This 1977 FJ40 has been with the same owner for the last 20 years, and has received significant investment in practical upgrades to make the car the perfect weekend cruiser for the short-wheelbase enthusiast. The current owner is regrettably offering the vehicle for sale, having covered only 3,500km since the engine was replaced with a new 350ci unit in 2006.
This cruiser is offered with full NSW registration expiring on 26 February 2019, and is in excellent roadworthy condition, seeking a new owner who will appreciate the time, energy and dollars that have been put into the car over the last two decades.
An engineer complied 350 Chev is currently fitted, with a Holley carburetor, and power sent through a 5-speed manual gearbox with additional Fairey overdrive gears making for relaxing highway cruising whilst retaining the classic bottom-end FJ40 4X4 capability. The engine runs very smoothly, with all 4WD gear connected and working well. The car also has power steering and a power clutch fitted for ease of driving.
In 2006 the car received a replacement engine (receipts can be provided). Since then, only 3,500km have been covered. The engine operates with dual-fuel through the addition of twin 80-litre (150 useable litres) stainless steel LPG tanks in the rear cabin (in addition to the 100L petrol tank). This provides excellent range for those long weekend trips.
The brakes and suspension have also received significant upgrades. Front discs are fitted, and the larger diameter front drum brakes have been fitted to the rear wheels. Load variable shock absorbers have been installed in the rear, allowing pressure to be increased under heavy loads or to suit the driving conditions.
The car also received brand new rear axles in July 2018, and sits on near new 16 X 8 GT 8-pot alloys with barely used Light Truck 285/75 R16 Hankook DynaPro MT tyres (including the spare).
- Body and chassis
The history of this vehicle is not straightforward. The chassis and running gear are from a 1975 vehicle, with the body from 1977. At great cost in 2006, a good straight 1977 body was sourced and taken off its chassis. The shell was then fully submerged in a caustic acid then a phosphoric acid dip to kill all and any rust inside and out. The condition of the undercarriage is a testament to this, and having been garaged all its life the body remains very well preserved.
Following the acid dip, body work was completed to adapt the owner’s preferred rear barn-doors to enhance accessibility (originally the vehicle had the lower barn-doors and upper hatch). The factory mild steel bolts fitted throughought the body were all replaced with stainless steel bolts, to prevent any future rust outbreaks. It then received a 2-pak paint job of gloss black with burgundy accents. The body was then put back on the chassis with the V8 driveline and various upgrades. Although there are some minor scratches and blemishes around the body, the paint retains and excellent shine, and only small touch ups would be necessary.
The vehicle is currently fitted with a light-weight aluminium bull-bar (with Narva spotlights), and towbar. All electrics are hooked up and working.
The seat trim has been very well preserved for its age, with the current owner having always fitted seat covers to the original bench seat. Examples of the cloth condition can be seen in the images, with very limited wear to the seat bolsters or bases.
Custom-cut rubber floor mats are fitted to the front floor-pans and rear deck sitting on top of the metal, providing for great protection and easy cleaning. The floors are all in excellent condition. In the rear, neat side benches have been custom built to house the twin LPG tanks, which sit nicely on either side of the rear deck, with plenty of space in the centre for luggage.
The cruiser comes with a large number of spare parts and extras as part of the price. This includes a water pump, 2 front brake rotors, 4 front brake pads, 4 rear drum brake shoes, 2 rear shocks, Chev vacuum advance, 2 new distributor caps, tail lights, headlamps and more.
Fore more details and to arrange an inspection, contact Adrian by clicking "contact seller" above.
This one was advertised on Facebook in 2020, looks to be a fairly complete Daytona project - few and far between now. Very nice colour in Laguna Blue Metallic. Needs a full restoration, but hoping the rust isnt too bad, The car supposedly needs work to get it running, so it's a fairly big project. Check out the other Daytonas on the register below. This one was asking just $4,000 USD at the time of offering. Unfortunately the VIN/Chassis # details weren't disclosed in the ad - but were sure someone in future will be able to match these up!
Spotted on Lloyds Auctions here in September 2020 - https://www.lloydsonline.com.au/LotDetails.aspx?smode=0&aid=18844&lid=2408797
CR did a write up on these cars some years ago - and production numbers were a bit uncertain - but from several sources we gathered under 50 were produced. The seller is claiming 35, which could be true. Check out some of the other examples on the register below..
