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Just Cars #282 19-12

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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“the italian job” lamborghini miura rediscovered

It’s one of the great “car movies” of all time (VASTLY superior to the 2003 remake) and arguably did more for Mini Cooper sales than anything else that decade, but the 1969 feature film, The Italian Job, wasn’t all about the hot little British cars. The film opens with a Lamborghini Miura negotiating the Great St Bernard Pass (between Switzerland and Italy) at speed, with the vision flicking between external shots of the Miura, the driver (Italian actor Rossano Brazzi) at the wheel and the driver’s view out of the windscreen as the title credits roll. As everyone who’s seen the film knows, that opening ends dramatically when Brazzi’s character enters a tunnel, only to run head-on into a bulldozer, ending him and his Miura in a mafia ‘hit’. Lambo lovers probably wince…

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torana xu-1 tops shannons melbourne auction

A 1972 Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 soared past its pre-auction estimate to be the top-selling car at Shannons Melbourne Autumn Auction on 29 April. While heritage number plates still dominate in terms of overall sales (including the Vic reg ‘59’ plate that sold for $535,000), most of the car consignments for this auction performed well, with some exceeding pre-auction estimates. The Torana came to the Melbourne auction with No Reserve, but a guiding range of $80,000 - $100,000. What made this particular example unusual was its rare ‘Strike Me Pink’ paint and paperwork showing it to be the first documented LJ-model XU-1 produced at the GM-H Elizabeth plant. Delivered new to Melville Motors in South Australia, the Torana was racing as a Sports Sedan in Western Australia not long after, log-booked by…

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win a trip to the indy 500 with shannons

Shannons’ newest auto-themed competition will see the winner score a trip to the Holy Grail of American racing – the Indianapolis 500. The 14-day trip - in May, 2020 - will see the winner and a friend start their adventure in New York, then fly to Chicago to pick up a Lincoln Continental hire car (subject to availability) to drive to Indianapolis, with stopovers in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky, to visit unique museums, exclusive automobile collections and other tourist attractions. At the 2020 Indy 500, the winner’s race weekend package includes Paddock Penthouse tickets and pre-race pit passes for two, motor coach transportation, VIP Reserved seating for the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade and much more – even a police escort to the track on race day! After the race weekend at Indianapolis…

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classic holden recovered

In JUST CARS #269, we reported on Travis McKimmie’s Holden HG utility that had been impounded by French Customs due to alleged “secret compartments” in the vehicle to store drugs. Now, more than a year after it was seized at the French port of Calais, Travis has finally got his ute. The back story to this is that Travis, an expat Aussie living in the UK, had seen the HG ute advertised for sale in Holland in March, 2018, and bought it. The ute was freighted to Calais, where Travis had arranged to pick it up and trailer it back home (with a view to using it as his daily driver). However, in a routine border check, French Customs found traces of cannabis in the vehicle. Further inspection uncovered the footwells in…

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‘half & half’ corvette donated to ncm

The National Corvette Museum (NCM) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, recently unveiled a new vehicle in the museum’s display - one with a history that goes back to the earliest days of America’s Sports Car. This past April, a new Gateway exhibit, focusing on the backstory to the Corvette and the inspirations behind its creation, saw an unusual ‘1953’ Corvette take pride of place. What made this particular first-year ‘Vette unusual was that half of the body was removed. Recently built, the aim of the ‘half and half’ car was to be both a teaching aid and a display vehicle – so it was a perfect fit for the NCM. A less obvious feature on the cutaway car was the fact that its chassis was the third built – #003 – (E53F001003, to be…

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2019 vic minishow preview

With this year marking the 60th Anniversary for the Mini, celebrations are being held all over the world. This coming July, it’ll be Melbourne’s turn when the Victorian Mini Club (VMCI) host ‘Minishow 2019’ at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds. Scheduled for July 7, Minishow 2019 will welcome all eras of Minis, from the classic round nose, through the clubman and on to the modern Mini, as well as variants, like the Wolseley Hornet and Riley Elf, and custom Minis, so there’s really something for everyone! End-to-end displays of old and new cars, restored or original, will feature, with prizes up for grabs for display cars across a number of categories. Penrite Oil have generously donated oil and associated products for category winners. Minishow 2019 will also feature trade stands covering all your Mini…