OTHER MODERN CLASSIC TEMPTERS
Mid-engined Japanese hero gets 3.0-litre V6 and sweet handling as standard. Avoid autos; Type R variants are rare and and weren’t officially sold Down Under. Prices range from about $100K-$150K, but good examples are now quite hard to find in Oz.
ASTON V8 VANTAGE
Still looks fresh – because it’s only just left production, after debuting in ’05. V8 grew from 4.3 to 4.7 with other worthwhile tweaks in ’08. Cabrio feels heavy and wobbly. Coupes start from about $90K, but prices rise sharply the newer you go.
The 911 racer for the road, powered by the sublime naturally aspirated flat six (from 3.6 to 4.0 litres), no rear seats and rear-drive. Prices span from about $150K for a 996 ('99-'05), $220K for a 997 ('06-'11) or from $300K for well-kept 991s.