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.
Advertised on Ebay.com.au in May 2018, this late model 320ce is a high mileage example, but a rare late model with the 3.2 engine which you see very few of. Still looks to be holding up relatively well for its age and mileage, as you'd expect from the W124 merc. Look forward to seeing a few more of these 320CE coupes and convertibles added to the register.
Spotted on Ebay Australia in May 2019 - must be the only Chrysler LeBaron Town and Country Convertible in Australia, or at most one of a handful, given there were only around 1,100 built. This example is in excellent condition, has air conditioning, power steering and power windows, upholstery and interior show almost no wear. Power top still works. This is something a little different which you don't ever see down under.. An interesting collector car if you're into 80s American vehicles. I think this is the first one on Classicregister.com!
Spotted this MK2 S advertised on ebay.com.au in May 2019. Looks to be in excellent condition. The owner at the time noted that it may have been one of the cars restored at Mini & Moke World, Brookvale - was on their webpage apparently. Nice to see another Camino Gold MK2 example - a very rare Australian Cooper S withouly around 2,500 MK2s built. If you've got one, please add yours to the register.
This example was advertised on Ebay Australia in May 2019. An original car fully complete, but needs a stripe kit added and a bit of TLC. This one has an auto transmission. The seller noted the car was updated with a later B230E and 4 Spd auto.
If you've got a 242 GT we'd love to see yours on the register. Sign up and add yours so we can preserve the details of the GTs - see the others on the register below.
Offered for the first time in 37 years, this 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Salamanca De Ville has an impressive history and is one of the grandest designs produced by the marque in the late 1920s.
The car was sold new in 1927 to Hollywood heavyweight Joseph M Schenck. He had purchased the Rolls for his then wife, Norma Talmadge, one of the most popular US idols of the 1920s as a silent film actor and producer. A copy of the original sales receipt dated 14 May 1927 is included with the vehicle’s extensive records, confirming all original specifications and delivery details.
Although this Phantom was sold new in the US, it was not built in the US plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. Rather, the chassis and mechanicals were produced in the Derby factory in the UK, and the car was shipped to the US to have its body fitted by Brewster & Co – which by 1927 was a Rolls-Royce owned coach builder. This makes the car particularly unique, as the Brewster bodies were mostly fitted to the Springfield built cars. This would be one of very few Derby built Phantoms designated with a Brewster & Co body from new. Most notably, the British built vehicles had a longer wheel base than the US built cars, US being 146½ in (3721.1 mm) vs UK 150½ (3822.7 mm). The car’s body remains unmodified in its original design other than the addition of a second matching tail lamp (originally, only one lamp was fitted to the left side of the vehicle per US requirements). The tail lamps are the same as those fitted to the Pierce Arrow vehicles of the era. The car retains its original correct numbered engine (AA65) as noted in its order documentation held by the seller, and other than regular maintenance remains mechanically original.
After ownership by Talmadge and Schenck, the car remained in the Hollywood area and began a career of its own. It appeared prominently in three major films during 1964: "Bikini Beach Party", "Shock Treatment", and "Robin and the Seven Hoods". The car also featured in print throughout the 1960s and 70s. In particular, the car is featured in Raymond Lee’s 1969 book “Fit for the Chase: Cars and the Movies”, and “Cars of the Stars” published in 1974 by George Barris and Jack Scagnetti – both books celebrating prominent vehicles in the film industry. It also appeared in the May 1973 edition of "Playboy Magazine", a copy of which will accompany the vehicle in the sale. In May 1979, the car was sold at the Movie World Celebrity Car Auction. At the auction, the car was purchased by an Australian collector who exported it to Sydney, before selling the car to the current owner in 1982.
From 1982 and throughout the 1990s the car was mainly used at shows or for wedding events. However, the car again played a role in the 1987 Australian film “I’ve Come about the Suicide”, and appeared in a Toyota advertisement during the 1990s. In 2008, the car was prominently used in a scene of the “Australia” movie, standing in the aftermath of the Darwin bombing. The car then appeared in the 2013 film "The Great Gatsby", as Daisy Buchanan’s (Gatsby’s girlfriend’s) car. It would be difficult to find another Phantom with such a long and prominent film career as this example, with plenty of potential to build on its CV into the future.
The car was last repainted in 1990 with the upper body finished in Shell Grey, a factory Rolls-Royce colour from the 1950s. This colour is close to the colour of the car in much of its film work in the 1960s. The original order/specification sheet does not specify what colour the car was originally painted. However, the current owner notes there was evidence of black paint under the existing silver paint when the 1990 paint job was being completed. The vinyl roof on the car is still in good condition, and was refurbished whilst the car was in the US (possibly as early as the 1960s).
The front bench seat was reupholstered in black leather in 1990 when the paint was done, and prior to that was trimmed in a beige leather (which can be seen in its 1960s film roles”). Inside the rear cabin, the timber work is in good condition, and the beige cloth trim is presentable.
Mechanically, the car runs and drives well. It has always been well serviced, with the current owner being a mechanic and Rolls-Royce enthusiast.
Included in the sale is a copy of the car’s original order sheet and extensive documentation collected over the years by the seller. Also included are the car’s Californian registration plates (9V 89), and the New York plates (856) which were fitted for the Great Gatsby film.
For more information or to arrange an inspection please contact the seller, Peter, by signing in and clicking the contact author button at the top of this page to reveal the telephone number.
This Mark VI Bentley is one of only 5,202 built, and would make an excellent hire car or club car, with the paint and trim both in outstanding condition. This particular car has been owned by a Rolls-Royce / Bentley enthusiast in the Southern Highlands, NSW for the last couple of years, and has been used occasionally as a wedding hire car.
As the pictures demonstrate, the body is in excellent condition, and the paint polishes up very well. The leather interior has been recently refurbished, and presents in immaculate condition. The woodgrain trim throughout the car is excellent, with only the dash-top needing a polish, although it's still in good presentable condition.
All panels align very well on the car, and we've included a number of images showing the condition of the sills and undercarriage. The car has been fitted with a Rolls Royce engine (details will be confirmed shortly), and runs very well. We will soon be uploading a video showing the car running.
Registered until September 2019, the car is ready to be enjoyed by the next enthusiast. More details and images are coming soon. To arrange an inspection, please contact Peter by logging in and clicking the contact seller button above.
Spotted this example on ebay.com.au in May 2019. It looks to be in excellent original condition, with the factory paint and trim nearly perfect, and fairly low mileage (160,000km) - very low for the cars age. Most we see have 250,000km and over on the clock. The W124 coupes are one of the best looking and quality cars Merc built, but at this time (2019), and for the past 5 years at least, they have struggled to pull more than 10K AUD.
We had spotted this one advertised for some time on Gumtree.com.au in 2018, and early 2019. Te car looks to have a bit of rust but is complete and (we think) worth saving. At the time of offering it was priced under $5,000 AUD. Hefty mileage at nearly 350,000.. Good to see nice examples out there, and doesn't look bad in the two tone paint. There looks to be only a handful of cars on the register - see the others below.
This car has been advertised in late 2018 / early 2019 in Vic, from 2 different sellers. Thec car is apparently originally a Camino Gold GT. Several people who inspected this car noted that it had a 1380cc engine on the original gearbox, but had the original engine which is sold separately with the car. The front seats had also supposedly been re-trimmed, but there is no images of those.