Spotted on Graysonline, this early S500 (looks to be maybe Onyx Grey?) looks in reaosnable condition but needs a tidy up. A couple of grille slats missing, and some fairly hefty wear on the old Benz leather driver's seat bolster. Relatively low Ks for the age (166,000), and sold with 10 months registration. Described by the auction house as being in "fair" condition all around, it comes with a full service history, two keys, and owners manuals. There are definitelky worse examples around, and this one is at least complete and still on the road.
This 1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal is an Australian delivered car, and one of the most unusual and increasingly desirable Alfas of the era. The car is located in Sydney and is offered for sale after 10 years of ownership by a serious Montreal enthusiast.
The Montreal has become the centre of attention in some parts of the classic car world, and over the last 10 to 15 years it feels like there has been an endless run of articles establishing it as the “forgotten Italian supercar”. It wasn’t until quite recently that values really started to spike, and the discussion became a self-fulfilling prophecy. A Bertone Masterpiece with a quad-cam V8 engine, the car was always a recipe for success, and now prices around the world are beginning to reflect this. Jay Leno only just completed an episode on the Montreal in April 2020 – check out the link at the base of this article.
Despite low production numbers these cars have an enormous following around the world, and are popular enough to a have a dedicated website providing unbelievable detail on technical specifications – alfamontreal.info. If you want to know a thing or two about the cars, we strongly suggest taking a look at that excellent resource which would prove invaluable if undertaking an original restoration, or simply to gain a better understanding of the cars and their features.
What drew us to this particular car was firstly that it is factory right hand drive (there were only 180 of those), and secondly that it is a documented Australian delivered example (there were fewer than 100 of those). While there’s nothing wrong with bringing in a car from overseas, it is special when such a rare car was delivered here new - particularly considering how small that batch of deliveries was. These factors will continue to support demand for this sort of vehicle in the Australian market going forward.
This particular car is finished in gold metallic, with beige velour trim (both of which were the vehicle’s factory original specifications). Both the paint and trim in this example have been refurbished by the seller in the past decade. On our inspection, the paint and seat trim present very well, and could be enjoyed by the successful purchaser for many years to come. We looked closely at the car’s sills and undercarriage, but could not see any evidence of rust. The floors under the carpets in the foot wells and in the trunk all appear solid.
in addition to the paint and seat trim refurbishment the seller has maintained the car mechanically to a high standard during his 10 years of ownership, and the engine sounds excellent both at idle and when opened up on the road. The Spica mechanical fuel injection system appears to be working well. The seller is a long time Montreal enthusiast who has owned many of these cars over the years, knows their unique quirks and how they should be properly cared for. He has always referred any significant work to his Alfa specialist mechanics. The car comes with its full history, some literature, and even the NSW plate number as was issued to the car in 1974 (PKE.169).
This particular car (chassis number 1440285), was factory optioned with air conditioning. We note the seller has removed the air conditioning compressor and accessories. However, all of those parts have been retained and come with the car should the next purchaser wish to reinstall and bring the car back to its original specification.
As shown in the video, accessories including the original period radio and the electric windows all still work well, as do all dashboard accessories. The dashboard itself was refurbished by the “Dashboard Doctor” in Victoria, so there are no cracks evident on the main dash pad areas. Some attention is needed to the dash accessory surrounds (some cracks have formed as shown in the images), but this doesn’t affect functionality in any way. The cream carpets have been replaced at some stage and present well, contrasting nicely with the beige velour trim.
As demand for these rare supercars increases around the world, this car presents an outstanding opportunity to obtain a rare right hand drive Australian delivered Montreal. For further information or to arrange an inspection, please contact Steven by signing in and clicking the contact seller button at the top of this page.
And here's the link to Jay Leno's Alfa Montreal review: "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwLQ7jbdVV0
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One of only 43 built, these TL series fairlanes are very special cars, and this one sold at Lloyds Auctoins in SA for just $13,000 - although the ks are fairly high and the trim is quite worn out as shown the images. The AU Fairlane is one of our favourite Fairlanes and was deliberately designed to look very different to its AU Falcon SWB sibling. Part of the reason for this was that the previous generation NL Fairlane was criticised for being too similar to the EL Falcon.
This 1985 Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole is a factory right-hand drive Australian delivered example which comes with extensive records and documentation. Delivered new to a customer in Yeronga QLD on 16 August 1985, the car found its way to the current owner who purchased it from a collector in Sydney over three years ago. The seller is downsizing his garage and collection, and regrettably must sell the Mondial to the next lucky enthusiast.
