This XE Fairmont Ghia is an excellent original example, retaining its factory “Chestnut” paint and “Chamois” leather trim, making an ideal project for the XE enthusiast. The seller has had this car for less than a year, and having taken on several other projects in that time has decided that several vehicles in the collection must go.
This particular car was built in April 1982, and retains its matching number 4.1 alloy head 6, with 3-speed T-bar auto. The car has travelled a fairly hefty 391,000km, but still runs and drives well, and from a mechanical perspective needs little work to get back on the road. All doors open and close with ease, and panels are straight and accident free. Only the front grille / bumper needs some adjustment.
What struck us most upon inspection of this car is the state of the interior seat trim, and door cards. The seats are in amazing condition other than a small cut on the driver’s bolster – and the need for some leather conditioner on the driver’s seat where it’s showing some signs of discolouration. It appears as if no one has ever sat in the back seat, and few in the front passenger seat. When we inspected the car, we removed the front seat covers for what seemed the first time in decades, exposing the excellent Chamois leather. The roof lining has dropped a bit over the car’s 35 years, with a couple of tears at the rear, and would ultimately need to be stitched / cleaned up or replaced. There is also a crack in the front passenger corner of the plastic console – a new centre console panel can easily be sourced..
Although the paint is faded, a wash, polish and wax would see it turn up quite well on the majority of panels, subject to a few touch ups on the front bumper and grille. Prior to its current location, it is believed the car has been garaged most of its life, and as such has managed to avoid rust spreading to critical levels. Compared to many other XD/XE/XF models we’ve seen, the rust in this car is fairly limited. On inspection of the car we tried to capture the effected areas in the photographs, as best as possible. There are a few spots in the door jams that need attention, the worst of which being a 4cm strip at the base of the passenger B pillar. The other areas look to be isolated and not to have spread more than a couple of centimeters each. There are a few small spots under the mudguard edges, but the underside of the sills look to be reasonably solid other than small spots and surface rust. The roof, boot gutters, and front guards all appear solid, and the only other spot worth mentioning is the windscreen scuttle panel (a small coin sized rust spot), and a 20 cent sized spot on the passenger bulkhead under the hood. The bulkhead is otherwise completely solid.
At $10,500, the seller has advised they are open to offers, and encourages any prospective purchaser to have a closer look at the car. This would make an excellent project to restore as is, or modify to your personal liking from a good base. To contact the seller, please sign-up (it’s free!) and click the “contact seller” button at the top of this page.
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This 1969 300SEL 6.3 is a beautiful example of one of the most desirable Mercedes sedans, which in its day held the title as the world’s fastest 4-door. There were just 6,526 of the SEL 6.3 built worldwide, and few examples are on offer in Australia.
An advanced and sophisticated luxury car for its time, the SEL features factory Bosch fuel injection on the renowned M100 V8, producing 184kw. This takes the 1.8-tonnes of luxury to 100kph in just 6.6 seconds. A 4-speed automatic transmission, locking diff, electric windows, pneumatic central locking, factory sunroof, dual circuit four wheel ventilated disc brakes and self-levelling suspension put the SEL is in a class of its own when compared to other vehicles of the late 1960s.
This particular example is offered by a collector in south-west Sydney. The car was purchased from Toowoomba Queensland, where it is believed to have resided with an elderly gentleman for the last 30 years who recently lost his licence forcing the sale last year. The current owner is consolidating his projects, and will sell the car with Queensland registration.
The paint and bodywork is in excellent condition, with no signs of serious rust anywhere. The car underwent a restoration approximately 20 years ago, and has essentially been stored and used very little since. When we photographed the vehicle, we didn’t have the opportunity to give it a clean, but note the paint is brilliant, and will shine like new once given just a rinse. As with most old Mercedes, even after 50 years the doors all close as if the car was brand new. A sample of that has been included in the video below.
Inside it’s a similar story, with the tan perforated trim presenting in immaculate condition, along with the carpet, door trims and roof lining. All switches, dashboard panels and timber trim are in excellent condition.
Mechanically, the current owner has no issues to report, and the car runs like clockwork. To save at the pump, the car was converted to dedicated LPG fuel in late 2005. The V8 runs and sounds great – a small sample of which has been included in the below video. The factory sunroof and all electric windows all work perfectly.
We expect to see prices of the 300SEL continue their upward trend, which has even carried the smaller capacity 3.5l vehicles to impressive levels. If you’re looking for one of the more secure automotive investments over the longer term, the 6.3 should be on your list.
Spotted in February 2019 - another rare XR8 Sprint from 1004 added to the register. This onw was asking $18,900 at the time. Notably the quickest Australian Ford in its day - quicker than the GT, having the same engine but a lot less weight. This example has a few modifications, including the body kit, and what looks to be modified front seat trim.
Check out the other examples on the Ford Falcon ED XR8 Sprint register.
This Brock Fairlane was spotted on Ebay Australia in Januiary 2019, and is apparently a Modern Motor Magazine Special Edition. Number 20 of approximately only 26 others made.
Original condition, and clearly in need of some TLC (with several rust spots visible from the images). Has its original two tone paint and factory sunroof, Paratus seats, Brock alloy wheels and steering wheel and instrument cluster.
Ford Brock Falcon S Pack NO 61 - this one spotted on Ebay Australia in January 2019, with no reserve. Has the worked Brck 4.0 litre
Has all the good features: 5 Speed Manual, Paratus Seats, Brock Wheels, Instrument Cluster and body kit. The seller noted that the car has been in storage for the last 5 years, and needs a bit of TLC to get back on the road. Paint needs attention and has small rust bubbles rear wheel arches, bootlid and edge of the bonnet. This is apparently one of only approx 126 made - could make a good investment as one of such as small batch of Brock Fords.
Advertised on Trademe NZ in January 2018, this early Gen 2 WRX STI is a rare RA type Spec C - Version 8 Spec-c.This is a hard model to find these days, very quick and in original trim it appears. At the time the car was offered, it was asking $29,000 NZD.
This vehicle is 2nd owner with 4000kms on it has only been driven to be serviced. This is car 15 of 20 made its in Showroom condition still has the original tyres. Always been garaged and covered has the factory S3 Sprintex supercharger which was changed by Mitsubishi later to S5 for recall. Car is as it left factory. It’s a collectors car not a daily driver. Also have all paperwork and memorabilia on vehicle from purchase including gifts and brochures, letters from Mitsubishi. Also certificate of Authenticity.