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Just Cars #274 19-04

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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vale bob jane

Australian motorsport lost one of its great champions from the post-war era when Bob Jane passed away on 28 September, aged 88. A four-time Australian Touring Car Champion, four-time Armstrong 500 winner, dual Sports Sedan champion, member of the Supercars Hall of Fame and Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame, Jane died following a long battle with prostate cancer that started in 1997, with his health comprised further by a recent stroke. A statement issued by Jane’s youngest children, Courtney, Charlotte, and Robert, on 29 September, read: “It is with great sadness that we would like to share the passing of our dad, Bob Jane (Robert Frederick Jane). “After a long and brave fight with prostate cancer, he passed away last evening at 88 years of age, Friday September 28, 2018, surrounded by his…

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vw to end beetle production

After the original version ceased production in 2003, the ‘New Beetle’ is set to join it in the pages of automotive history, with Volkswagen announcing production of the current version will end next year. Built in VW’s Puebla factory in Mexico, the “A5” New Beetle’s demise has been on the cards since March, but was made official in September when Volkswagen of America announced that manufacture will end in July, 2019. The Beetle will bow out with two special models: the ‘Final Edition SE’ and ‘Final Edition SEL’. To be offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, the Final Editions include exclusive equipment and what VW call “unique upscale décor elements designed to send the Beetle off in style”. While running gear will be the standard Beetle’s 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol four-cylinder…

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“aussie” olds to be auctioned in uk

Amongst the consignments for their 17 October sale at the Imperial War Museum’s (IWM) Duxford facility in Cambridgeshire, UK auction house H&H Classics have a 1903 ‘curved dash’ Oldsmobile runabout. What makes this example special is that it was delivered new to Australia and spent more than sixty years of its 115-year life here. Bearing chassis number 8691, what sort of use the Oldsmobile was subjected to in Australia is unknown, but it was more than likely employed on some rough roads in its earliest years. The 4.5hp single-cylinder runabout has been restored at some stage in the past, but whether that was done here or in the UK is unrecorded. What is known is that since it arrived in the UK in the late 1960s, it’s been a regular participant in the…

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vw present i.d. buzz ‘cargo’ concept

Volkswagen’s Kombi-inspired I.D. Buzz may be joined by a commercial companion in the I.D. Buzz ‘Cargo’. Unveiled in concept form at Germany’s IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover this past September, the I.D. Buzz Cargo is a load-lugging version of the I.D. Buzz people mover. Both take styling inspiration from VW’s Type 2 that debuted in 1949 and was offered in van, trayback and various forms of people mover, best known here as the Kombi, but also labelled as the Transporter and Microbus. Like the I.D. Buzz that was unveiled at last year’s Detroit Motor Show, the I.D. Buzz Cargo is based on VW’s MEB modular platform and is electric powered. While the I.D. Buzz will reach showrooms in 2022, VW says the Cargo version “could” come to market a year earlier. Longer…

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marilyn monroe t-bird to be auctioned

A 1956 Ford Thunderbird described as originally belonging to Marilyn Monroe is expected to break all records for a factory-spec T-Bird of it’s era when it goes to auction in the US this November. The car is believed to have been a Christmas gift to Monroe from photographer Milton Greene, who was also the Hollywood star’s business partner at ‘Marilyn Monroe Productions’; the name under which the car was originally bought in December, 1955. Fitted with the ‘power pack’ 168kW (225hp) 312ci V8 and Fordomatic auto transmission, the car was fully-equipped with power steering, power brakes, power windows and even power seats. The car was also supplied with rear wheel spats, a continental kit spare wheel (standard in 1956), the distinctive removable hardtop with porthole windows and finished in Raven Black paint. Period…

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ferrari create ‘monza’ specials

Following the lead of other carmakers, like Jaguar, Volkswagen, Fiat and most recently Peugeot, in dipping into their past to create new models, Ferrari has produced the ‘Monza’. Unveiled at the Maranello factory on 18 September, the Monza is the first in a series of limited-edition ‘special series’ cars – what Ferrari call ‘Icona’ - inspired by the famous marque’s past. Icona models will be aimed at dedicated Ferrari clients and collectors, and while production will be limited, Ferrari hasn’t clarified exactly how many units of each special series car will be built. CHOICE OF ONE… OR TWO The Monza will be offered in a choice of ‘SP1’ or ‘SP2’ configurations, both of which are open-top barchettas, the main difference between the two being that one is a single-seater, while the other has room…