For Sale: Australian 1946 Ford Ute “Project”

I know that in the motor vehicle enthusiast community every person has his or her own opinion on virtually every topic, but I think it is relatively safe to say that it is now accepted that the first “Ute”, also known as a “coupe utility” in America (or “bakkies” in South Africa), was designed, developed and manufactured in Australia in 1934.

Ford Australia’s growth and diversity of models continued through the 1930s but World War 2 severely affected domestic vehicle manufacturers as they were all required to turn their manufacturing plants over to the ever-growing war effort.

When the War ended, Ford had many leftover 1942 body parts and sales to a car-hungry public resumed. The 1946 model year represents the first year of production following World War 2. Outside trim was nearly identical to the 1942 except for the new horizontal grille consisting of three stainless steel bars below a massive, chrome-plated pair of Ford “wings.” The grille sported red striping within ridges in the metal.

1946 Ford Ute Project

On behalf of its current owner, TrueWest Imports has been given the opportunity to sell a “Project” 1946 Australian made Ford Ute. It is in a dry State of America, remains Right Hand Drive and has always been garaged by the owner who has owned the Ute for 27 years.

The owner started the project on this Ute but, due to health problems, he is now unable to finish it. That is the sole reason for selling.

The frame and all sheet metal has been sand-blasted and is in grey primer. It has the “normal” rust to repair but, according to the Owner, it is not that bad. It has a good floor and needs spot replacement on both front enders. There are some small dents in the rear corners of the bed but all in all it is in very good condition (metal wise) given the age of the Ute and having been used for the purpose for which it was built.

In addition, it has:

  • a 4 inch dropped axle;
  • Volvo model 122 disc brakes;
  • 1957 Ford 9 inch rear end;
  • Front and rear springs have been reconditioned and the eye on the front springs has been reversed and some leaves have been removed;
  • Pete and Jake steering adapter;
  • Very good replacement tailgate;
  • 15 inch slot aluminium wheels;
  • New aluminium 3 core radiator set up for Chevrolet inlet and outlet;
  • All parts to put the vehicle together – glass, garnish rails, stock 1941 dash, stock   Kangaroo leather seat that needs to be re-done; and,
  • the wood in the bed needs to be replaced.

The asking price for the 1946 Australian Ford Ute Project is US$10,000. This does not include the cost of export from the US, shipping and Australian or New Zealand import costs. These can be provided upon request.

If you are a prospective buyer located in America and would like to convert the Ute to Left Hand Drive, the Owner has additional parts to make the conversion for an extra cost.

In 1946 only 1,735 Ford Utes were sold in Australia and fewer than 30 were exported to the US. Only 6 are believed to be currently registered in the US.

This Project, once completed, will ensure that the new Buyer will have a very unique and rare vehicle that will be the envy of friends and on-lookers alike.

Australian and New Zealand “as landed” costs of the vehicle will be posted on the TrueWest Imports’ website as soon as possible. If anyone has any queries before that occurs, please contact me.

As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

Until next time. Michael

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Mobile: 0448 899 134
Fax: 08 9355 4465

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“Checker” brand – El Camino-style pickup planned in relaunch

Hi everyone.

Now that Holden and Ford have been given their “last rites”, it seems that the US is suddenly interested in making “utes” or “coupe utilities” as they call them.

Chevrolet has given an indication that it may make an “El Camino” (whether it will be called that is a question for another day). I will post an article about the proposal for Chevrolet’s “El Camino “shortly. However, if the concept photos are any indications it will sell about as well as the Ford Taurus did here in Australia and they look ugly as F**k!

However, it is not only GM and Ford who are considering making utes (sorry, I refuse to call them “coupe utilities”.   Checker Motor Company (the one that used to make all of the cabs in New York)  announced plans last year to revive the American automotive brand and has released drawings of what it proposes for its first two models — an El Camino-style car-based pickup truck and a six-door airport limousine/group touring vehicle. I will focus on the “El Camino” style car-based pick-up truck (not another word for ute!)

The father of the General Manager of the Checker Motor Company, Steve Contarino, drove a Checker cab in the Boston area and Contarino became known within the Checker owners’ community for restoring the Checker Centurian, a 1967 Ghia-designed concept car. Contarino’s day job for some three decades has been modifying vehicles for the specialized demands of police and fire departments, emergency medical services and other municipal government agencies.

