Category: Australian Muscle Cars

XP Falcon: Aussie Original

An extraordinary one-make car race was run in the You Yangs west of Melbourne over nine days in April-May 1965, not that it was ever intended to be a race! If the XP Falcon durability run seemed borderline unbelievable at the time, the passing of half a century makes it seem plain incredible, especially when…



Holden HR Left-Hand-Drive review

Anyone who stumbles across this left-hand-drive Holden HR is bound to do a double-take. But it’s the real thing and an early export… When you stumble across an early Holden in a remote overseas location, it’s like being zapped by a transporter beam and taken back to Australia for a brief moment. Discovering a left-hand-drive…



1967 Ford XR GT

Just 8 Months after the release of the new XR range, Ford released the XR GT. Powered by a 289 cubic inch Windsor V8 motor, it was always going to be a hit. On April 18, 1967, Ford’s General Sales Manager, Keith Horner, issued a Confidential Dealer Bulletin headed “Falcon GT”. The bulletin was short…



1968 Holden HK Monaro GTS 327

The iconic Monaro gave Holden their first Bathurst win and instantly became an Aussie classic Although plenty of rear window stickers promised ‘Drive a Bathurst Winner’ not every Holden Monaro was created equal. The entry level HK model was effectively a two-door taxi, powered by a feeble 161 cubic-inch six driving through either a three-speed…



Chrysler Valiant Pacer review

Chrysler Australia paved the way for the iconic Charger with three generations of the Pacer Readers of a certain age will remember standing on street corners in the early 70s, flashing a ‘V sign’ and yelling “Hey, Charger!” at the sight of a sleek new Aussie coupe burbling by. Spurred on by a slick advertising…



Holden Torana LX A9X

This is a ranking that, once upon a time, would have started pub fights around the country. Even now, there’s no guarantee we haven’t caused a scuffle or two at the odd barbecue. To pick the A9X over the much-loved Ford Phase III is a big call. For a number of the judges, the decision…



Holden Torana LC & LJ XU-1

It is now coming up to 30 years since I was given the opportunity by publisher (the late) Geoff Paradise to write a whole magazine on Toranas. This was The History of Torana: from Viva to Victory, and Geoff persuaded Peter Brock to write the introduction. It went like this: TORANA – the name always…



1972 Chrysler Valiant Charger E49 R/T

The late-60s/early-70s, I reckon, was the best period in the Australian motoring industry. It’s when we made world-class muscle cars that were superior to American cars, and the Charger was right in the middle of it. They were dynamically better than their US cousins and the VH Charger won Wheels magazine’s Car of the Year…



GT-HO Phase III Sleeper Cop Car

GT-HO wolves in sheep’s clothing – great for the enthusiast but totally unfair in the hands of the highway patrol! With the numbers of XY Phase III GTHOs locked in at 300 and with around a third to half of that number still in existence, there seems to be a burgeoning market for other high…



GT-HO down the Hume

Wheels’ Magazines 1971 review of the Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III was written straight, withholding details of the author’s high-speed research. Here is the story of the Hume Highway drive behind it, originally published in sister magazine Sports Car World four years later. PAINFULLY, heartbreakingly, as ideals give way to reality, young journalists learn that…