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.
Stated as an SVO on its HSV data plate, this one was listed on Graysonline in Spetember 2020. Needs a bit of body work by the look of it, but all repairable and looks to be fairly solid. Paint needs a touch up. The car has less than 150K on the odometer, so very low if genuine. A nice modern HSV luxury classic, might go at a bargain price (asking just over $4k with 2 days to run at the time of posting).
South African import
1976 Austin Leyland Mini Clubman 1100S (Australian Compliance)
XA2S2003813 / XA252003813
Imported to Australia from Joburg early 90s
Side badge Leyland Suid Afrika
Internal hinges. Wind up full door glass, push button external door handles
Full documentation and historically significant useage history prior to export
This vehicle is still legally owned by me and vehicle details are recorded as stolen. Legal investigations are ongoing as of September 2020.
Spotted on Gumtree Australia, this is the FWD Turbo version of the TX3. They are essentially a derivative of the Group A Rally Mazda Familia (although, in this version its only the 12wd, but stil has the same DOHC turbo engine). Great power to weight ratio, and the car looks in reaosnable condition if the high mileage is correct. There are a few of these that have survived and they're hbecoming popular! A bargain turbo hatch to watch for sure!
This G11 Turbo was spotted on Gumtree.com.au for sale in the Gold Coast, QLD. The car has supposedly been fitted with a new motor and only has 3,000km on the clock, tuned by "Pits" on the goldcoast. It looks like it's had its bumbers painted (the originals were black), along with the sude door rubbing strips, and some Gen 4 GTi wheels have been fitted which don't look bad at all.
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Offered through a dealer in Leichardt in 2020, this is one of the rare De Tomaso Daihatsu Charades - offered in this generation only in the Japanese market. The car was factory modified with a rav=ce derived camshaft, and the 1.6l engine produced 91kw. De Tomaso applied their custom body kit, and Recaro seats were fitted standard. The cars are fairly unique and sought after these days. At the time we spotted this one, it was asking over $15,000. We suspect it will more likely find a buter at the $10 - 12K mark.
If you’re looking for a great entry level 80s classic, the Charade G11 Turbo should be on your list. It provides a simple and fun formula which has seen it develop a cult following here in Australia and around the world. This example is an original survivor car which has benefited from some recent engine enhancement work, but otherwise remains in factory original condition, and is offered at a very reasonable price for an appreciating classic.
The 1980s saw the introduction of many turbocharged performance and luxury cars, but such cars usually came with a hefty price tag. However, several companies began offering small capacity cheap performance cars sporting turbo technology, and Daihatsu’s weapon of choice for the sector was the Charade G11 Turbo.
Before the mid-1980s, Daihatsu Australia had never marketed a high performance vehicle, specialising only in basic passenger and commercial vehicles at affordable prices. But the company was active in motorsport and particularly in international rallying. Daihatsu developed a ‘Group A’ rally version of the G11 Charade, competed in the 1985 Safari rally, and had even prepared a mid-engine ‘Group B’ car just before that category was banned. These performance cars all carried modified versions of the 3-cylinder engine applied to the road car. This presence in motorsport meant that serious R & D formed the basis of the road going Charade Turbo.
The standard model G11 Charade used a 993cc engine called the ‘CB23’ producing 38kw of power. The G11 Charade Turbo was based on this same engine, but with its modifications was known as the ‘CB60’ motor. It was a joint venture between Daihatsu Japan and IHI-Hitachi, who supplied the tiny RHB32 turbocharger which at the time was one of the smallest in the world applied to a production car. The turbo pressurised a downdraft Aisan carburettor to around 7 psi. Due to the mild boost level, no form of intercooling was required, and the CB60 motor produced between 50 and 59kw from the factory (depending on the market).
Being an Australian market car, in factory form this example produced 50kw through a standard 5-speed manual box (with uprated clutch). However, the current owner has had some work done to the engine to generate some extra power. The head has been die grinded, lowering the engine’s compression. This enables the car to run with higher boost pressure (it is currently running happily at 10 PSI). Needless to say, this adds significantly to the car’s performance, particularly noting it weighs around 700kg. The current owner has also installed a period 80s turbo timer on the car.
In the handling department, there were also a number of enhancements applied to the turbo models. They were factory fitted with 13 x 5 inch hotwire style wheels (these had increased in width by half an inch over the series 1 turbo cars). The suspension was also upgraded. In the front, MacPherson struts received uprated springs, a solid 24mm anti-roll bar and a quicker ratio rack and pinion steering. Steering is not power assisted, but you don’t really need that in a car of 700kg. At the rear, a 21mm hollow sway bar and uprated springs were also applied.
On the outside the car retains its original silver metallic paint. Most of the paint and panels are in great condition, but there are a few small dents and scratches as you’d expect for a 35 year old car. The car also has its original “Turbo” stickers on the trunk lid and the black rear door rub strips on both sides. There are larger decal upgrades you can get for these cars if you want to make it clearer to others that it’s the Turbo. The rear bumper retains its original red insert, but on the front bumper it appears to be missing. There is also a small corner of the driver’s side front bumper that has broken off.