His original plan was simply to do Checker restorations and produce the parts needed for Checker owners to maintain their vehicles — until he discovered there actually may be a commercial market for modern Checker vehicles.

Unfortunately for us, and the world, this is the concept Contarino drawing has released.

Checker Ël Camino"

Can anybody say, “Holden FC Ute”?

FC ute fc_ute

I guess the only requirement to be a US car “designer” these days is the ability to use the Internet and not acknowledge the existence of any other country other than the US.

Cynical. Moi?

Until next time.
Michael

email: info@truewestimports.com.au
Mob: 0421 880 604
From NZ: +61 421 880 604
NO PRIVATE NUMBERS PLEASE!
***Private numbers WILL NOT be answered***

TrueWest Imports is now very proudly supporting Cystic Fibrosis WA. Part proceeds of all sales will be donated to CFWA. I encourage anyone who views this post to kindly make a donation. I greatly appreciate any assistance you may be able to give.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

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“Orange Bruiser”: 1972 Laverda SFC for Sale on eBay

Hi everyone.

It is not everyday that a true classic motorcycle comes up for sale. However, if you are an Italian “Superbike” aficionado (like me – I had a 1980 Laverda Jota 3CL) this magnificent example of one of Laverda’s best may just be the “ONE”  for you.

1972 Laverda SFC

The Laverda 750 SFC (super freni competizione or or super brakes competition) was developed in 1971 from the 750S road bike and is a half-faired racer that was developed to win endurance events like the Oss 24 hours, Barcelona 24 hours and the Bol D’Or at Le Mans.

Laverda line-up at 1971 Oss 24 hours race Laverda riders at Barcelona 24 hour race Laverda SFC at Bol DÓr

This it did, often placed first, second and third in the same race, and dominating the international endurance race circuit in 1971.

Distinguished by its characteristic orange paint which would become the company’s race department colour, its smooth aerodynamic fairing and up-swept exhaust, the SFC was Laverda’s flagship product and best advertisement, flaunting pedigree and the message of durability, quality, and exclusivity. Each SFC was hand-built in batches by the competition shop.

For several years after its introduction the SFC was one of the fastest bikes on the road, and one of the best handling too. But the high specification ensured that it was expensive, and fewer than 100 were built in each of the first three years.

Laverda’s fierce homologation SFC was powered by a tuned version of their nearly bulletproof parallel-twin and was available in any colour you wanted, as long as it was orange. You know, as good-looking as Ducatis are in red,and as classic as old British bikes are in black or silver, there’s something undeniably cool about a company choosing a “factory” colour so incredibly in-your-face, so polarising. Kawasaki’s green isn’t the prettiest colour, and it isn’t always flattering, but you certainly know which manufacturer made that lime-green plastic rocket, sitting across the street.

Laverda 750 SFC Fairing

The SFC’s engine was based on the rugged SF1, which was introduced in 1968 as a 650cc model, although displacement was soon bumped to 750. The bikes were a bit heavy, but this was the result of their being overbuilt, and reliability benefited: the parallel-twin had five main bearings. Parts not made in house by Laverda were chosen, regardless of their country of origin, for quality and the component list reads like a “best of” of 1970’s motorcycling performance: Ceriani, Bosch, Nippon-Denso…

Laverda SFC 750

Relatively unstressed in road-going form, the twin was capable of much more power, and the SFC was tuned to make almost 80hp. Given its rugged nature it’s no surprise that the bike performed well in endurance racing: many SFC’s come with their headlights and turn signals boxed up and unused

Laverda 750 SFC engine

Although it weighed a considerable 230kg, the wheelbase was a moderate 1,460mm and the tall SFC was a competent handler. Everything about it screamed racing, particularly with the optional two-into-one megaphone exhaust. There were no turn indicators, and the only instrumentation was a single Smiths tachometer mounted on a crude bracket in the fairing. The rider stretched out over the long 25-litre fibreglass fuel tank to crouch under the lowest fairing screen of any production motorcycle. Although one concession was made to civility, an electric start, the 750SFC was not designed for tooling around town..

