Fantasy Friday: NG Saab 9-5 V6 XWD Wagon (i.e. Unicorn For Sale)

[hr] [dropcap]S[/dropcap]aabs were only produced under Spyker’s ownership for a period of 15 months or so and the company released two all-new models in that time – the 9-5 and the 9-4x. Given its short production run prior to bankruptcy, a new generation Saab 9-5 – even in sedan form – is a reasonably rare thing. A Saab 9-4x is even rarer because GM pulled the manufacturing rug out from under Saab’s feet pretty soon after production commenced. The genuine rocking-horse-poo rarity award, however, has to go to the Saab 9-5 SportCombi, or wagon, in common parlance. Only 27 of […]

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Weekend Reading – Ferrari Dino 308 GT4

[hr] I posted a Fantasy Friday entry yesterday, featuring the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4. I should have done some more research before posting, and (as always) I should have done that research at Hemmings. We have a regular visitor in our midst who just happens to be one of the scribes at Hemmings. His name’s Mark McCourt and he left a comment in yesterday’s FF entry that sent me reading two articles from Hemmings that I’d like to pass on for your perusal this weekend. The first is Hemmings’ look at a 308 GT4, owned by a guy on the […]

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Fantasy Friday – Ferrari Dino 308 GT4

[hr] [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ife’s too short to never own a mid-engined Italian V8. Gearheads might consider that quote to be agreeable, but getting a mid-engine Italian V8 is not like buying a Corolla. It takes dedication and a commitment to the goals of both acquisition and ownership. It’s not for everyone and on many levels, it shouldn’t really be for anyone. And yet….. who wouldn’t want one, one day? There are currently two ways to get into a “reasonably priced” Ferrari in Australia (if your idea of reasonably affordable is to pay from $30K upwards for a 1970’s Italian with an intermittent […]

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Fantasy Friday (On Tuesday) – Lancia Fulvia HF 1600

Let it be known I have no buyer’s remorse. I love my 968CS and hope to keep it (or a car like it) for a long, long time. That said, I spent a LOT of 2013 looking for a Lancia Fulvia and still have a deep affection for the little Italian. Even my wife loves them! If this Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF were advertised a few months ago instead of just coming on the market this week, I would have taken a very close look. If it checked out, there’s a distinct possibility I would have bought it.

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Fantasy Friday – What’s In A Name?

Here’s a nice little litmus test to show how much people are willing to pay for what they believe is the genuine article. In this case, it’s a Porsche Speedster. —— I think the Speedster might be where Porsche’s habit of success with selling stripped-out versions of its cars got started. The Speedster was basically a lightweight version of Porsche 356 convertible. The idea originated in the US, where Porsche’s distributor wanted a cheaper, lighter model to sell to US customers. The Speedster had a shortened, removable windscreen, basic fixed-back bucket seats, plastic curtains for side windows and minimal clutter […]

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Fantasy Friday – Pontiac Mera

This car popped up on a random Facebook feed earlier today – thanks Joop! – and I just had to know more. It’s so cheesy and so GM (although not officially) that I couldn’t resist elevating it to Fantasy Friday status. Is there any mid-engined supercar from the 1980’s that hasn’t been used as the basis for a kit-car and hung on the shoulders of a Pontiac Fiero? My wife’s cousin has a Fieroghini, for example. I have to admit, they’re fun to see on the road and they’re even fun to drive, but I’m not sure I’d want to […]

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Fantasy Friday – Renault-Alpine A110

Is the Alpine A110 the discerning man’s classic car bargain of the moment? I was inspired to do this Fantasy Friday post by a photo feature on Petrolicious earlier this week. There’s a sample of it above. Click here to see the full shoot. You might be familiar with the Alpine A110. Or maybe you haven’t heard of it. Or perhaps you’re like me and have only come across it relatively recently. I’ve only been aware of this elegant classic for a few years thanks to a friend’s interest in Renault Sport vehicles. So what is the Alpine A110, aside […]

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Fantasy Friday (on Sunday) – TVR 3000M

What are the classic signs of insanity? Hairy palms? Hallucinations? Violent mood swings? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Voting conservative? I think it’s fairly safe to add ‘buying a TVR’ to that list. And yet here we are, collectively poised to lust after what is reputed to be one of the most unreliable and notoriously rusty cars that ever existed. TVR occupied the same mind-space as Ferrari and Lamborghini for me as I lounged around my teenage bedroom thumbing through CAR Magazine and Wheels magazine in the 1980’s. TVR was remote and exotic. […]

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Fantasy Friday – Toyota Celica (Mustang) Liftback

This week’s Fantasy Friday entry was inspired by a car I saw on the road in Hobart earlier this week (see above). Early model Japanese sports cars are rarely going to approach the value of their European counterparts but there is a fierce little community dedicated to the preservation of these cars and their work is gaining in appreciation. Values are gaining ground, too. You can easily fork out over $40,000 for some early Japanese sports cars that would have been sold for scrap 10 years ago. The 1st generation Toyota Celica Liftback is not one of those $40,000+ cars […]

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Fantasy Friday – Ferrari 246 Dino GTS

Welcome to the first instalment of Fantasy Friday, a momentary brainstorm idea that may or may not be continued in the future. I spend a LOT of time on various car-selling websites so I thought I’d pick a car from time-to-time to share on here. Any car shown on Fantasy Friday will be a car that’s available for sale at the time of publication (so hopefully a friend can buy it and I can go for a drive!!). As it came up in comments a few days ago, I thought I’d share this Ferrari 246 Dino that’s coming up for […]

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