Over the weekend I drove to a wedding in a Lancer, got transported to the ceremony by an elaborate golf buggy and heard an angry roar from across the water. Then this beast rumbled into view.
So the last time we took a look at what was on offer in the latest abandoned vehicles auction locally we came across a swamp donkey of a Nissan 180SX and a lot of burnt vehicles. (And the purpose of buying one of those still escapes me). This time around however we’ve come across something far rarer which begs the obvious question – who leaves one of these behind?
Loved the seedy tales from the Australian TV series Underbelly? Loved playing Cops and Robbers as a kid? On the hunt for a BA Ford Falcon that you can’t actually register and drive to work?
If you answered yes to any of those, boy have I lined up a Facebook found beauty this time around!
At first I was thinking it was a quite day in the auction yard, with nothing really capturing my attention (well there was a nice Monaro with sparkly paint that didn’t look too bad and a couple of rough looking Nissans – but nothing that really stood out and screamed ‘You definitely don’t see one of those every day!)
Well until I stepped inside and came face to face with a fierce looking graduate…
You can tell it’s race weekend here on the Gold Coast (that’d be the Vodaphone Gold Coast 600 for those playing at home) because my favourite auction yard have brought out all the toys in the toy box. And in the middle of those mountains of classic metal sits one owners homage to a bitter rivalry that not even an entire universe can contain..
Amazing isn’t it? You go a quiet ride in the father in law’s project Holden HR Wagon for a quiet little jaunt to the local Holden clubs coffee meet up…and end up smack bang in the middle of a 450+ car show. Typical..
My very first car was a Moroccan beige 1989 Ford Laser GL bought from another family member for the tune of $4500. Purchased in Grandma spec condition (you’ll probably guess from who now) in the year 2000, today we look back on what an amazing little thing it was and how much a decent example will set you back today.
We read today that the new Apple Smartwatch will be released here in Australia sometime next month and for those who have more money than sense, there’s an 18 karat gold version that will set you back $24,000 AUS.
Yes 24K to blow on something that talks to your iPhone. I too can do this and I’m nowhere near that expensive.
However if you do prefer to put 24K towards filling your backyard with automotive gold (as in paint color..), allow us to unearth some possible purchases a little bit bigger than something you strap to your wrist..
Inspired by a Ford Laser TX3 I passed yesterday (with the rarer than hens teeth bullet style headlights) I was curious to find out what the going price was currently for the little turbo fed AWD buzz box. (Not that I’m buying one, but still..)
However a quick look on eBay has netted something even more curious – a TX3 convertible! This is the first time in my 34 years of rambling that I’ve ever seen one..
My very first car was a 1989 Ford Laser Gl sedan and I drove it into the ground (not literally). It was super cheap to run, got from A to B (very slowly), looked as cool as a cucumber sandwhich and helped me move house more times than I’d care to remember. So for today’s Bargain Banger write up, in memory of my own ‘beige beast’ I truly hope that someone saves this little Ford Laser from the scrapheap..
Post apocalyptic wastelands. The rumble of dinosaur engines. Armour plating and spiked metal. Leather and chains. Snarling bad guys and no hope for the future. Now while it sounds like a family reunion at an ex girlfriend’s house, I’m actually referring to Mad Max: Fury Road. And boy is it an awesome movie!
There’s nothing like a brilliant head turning paint job on a car, especially one that isn’t seen as often as you’d like on the roads. Case in point being this fine looking Ford XR6 Harlequin Paint Ute that’s changed 6 different colors in the time it’s taken to read this sentence…