Laverda 750 SFC inside fairing

From the original eBay listing: 1972 Laverda SFC for Sale

Laverda SFC 750 mk1
model year 1972 VIN/Engine 10784
Bike in top conditions, mechanically rebuilt by main specialist Riccardo Oro (documented), present on the Laverda SFC register with extra certification by Massimo Borghesi, last owner since 1997. Italian documents.
Ride and collect! Bulletproof investment.”

1972 Laverda SFC medallion

Bidding is up to US$30,100.00 with several days left on the auction.  There is no doubt it will go much higher: with under 600 ever made. These are some of the most desirable motorcycles of the era with rarity, pedigree, and that exotic, sadly defunct “Laverda” nameplate.

Rear view of Laverrda 750 SFC

Until next time.
Michael

email: info@truewestimports.com.au
Ph: 08 9458 9400
Fax: 08 9355 4465
Mob: 0421 880 604
From NZ: +61 421 880 604
NO PRIVATE NUMBERS PLEASE!
***Private numbers WILL NOT be answered***

TrueWest Imports is now very proudly supporting Cystic Fibrosis WA. Part proceeds of all sales will be donated to CFWA. I encourage anyone who views this post to kindly make a donation. I greatly appreciate any assistance you may be able to give.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

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1978 Dodge “LIL’ RED EXPRESS” Truck – US$16.900

TrueWest Imports has been given the rare opportunity to offer for sale this 1978 Dodge Li’l Red Express Truck.

Dodge LIL RED Truck

Dodge released the Lil’ Red Express Truck In 1978 and it was one of the most unique Dodge trucks that had ever been produced. The Lil’ Red Express was not only a real looker but these trucks were also real performers. In 1978 The Dodge Lil’ Red Express was the fastest American made vehicle from 0 to 100 MPH as tested by “Car and Driver” magazine.

Dodge Lil Red Truck engine Side view Lil Red Express

The Li’l Red Express is instantly recognizable with its dual-exhaust system with chrome-plated vertical tailpipes mounted behind the cab, giving it that semi-truck look.

Other features include a small-block Dodge V-8 engine with four-barrel carburetor mated to an automatic transmission.

The truck is finished in Medium Canyon Red with a black interior. Gold accent striping and decals contribute to the distinctive look along with wood trim on the bed, alloy wheels, chrome plated side steps; power steering and brakes.

Rear of Lil Red Express TruckThe Li’l Red Express is truly a customized vehicle for the avid Dodge enthusiast and it came fully-equipped in this basic manner from the factory.

This represents the first of only two years of limited production for this model.

 

This truly is a Great and Unique Investment!

There are many more photographs of this beautiful vehicle available on request.

The price listed is in US$ but I can provide you with an all-inclusive “as landed” cost to have this uique pick-u[ truck imported to Fremantle or any other Port in Australia or New Zealand.

This vehicle is located in the US and the price shown does not include any applicable GST or the costs of Importing the vehicles into Australia. See out FAQ page for information relating to costs, taxes and regulation.

As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

Until next time. Michael

email: info@truewestimports.com.au
Ph: 08 9472 6575
Fax: 08 9355 4465
Mob: 0421 880 604
From NZ: +61 421 880 604

 

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1963 Cadillac Fleetwood Coupe – US$28,900

TrueWest Imports is proud to have been given the opportunity to offer for sale this laser straight Arizona cruiser.

1963 Cadilliac Fleetwood Coupe

It is just an incredible example of the Cadillac marque.

It has received an absolutely professional restoration with some beautiful custom touches!

Details of 1963 Cadillac Fletwood custom pinstriping Details of 1963 Cadillac Fletwood custom pinstriping

It has been coated with new Ebony paintwork and all of the the bright work and stainless is all in “A One” condition.

It has a brand red new interior (check out the headliner as well).

1963 Cadillac Fleetwood interior Details of 1963 Cadillac Fletwood new headlining

The attention to detail is amazing –  from the Engine Compartment to the Trunk.

Details of 1963 Cadillac Fleetwood custom engine bay pinstriping 1963 Cadillac Fleetwood trunk detail

Powered by Cadillac’s own the 390 cu. in. (6.4L)  V8 with an automatic gearbox, this has all the power stuff one would expect in the top of the line Cadillac Fleetwood.

