How to buy a leg­end

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is nor­mal and not ab­nor­mal, but the prob­lem with that is who de­ter­mines what is nor­mal wear and what is ab­nor­mal? I would con­sult an independent Nis­san spe­cial­ist and con­sider hav­ing a heavy-duty clutch fit­ted. YOU don’t have to be a petrol-head to know about the an­nual Bathurst en­durance race— even those with no in­ter­est in mo­tor rac­ing, or even mo­tor­ing, take an in­ter­est in who wins.

So im­por­tant has the race be­come to our car-mak­ers over the years that they have, at var­i­ous times, cre­ated and built a num­ber of spe­cial ‘‘Bathurst’’ mod­els.

Some, like the clas­sic Holden Monaros and the Fal­con GTHOs, have been specif­i­cally built to en­hance their chances of win­ning the races, oth­ers, like the an­niver­sary Ford GTs, have been built to cel­e­brate suc­cess in the great race.

What­ever the rea­son, these mod­els have be­come highly prized by en­thu­si­asts and col­lec­tors, with the re­sult that their prices have climbed to un­think­able lev­els in re­sponse to the de­mand.

But buy­ing one of these clas­sics is full of pit­falls and re­quires care­ful and thor­ough re­search be­fore you hand over your hard­earned cash.

Like any col­lectable, prove­nance is im­por­tant, so the first thing to es­tab­lish is that the car you are con­sid­er­ing is gen­uine.

Lots of replica GTs, GTHOs, GTS Monaros, and XU-1 To­ranas and oth­ers have been built over the years.

Some are ac­cu­rate repli­cas; oth­ers even come close to be­ing authen­tic.

No mat­ter whether they are ac­cu­rate or not, they are not worth as much as the real thing. Check the ID on the car’s build plate, check also the numbers that are stamped on var­i­ous parts of the body and make sure they tally with the ID plate.

Con­sult the rel­e­vant car­maker to check that the numbers on the car are cor­rect for that par­tic­u­lar model. It’s also wise to talk to an ac­knowl­edged ex­pert in the model you’re in­ter­ested in buy­ing to find out the crit­i­cal things you need to look for in a gen­uine car.

Car clubs are a great place to find the ex­pert you need to ad­vise you. So too are the many com­pa­nies around the land that spe­cialise in restor­ing these cars.

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