The Mondial series was first introduced in 1980 as the Mondial “8”, and saw production over several iterations through to as late as 1993. Most notably, the Mondial introduced a new and practical 4-seat configuration not previously offered by Ferrari. This new formula wasn’t welcomed by all Ferrari fans, but many warmed to the format over time particularly following the second iteration (the Quattrovalvole) which was introduced from 1983. As suggested by the name, the second iteration included 4-valve per cylinder technology, which brought power from the 3.0 litre V8 to 240hp (179kw) – up from 214hp (160kw) in the Mondial 8. The Quattrovalvole model was built until 1985, and this particular car is from that final year of production.
There were just 1,145 of the Quattrovalvole hardtops built worldwide, and just 152 built in factory right-hand drive. If this car isn’t rare enough, Ferrari forums suggest it is one of just a handful of Australian delivered examples. Presumably, the majority of the right-hand drive cars went to the UK and Japan. The car comes with an original Ferrari log book case packed full of paperwork evidencing the car’s original sale, service history and registration. It also has all of its original handbooks. Interestingly, an Australian version of the Quattrovalvole owner’s manual was actually made, and there are service receipt stubs dating back to 1985. The first service was completed by Auto Classica Ferrari, at 374 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley on 4 November 1985. Extracts from the car’s documentation are provided in the gallery for those interested.
Overall, the paintwork on this example is in great condition for the car’s age, and the seller has informed us that the body still retains its factory original Rosso Corsa paint. However, it appears that the bumper bars have been painted to match the body at some stage prior to the seller’s ownership. This could be easily reversed if the original look is desired. There are a few minor scuff marks on bumpers, and some very minor paint blemishes on the body. However, the car presents exceptionally well for a vehicle that is now 35 years old, and as you would expect for a vehicle of this type it has always been garaged, regularly serviced and generally looked after by owner-enthusiasts over the years. We note that the odometer reading of 173,000km accords with the car’s service records.
The car is fitted with later model 5-spoke 18 inch wheels (believed to be from a Ferrari 360 Modena). These make the car look more modern, but the originals also come with the car, and are in great condition (just need a quick wipe down). The tyre sticker fitted to the front windscreen provides the original recommended tyre specification when this car was new - that being “Michelin TRX 240/55”. The tyres fitted to the original wheels are per that specification. Although they have plenty of tread, you wouldn’t drive on the tyres fitted to the original wheels as they appear to be over 20 years old. However, they would polish up OK and be a great original piece to fit to the car when you arrive at a show.
Mechanically the car runs smoothly, and there was no evidence of smoke or major engine faults upon inspection. The seller has not had any major mechanical issues outside of regular maintenance, and these cars remain one of the most serviceable classic Ferraris available. On start-up, the owner notes the cold start valve takes a few minutes to bring the idle down. Once running, the quad-cam 32 valve sounds amazing at high revs, and would give plenty of punch for a car that weighs under 1500kg.
The seller notes that the speedometer has stopped working, but the odometer has always worked and continues to work. The seller notes it may be a connection issue within the dash, but has not tampered with the dash to attempt a repair. Instead, a GPS speedometer sits on the dash top as a temporary solution. Further, the air conditioning does work, but seems to have a fault which causes it to intermittently stop. The seller is unsure of the source of the problem, and it needs further investigation. Other than those two issues, everything inside the car works well, including the electric windows and all dash switches and lighting.
The seat trim and carpets are also all original, and have held up very well for their age. The trim is cream leather, most of which is in excellent condition, and the carpets are a contrasting tan colour. All previous owners must have had floor mats fitted, and it really shows. The front driver’s seat is worn more than the others, but there are no tears or serious cracks. It appear that the original leather fabric could be brought back to its former glory without the need to re-trim. This is a testament to the quality of the leather used in these cars. The only area where we note the leather appears to have dried out and slightly cracked is the driver’s side rear seat (front edge of the squab), and we have included an image of that area for reference.
Further complementing the car’s history and originality, it comes with its original jack (located in the front trunk), and its original toolkit (in the rear trunk). Nothing is missing from these kits, and all tools are original with “Ferrari” cast into each handle. The car also has its original Ferrari service light with cigarette lighter power adaptor. Even that has a little Ferrari logo cast into the plastic casing.
This is a fantastic survivor example and has the history and documentation which make for an excellent investment. While you can find examples overseas at lower prices, tracking down an Australian delivered right-hand drive car is extremely difficult. For this reason, the asking price on this car is very reasonable. The images provide some detail as to the vehicle’s overall condition. For the serious buyer, please sign in and contact the seller, Bob, to arrange an inspection or discuss any questions you have.