Inside, the car has original red and black cloth sports trim which presents in good condition for the age, and is very striking in appearance. It’s certainly a world apart from the trim applied to the standard Charade. Factory bucket seats were fitted to the turbo, and the red/black colour scheme also extends to the door cards. There is some fading in the colour on the top of the rear seats from the sun, and some general wear and tear as you would expect. For practicality, the current owner has installed central locking and air conditioning, and both systems work very well.
Anything on these cars can be easily replaced, and spare parts seem to be in plentiful supply on Ebay, Gumtree and Facebook marketplace (thanks to many Turbo cars being wrecked over the years). The number of these cars wrecked makes it all the more important to preserve the survivors, and thankfully most parts also have the benefit of being fairly affordable. This car is the perfect way to get into the 80s classic car market, at a very reasonable price.
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Although it needs some serious work, these older Skylines are few and far between and it’s worth saving whatever you can get your hands on. In the Australian market, the C210 was available as a coupe or sedan, but it seems that very few of the former have survived. At the time of writing, we’ve only been able to spot one other C210 coupe for sale – a restored and modified example of a JDM 2000 GT which is asking $55,000 – "see it here on carsales.com.au
The subject car is an Australian market vehicle complied in May 1978, and was registered in Melbourne by the previous owner over 20 years ago, wearing the registration plate AFS.547. The current owner has relevant registration documentation confirming the vehicle’s Australian registration history, and since purchasing the car it has been stored on a farm in the NSW Riverina region.
As an Australian vehicle, it’s fitted with the L24 Straight 6-cylinder engine. This engine was never offered in the Japanese-market C210, but made it to most export markets. This particular car has the single carby setup, but could be easily upgraded to a twin side drought carby setup, or you could upgrade to the Bosch L Jetronic fuel injection system (the L24E engine) that was available in certain markets including Europe. There are no doubt enthusiasts out there who would also have RB and SR series engine conversions in mind, but we’d love to see it kept close to original spec.
One great feature of this example is its factory fitted 5-speed manual transmission (a 3-speed auto was optional at the time). It also has variable ratio power steering (a system manufactured in Japan under licence from ZF Germany), 4-wheel power assisted disc brakes and fully independent suspension. Unfortunately, non JDM cars always came with the rectangular tail lights, and the afterburners were reserved for the Japanese market only. There always seem to be a few stove top conversion panels coming up on Ebay to really give it that JDM look, if desired.
These coupes were fairly well appointed for their time, with features such as electric windows, side window demisters, stereo cassette player, push button radio, an overhead storage console, adjustable tilt steering wheel and a 4-way adjustable driver’s seat. The cars also had rather extensive instrumentation which included a digital quartz clock and a vacuum gauge to indicate how economically you were driving. All seating is trimmed in velour cloth, and black vinyl is applied to the door cards and dashboard. Also fitted was a rear window wiper / washer and 14-inch alloy wheels (including the spare). Brochures suggest the coupe was also available with optional air conditioning, but it’s not fitted on this particular car. We’ve included a few foreign brochures, and one Australian brochure image we’ve found from the Skylines Australia (SAU) forum.
As you can see by the images, this is a big project requiring plenty of body and trim work, and many replacement parts will need to be sourced. It retains its original metallic green paint (possibly paint code 716? We’ll leave that to the experts to confirm.). The car also has its full set of original 14-inch 16-spoke alloy wheels, including the spare, and it comes with its original and complete tool kit.
There is rust in the mudguard sills and doors, but behind those detachable panels which can be replaced, the car is not as bad as you would expect. The floors and sills have held up relatively well, but still require attention in some areas – refer to the images where some under carpet shots have been taken.
Inside, the car will need re-trimming work throughout, and certain parts such as the dash top will need to be either replaced or sent to someone like the The Dashboard Doctor down in Melbourne to work their magic. Presumably, some of the parts on the dash and elsewhere will be interchangeable with the sedan, which should assist in broadening the rare parts pool for the next owner. The engine turns over freely, but the car is not currently running. The reason for this is that the radiator, plugs etc. have all been disconnected. With the missing parts installed, the seller notes that the motor should run as is with some fresh oil and fuel (it was running when parked).
The car is located at Balranald, in south-western NSW. It is strongly recommended that you come and have a look at the car. Please contact the seller, Ross, by signing in and clicking the contact seller button at the top of this page.
Purchased from Romsey in Victoria around 1995 - originally Nugget Gold.
Full restoration from ground up. Non original paint code or trim, custom dash, 1275 engine with a little work and SC Gearbox. Standard flaring with 5.5 Mini Lites x 12. Brakes converted to 4 pot and booster added.
This was going to be a quick fixer upper but ended up being stripped and built from the ground up.