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Just Cars

#290 20-07

Just Cars is the Collectable, Classic and Custom Car enthusiast’s bible for buying, selling and just plain dreaming. Not only is it the largest selling car magazine in Australia, it’s free for individuals to advertise meaning there’s no better place to find your next dream machine, or to find a like-minded mate who’s going to take care of yours if you need to sell it.

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5 min.
r.i.p. commodore

In a saddening but not entirely surprising move, Holden has axed the Commodore from their range for 2020. Holden made the announcement on 10 December, with what the brand is calling a “modified portfolio” to be SUV and ute only by the end of the year. Stocks of the fully-imported ZB Commodore currently in Australia will not be replenished once they’re gone, with the current BK Series Astra to also be deleted under the SUV-ute initiative. The last Commodores are expected to leave Holden dealerships sometime in 2020, ending a 42-year run for the nameplate that, for several years, was Australia’s best-selling car. “Holden is taking this decisive action to ensure a sharp focus on the largest and most buoyant market segments,” said Holden Interim Chairman and Managing Director, Kristian Aquilina, who…

2 min.
prodrive commences restoration service

Best known for building winning rally cars, Prodrive is now authenticating, servicing and restoring them under the ‘Prodrive Legends’ programme. Devoted to Prodrive’s historic circuit racing cars, too, Prodrive Legends is similar to restoration and verification services now offered by most of the major prestige and luxury car brands. What drove this programme to become a reality was what the UK-based company described as a significant increase in requests from owners of competition cars to verify the provenance of their vehicles and then restore them. Since its formation in 1984, Prodrive has built more than 1,100 race and rally cars, from the first, a Porsche 911 SC RS, to the latest Aston Martin Vantage GT. The bulk of that total is made up of Subaru rally cars, constructed when the marque was dominating…

1 min.
mopar offers heritage parts for lancia delta integrale

Mopar, in conjunction with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Heritage (FCA Heritage) have launched a heritage parts range dedicated to replacement parts for classic cars under the FCA umbrella. Kicking off the programme are front and rear bumpers for the Lancia Delta Integrale and Integrale Evoluzione. The moulding equipment that originally produced these bumpers was found abandoned at a plant in San Benigno. Fully refurbished electrically and hydraulically, the machinery is now being used to produce the new bumpers for the Lancia Delta Integrale, using special polymer thermoplastic compounds. As well as improving impact resistance, this material is said to offer high heat resistance, strength and hardness, low susceptibility to stress cracking and low moisture absorption. For the Delta Integrale Evoluzione, the bumpers use a different type of polymer thermoplastic, which FCA Heritage says has excellent…

2 min.
chrysler releases 300 srt pacer

Weeks after the Chrysler 300 SRT Pacer tribute was announced in November, the production version was confirmed. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the original Pacer, which was released on the VF Valiant platform in 1969, the modern 300 SRT Pacer is limited to just 50 units. Design details that pay homage to the original include ‘Pacer 392’ decals on the front guards and bootlid, with the number referring to the displacement of the 6.4-litre V8 engine in cubic inches. A black and red bootlid stripe, black and red bodyside striping that reinforces the 300 SRT’s Hemi V8 engine also features, while a custom build plate in the engine bay is individually numbered and unique to each vehicle. Inside, Pacer 392-branded sills and Pacer-labelled floor mats feature, with special-edition badging on the centre console…

2 min.
aussie scores mclaren development drive

McLaren Automotive have confirmed the four drivers in their ‘Driver Development Programme’ for 2020, and one of them’s an Aussie. Harry Hayek from Sydney will join young drivers from the UK, USA and the Czech Republic in the programme that places young drivers behind the wheel of a McLaren 570S GT4 in the British GT Championship. From an initial group of 18, Hayek made the final four after an intense two-day programme that included drive time on track at the Snetteron circuit, assessing the participant’s understanding of data analysis and telemetry, their ability to work with the McLaren engineering team and how they took on feedback from driver coaches. Away from the track, the driver’s physical fitness, mental fitness and competence in media interviews was also assessed, assisted by Driver Development Programme partners,…

2 min.
rolls-royce, rare ford feature at shannons melbourne auction

Variety was the order of the evening at Shannons Melbourne Classic Auction on 9 December, but some familiar marques were amongst the top sellers. Best result on the night was achieved by a 1965 Porsche 356C cabriolet in Bali Blue with a tan leather interior and matching fabric roof. Delivered new in Germany, but professionally converted to RHD some time later, this lovely example of the final production year for the 356 was fitted with the optional rear-mounted luggage rack and a pair of classic flip-down Porsche rear seats. With an owner’s manual and service book included, the car was expected to sell in the $230,000 - $260,000 range. That assessment was spot on, as the car sold for $236,000. Another big money unit was a 1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith with a Gurney Nutting…