence be­ing accorded to some ‘one-off’ builds leaves me sim­i­larly per­plexed.

I think of the E46 M3 “CSL’s” $60K (40 per cent) cost pre­mium ver­sus my nearly-as­fast ‘stan­dard/in­di­vid­ual’ M3 bought at the time. And the VS GTS-R, which has re­ceived pub­lic­ity re­cently, in­clud­ing in MO­TOR. Again, at the time I pur­chased a ‘stan­dard’ GTS (later su­per­charged, then stolen, then re­placed) and while I don’t re­call the price dif­fer­en­tial, I do re­call deal­ers had to con­struct a ded­i­cated show­room for this puke-yel­low ‘Ply­mouth Su­per-bird’ clone.

They still couldn’t sell them de­spite only 75 built for Aus­tralia. So for this ugly duck­ling to now be talked of as a ‘clas­sic’ bog­gles my mind (as do Walkin­shaws etc.), but then we’re all dif­fer­ent aren’t we? Gordon Batt , via email A quick look at the prices be­ing com­manded for VS GTS-Rs, Gordon, proves that to many it’s a sought-af­ter Aussie mus­cle ma­chine!

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