In Australia, cars are generally ridiculously overpriced. Case in point: a 997 Carrera S manual, a £25,000 purchase in Blighty, is at least $65,000. Even at a generous conversion rate, someone is still asking for far too many dollarydoos, both new and second-hand.
And that extends to our long-held ‘if it were our money’ pick, the C63 AMG estate. That’s a £15,000 proposition in the United Queendom (surely Lizzy deserves that title by now), but the wrong side of $40,000 without trying in the land of melanoma and sharks.
The thin sliver of good news in this scenario is that the Australians have an answer. For the equivalent of about £12,000, we bought a 6.0-litre V8 estate, with a lazy 350bhp and about the same in torque. Sure, it’s pretty well shy of the motorsport-derived 6.2 of the Merc-AMG, but this is a lazy pushrod job from GM that’ll routinely do 200,000 miles without drama and has been known to do three and even four hundred thousand without much faff.
Yes, kids, we’re talking about the LS. No need for an LS swapped wagon when the Australians were building them right on the factory floor. And yes, we did say bought. We have one. Now, the question is, should we leave it stock or throw a hotter camshaft in it (yep, just the one cam for eight cylinders, because God Bless America) and liberate another 100bhp just like that? Really, what we’ve bought ourselves is more temptation than a family man can resist. Or at least that’s what the divorce papers will say.