Custom 1963 Cadillac Fleetwood engine

1963 Cadillac Fleetwood Engine Bay 1963 Cadillac Fleetwood Engine Bay

This vehicle drives like an absolute dream and the air-conditioning is ice cold as well (as you would expect from an Arizona car).

This is a Great Investment!

And you certainly don’t have to be a rock star… just look like one! Rock Fingers

 

 

 

 

There are many more photographs of this beautiful vehicle available on request.

The price listed is in US$ but I can provide you with an all-inclusive “as landed” cost to have this  beautiful cruiser imported to Fremantle or any other Port in Australia or New Zealand.

This vehicle is located in the US and the price shown does not include any applicable GST or the costs of Importing the vehicles into Australia. See out FAQ page for information relating to costs, taxes and regulation.

Until next time.
Michael

email: info@truewestimports.com.au
Ph: 08 9458 9400
Fax: 08 9355 4465
Mob: 0421 880 604
From NZ: +61 421 880 604
NO TEXTS OR PRIVATE NUMBERS PLEASE!
***Private numbers WILL NOT be answered***

TrueWest Imports is now very proudly supporting Cystic Fibrosis WA. Part proceeds of all sales will be donated to CFWA. I encourage anyone who views this post to kindly make a donation. I greatly appreciate any assistance you may be able to give.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

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1964 Ford Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe – US$25,950 negotiable

TrueWest Imports offers for sale is this very nicely appointed 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe.

In 1964, Ford only produced 12,431 examples of the Fairlane 500 with the very rare Sports Coupe option.

1964 Ford Fairlane
Interior of 1964 Ford Fairlane 500
Engine in 1964 Ford Fairlane 500
This totally rust free documented California Fairlane 500 was purchased new in Los Angeles and has lived all its life in “dry” Southern California.

The second owner bought it and immediately began a painstaking ground-up restoration, bringing the car to its current status on the widely recognized Vehicle Condition Scale of a No. 2 Fine (combination of superior restoration and excellent original)

 

 

 

Details:

  • Exterior: Prior to application of the remarkable Ford Wimbledon White finish, all stainless trim, bumpers, and glass were removed. The stainless was polished and bumpers re-chromed to a show quality high lustre. The original window glass was found to be without blemish and in such excellent shape, was reinstalled. Door Tag: BODY 65B COLOR M TRIM 76 DATE 04B D.S.O 71 TRANS 4 AXLE
  • Interior: The desirable Red console bucket seat interior features all NEW colour matched vinyl front seat and rear seat upholstery, seat belts, matching moulded carpet set accompanied by colour matched floor mats, headliner, door panels, scuff plates, kick panels, rear side panels, armrest pads, dome light and base, door lock knobs & grommets, firewall pad and glove box liner. Equipped with power steering.
  • Engine and Driveline: The correctly detailed engine bay houses a 289 cu.in./195 HP engine professionally re-built in 2009 backed by a Ford Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed transmission that has also been professionally rebuilt. The powertrain idles, and drives smoothly and as can be expected of a build of this quality, is free from any fluid drips or leaks.
  • Wheels and Tires: Coys C-5 Chrome 17×7 wheels on radial tires.

There are many more photographs of this beautiful vehicle available on request.

The price listed is in US$ but I can provide you with an all-inclusive “as landed” cost to have this rare Ford Fairlane 500 imported to Fremantle or any other Port in Australia or New Zealand.

This vehicle is located in the US and the price shown does not include any applicable GST or the costs of Importing the vehicles into Australia. See out FAQ page for information relating to costs, taxes and regulation.

Until next time.
Michael

email: info@ truewestimports.com.au
Mob: 0421 880 604
From NZ: +61 421 880 604 No texts or private numbers please
Fax: 08 9355 4465

TrueWest Imports is now very proudly supporting Cystic Fibrosis WA. Part proceeds of all sales will be donated to CFWA. I encourage anyone who views this post to kindly make a donation. I greatly appreciate any assistance you may be able to give.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

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1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird

Hi Everyone.

I thought I might start putting up posts about some iconic American vehicles. They may be muscle cars, classics or even eccentric. There will also be some motorcycles added in as well.

However, I have chosen to start with the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner SuperBird.