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This 1972 Fairmont GT is a single owner example and one of only 1,585 built for the South African market. It comes with a full and extensively documented history, and has been restored and enhanced over the decades by the owner. In 2017, the car was re-finished in its original Peri Peri Red paint with factory black vinyl roof and red vinyl trim.
For the purists, we note there have been several modifications over the car’s life which could be reversed if desired. It currently has a performance Cleveland 351 engine fitted which is a later “Square block” motor, and makes upwards of 450hp. However, the seller informs us that the original 351 “D block” has been retained and put aside, and will come with the sale should the successful purchaser wish to restore it back to original specifications. The current motor has worked heads, a performance cam, rods and pistons. It’s also fitted with a 650 Holley carburettor, roller rockers and MSD performance coil and distributor.
The car was factory fitted with a 3-speed automatic transmission, but shortly after purchase (in 1974) a 4-speed top loader manual was fitted, and has remained in place since. A new clutch has recently been installed, as have new tyres.
Both the number stamped on the shock tower and the tag under the seat are present confirming this is a genuine Fairmont GT, and prospective purchasers are welcome to inspect. However, the seller notes that the front tag was lost when the car was re-painted in 2017. We are unsure whether the South African data tags can be re-created to correct this, but it would be worthwhile investigating particularly if you intended to import the car to another country where the tag may be necessary for compliance purposes.
The XY Fairmont GTs were built for the South African market during 1971-1972, and followed on from a very small batch of the previous generation XW Fairmont GTs. This was effectively Ford Australia’s export version of the Falcon GT, which had a number of unique features distinguishing it from its Australian counterpart. As opposed to the “Super Roo”, the South African GT is known as the “Super Rhino”.
Most of the components for these rare cars were built by Ford Australia in Victoria alongside the Australian Falcon GTs. The components were then shipped to the Port Elizabeth plant in South Africa for assembly, and a 351 4v Cleveland crate engine fitted. For more information on the specifications and history of the “Super Rhino”, see this interesting website dedicated to the cars: http://www.safairmontgt.com.au/
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Located in Johannesburg, this South African assembled XY Fairmont GT has undergone a recent restoration and presents in excellent condition. The car was painted by the previous owner 2-3 years ago, and the interior trim has also been completely refurbished in its original black vinyl.
The car is rust free, runs very well, and seeks an enthusiast owner who appreciates the significance of these rare GTs. This ad is particularly directed at potential Australian purchasers who might consider importing the car, adding to the small pool of Fairmont GTs already brought across.
There were just 1,585 XY Fairmont GTs built for the South African market during 1971-1972, which followed on from a very small batch of the previous generation XW Fairmont GTs. This was effectively Ford Australia’s export version of the Falcon GT, which had a number of unique features distinguishing it from its Australian counterpart. As opposed to the “Super Roo”, the South African GT is known colloquially as the “Super Rhino”.
Most of the components for these rare cars were built by Ford Australia in Victoria alongside the Australian Falcon GTs. The components were then shipped to the Port Elizabeth plant in South Africa for assembly, and a 351 4v Cleveland crate engine fitted. For more information on the specifications and history of the “Super Rhino”, see this interesting website here dedicated to the cars: http://www.safairmontgt.com.au/
The current owner is a Fairmont GT enthusiast who has owned this car for a couple of years. The car is now excess to the seller’s needs and doesn’t get used enough (the seller also has another Fairmont GT which has been in his family since 1980, and his preference is to retain that car).
There have been a couple of significant changes to the car’s original specifications. It was originally “Fern Green”, and was also originally fitted with a top-loader 4-speed manual gearbox. The previous owner at some stage converted the car to an automatic transmission and undertook the respray in orange 2-3 years ago. They also removed the original vinyl roof, and the power steering (not sure why this was done..). The car looks great, but we’re sure there are plenty of purists out there who’d love to see this car back in its original Fern Green, vinyl roof and the 4-speed manual.
The car’s odometer reads 95,000km, which could be genuine, but is unverified. The car has had 4 owners since new, and is a well kept example which could easily be returned to its original form if that was desired. On request, the seller will provide interested parties with details of the car’s VIN and relevant codes confirming it is a genuine Fairmont GT, including the stamping on the suspension tower, tag next to the radiator and tag fitted under the driver's seat.
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