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  1. #21
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    I would love to have a replica VN GrpA , VK GrpA or VL GrpA (HDT or HSV) in the garage to take on a blast around the block ... I could modify the drive line and suspension as much as funds allow , and not be de-valuing an original vehicle .

    As mentioned above , it's when a@****s try to present them as the real deal it becomes serious !!

  2. #22
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    The price values of originals are in a "bubble zone". Any economic slow down could bring a big price correction on collectables...Driving an original is often quite a let down, e.g Ford XW to XC with manual steering 16:1 Box recirculating ball, with no brakes, falcon 351 with Fragile Heavy Cleveland block at front. Correct Period tyres would also enlighten you on progress.

    If I had a car from LH Torana to VL it would be a fake with an LS Swap, steering and brake mods, and even air con to make it even more fully fake.
    Last edited by SenatorW; 17-04-2019 at 02:52 PM.

  3. #23
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    I certainly agree that there is a dark side in replica parts, how they are obtained, and the full story might well be pretty suspect, then there's the reproduction part industry as well. I think it's a good industry, but what is the final intent of GTS guards, SLR/SS badges and steering wheels. I would be very careful with any Brock History, with one off builds three to four versions of the VH SS, one off VK builds, multiple VL versions. If you're paying original price be careful.

    Example perfect 355 VH SS, did Brock do it as a special, was most of the car at Bertie street but it now has a 355, or was it a production line VHSS and it never saw Bertie street. And where does that leave some Bill L and Pe***### era cars. Or is it a perfect ground up replica.
    Last edited by SenatorW; 17-04-2019 at 02:58 PM.

  4. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by SenatorW View Post
    The price values of originals are in a "bubble zone". Any economic slow down could bring a big price correction on collectables...Driving an original is often quite a let down, e.g Ford XW to XC with manual steering 16:1 Box recirculating ball, with no brakes, falcon 351 with Fragile Heavy Cleveland block at front. Correct Period tyres would also enlighten you on progress.

    If I had a car from LH Torana to VL it would be a fake with an LS Swap, steering and brake mods, and even air con to make it even more fully fake.
    Good points lol

  5. #25
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    Tribute/replicas are a good way for people to enjoy something they love without the high cost and risk of genuine cars.

    Also, tribute/replica shouldn't be a painting a VK SL 3.3 blue and throwing a 300000km LS1 in it.

  6. #26
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    A Firethorn Red VH factory 4.2 SS with a 308 or 355, with some replica parts or "back of a truck parts" plus an ebay "HDT improved plates" can get confusing, especially if some Bill L franchise, or LP franchise paperwork is added. Add SS Group 3 stickers for effect and bodykit. With a 355 it may well go better than a Bertie street car. With an LS which can be dressed old school at least you're not trying to convince anyone.

  7. #27
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    I'd like to know which of the originals this forum rates as a good modern drive and not for just locking away. My vote would be a genuine A9X hatchback. Again, if it had an untuned 308, and M21 gearbox, it would be blown away by any turbo AWD DSG hatch (another way of blowing your money). Then there is a GMPA shell A9X, the engine is less constrained as it was delivered mainly to race teams with no compliance plates, it should have an Ian Tate/Les Small/Perkins style 308, a better gearbox, and uprated brakes would not be much shame either etc.

    A Bertie street HDT is obviously a good drive, again a lot not all of the full Brock engines, are out powered by modern V6 platforms.

    May be we drive HSVs because they have old school traits with usability.
    Last edited by SenatorW; 24-04-2019 at 02:31 PM.

  8. #28
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    I had an LX SS hatchback in 1995. It was a great car but a pig to drive. I had a VN SS at the same time which lacked the LX muscle but had modern comforts. Being in north Qld having that extra heat of the LX through the floor is terrible as a daily.

    SV5000 is a great car as a daily. I owned one with a manual. One of my VL Walkinshaw cars was a daily. The downside wasnt the low spoilers but the crappy AC. VN really improved a lot over VL in that respect.
    Of all the cars I currently own I prefer to drive my 220 XR8 as a daily. It has an older HSV feel and the handbuilt Windsor is brilliant.
    Toy 1 - 1997 Tickford EL GT #068
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  9. #29
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    I can't think of anything that looks as tough as an A9X, especially in Marlboro livery, Ls3 and t56, Aircon, bilsteins and eibachs, bazinga.

  10. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratsmow View Post
    I can't think of anything that looks as tough as an A9X, especially in Marlboro livery, Ls3 and t56, Aircon, bilsteins and eibachs, bazinga.
    Sounds awesome to me,....BUT,....Marlboro not allowed,..and a bit over the top for street use, plain white or red for me,....other than that, I'm with you ONE THOUSAND PERCENT!
    Pickles.







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