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Just Cars #285 20-02

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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ford previews 2020 mustang gt

A head of its arrival in November, Ford has released details on the Mustang GT for 2020. Given styling and specification upgrades were added in 2019, there are no major additions for the 2020 Mustang, but there are new colour choices, a special appearance package and an expansion of the factory service programme. “Customers have been asking for more ways to customise and individualise their vehicle, so we’re pleased to offer more ways of doing that,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Kay Hart. “These new offerings help make the 2020 Mustang really stand out, and for the first time, our Ford Service Benefits program, with our Service Price Promise, is part of Mustang ownership, too.” SERVICE PLUS Including the Mustang in the Ford Service Benefits programme means that purchasers of new Mustangs will be…

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ford adds hi-po engine to ecoboost mustang

The EcoBoost version of Ford’s Mustang will be available with more grunt for 2020 when the ‘High Performance’ version arrives. The current EcoBoost turbocharged 2.3-litre four Mustang produces 224kW and 441Nm. The High Performance 2.3L produces 236kW and 448Nm – the highest output yet from a roadgoing four-cylinder Mustang. The extra grunt comes from the utilisation of a larger 63mm twin-scroll turbocharger (as used in the Focus RS) that delivers 90 per cent of peak power from 2,500 to 5,300rpm as well as a broader torque curve. Gear ratios, in both the six-speed manual and ten-speed automatic, have been adjusted to suit, with a 3.55:1 final drive ratio on the manual (up from 3.31:1). Thicker stabiliser bars feature front and rear, and MagneRide suspension is available as an option, while the aluminium alloy…

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end of the line for vw beetle

After more than seven years and 500,000 cars built, production of the modern Volkswagen Beetle has ended. The final car, a coupe in Stonewashed Blue, was built on 10 July at Volkswagen de Mexico’s Puebla plant and will go into the factory’s adjacent museum as production switches to a compact SUV. The two cars built immediately before the last, finished in Kings Red and fitted with quilted seats, a custom dash and special keys, will go into Volkswagen of America’s collection in the USA. The last Beetles built were actually the third generation to wear the Beetle name. The first, as most know, was conceived by Ferdinand Porsche in Nazi Germany, but only a handful were produced at a purpose-built factory in Wolfsburg before World War II started. Production recommenced at Wolfsburg in…

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alvis expands ‘continuation series’ production

It may surprise some to know that British marque Alvis is not only still in operation, but still producing cars on a limited basis. Under the control of parent company, Red Triangle, the manufacture of replacement parts, servicing and restoration of original Alvis cars by ‘The Alvis Car Company’ has been going on for many years. More recently, a ‘Continuation Series’ of new Alvis cars, hand-built in the style of the original models, was added. That programme has now been expanded, with The Alvis Car Company offering two different chassis and six different body derivatives, based on those originally produced by the likes of Park Ward, Graber and Vanden Plas. A choice of 3.0-litre and 4.3-litre six-cylinder engines will be available, based on original Works designs, but with modern fuel injection and engine…

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lotus reveals evija

Lotus has gone electric in a serious way, announcing an all-new model – the Evija – which is due for release in 2020. Pronounced ‘e-vy-yah’, the upcoming model is claimed by Lotus to be the first all-electric British hypercar, while its projected 1,400kW maximum power and 1,700Nm maximum torque will also make it the world’s most powerful series production road car. While Lotus says ‘series production’, the Evija won’t be an ongoing model, with production limited to 130 units, reflecting the vehicle’s internal code – Type 130. A halo model for the existing Elise, Exiga and Evora range, the Evija will also preview a range of new Lotus performance models, according to the carmaker’s CEO, Phil Popham. “The Lotus Evija is a car like no other. It will re-establish our brand in the hearts…

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aussie, us muscle tops shannons melbourne auction

Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction on 15 July saw no major surprises amongst the vehicles consigned, with an XA Falcon GT hardtop the top-seller, followed by a Dodge Charger. Finished in iconic Red Pepper, the Inverell, NSW-delivered 351 V8 and four-speed manual-equipped car was one of just 891 2-door examples made of Ford’s first truly Australian Falcon GT. The auctioned example was ordered with several factory options, including a black bonnet paint-out, tint-band laminated windscreen and Super Fringe Deluxe push-button radio. Restored 18 years ago, with the black vinyl interior trim refreshed five years ago, the GT still looked tight and came to auction with a $150,000 high estimate, which it exceeded to sell for $153,000. Another Aussie classic to exceed its estimate was a 1976 LX Torana SL/R 3300 that had been…