Photograph of 1970 Plymouth SuperBirdWith the success of the aero-warrior NASCAR Dodge Charger Daytona Photograph of Richard Petty 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

against fastback Ford Torinos

Photograph of 1969 Ford Torino Talladega

and Mercury Cyclones,

Photograph of 1968-1969-mercury-cyclone-gt-3

Plymouth wanted, and got, its own version of this winged wonder.

Photo of 1970 Yellow Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird

This model added a goalpost spoiler to catch wind well above the body, and a shark shaped nose cap. It would also lure Richard Petty back to Plymouth after defecting to Ford for a year. While spectacular on the track, consumer response was luke-warm, leading some dealers to remove the wing and nose, making them appear more like normal Road Runners.

Trying to capture some of the success that their Dodge brothers had in 1969 with the Charger Daytona, Plymouth tried the same thing in 1970 with their creation, the Plymouth Superbird.

According to Road Test magazine, performance was around 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.5 seconds, 1/4 mile in 14.3 seconds at 104 mph with the Hemi.

Although similar in appearance, the Superbird was actually quite different from the Daytona. The Superbird was based on the Plymouth Road Runner and the nose, airfoil, and basic sheet metal was different between the Daytona and Superbird. The special nose added 19-inches (483 mm) to the overall length (the Daytona’s was 18-inches or 457 mm), and the trunk spoiler was more angled and higher than the Daytonas. On both models, the spoiler was three feet high. Although it created quite an impression on the street, the wing was not needed at normal highway speeds; it was designed for speedways, to keep the rear wheels to the ground at 150 mph (240 km/h) and higher speeds.

NASCAR only required 500 copies to be built in 1969, but in 1970, NASCAR required a manufacturer to build one unit per dealer. In the end, Plymouth built a total of 1,920 Super Birds. Super Birds were available with three different engines. The most popular was the basic Super Commando 440 V8 with a single four barrel carburetor rated at 375 bhp (280 kW). 

Photo of 1970 440 Plymouth Super Commando Motor

Super Commando 440 V8

Next up was the 440 Six Barrel rated at 390 bhp (291 kW).

1970 440 6 Barrel engine

1970 440 6 Barrel

At the top, and ordered by just 93 buyers, was the mighty 426 Hemi, rated at 425 bhp (317 kW).

Photo of 1970 Plymouth Hemi 426

1970 Plymouth Hemi 426

Despite the success of the Super Bird on the tracks, 1970 would be the only year it was made.

The reason for using such a large spoiler is unclear, since the engineers said they started out with a much smaller version. One story has it that the aerodynamics became more favourable as they made the spoiler taller; another story is that it was raised to allow the trunk to be opened; although one could argue that changing to a trunk mount (from a rear-fender mount) would have solved that problem.

In the 2000s, these would fetch among the highest prices of any muscle car at auctions.

Credit: http://www.boldride.com/
Source: Mecum Auctions; RM Auctions; Wikipedia, 2011
Photo Credit: Teddy Pieper, Mecum Auctions

Until next time. Michael

email: truewestimports@gmail.com
Mob: 0421 880 604
From NZ: +61 421 880 604 No texts or private numbers please
Fax: 08 9355 4465

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: The Trans-Am Racer Returns!

Hi Everyone.

I thought I would share with you a video from one of the Channels to which I subscribe on YouTube.

This is a sort of “follow up” piece” to the post entitled “This Bloke Had a Really Bad Day”“.

Photo o2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 in motion

Until next time. Michael

email: truewestimports@gmail.com
Mob: 0421 880 604
From NZ: +61 421 880 604 No texts or private numbers please
Fax: 08 9355 4465

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Example information regarding “As Landed” costs of Importing a Vehicle from the US

This an example of the costs associated with importing a vehicle from the US into Australia.

The prices shown and associated costs are simply examples and DO NOT reflect the actual costs that will be current at the time of importation of your vehicle.

For the purposes of this post I will be using an example of a 1948 GMC pickup.

Photo of 48 GMC Pickup 2nd Photo of 1948 GMC Pickup

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“Just Cars” Magazine (edition 14-06) 16 January 2014

Just Cars Editorial Banner

Hi there. Michael Ashby here again.

You may have noticed that in the January edition of “Just Cars” magazine there was, what they call, an editorial banner on page 87 for TrueWest Imports. Although it gives us great exposure, due to limitations on size and wording, it doesn’t actually describe our services or what we actually do.

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