Category: Australian Muscle Cars

Clem Smith, the man and his Charger

Even today, the thunder of top-notch Sports Sedans delights racing purists around Australia. The cars remain spectacular and significantly fast, too; at most tracks the fastest cars are anywhere between two and six seconds quicker than current-specification V8 Supercars. Each year at Mallala one of Australia’s favourite Sports Sedans would take to the track for…



The RPO83 – a HO by another name

When the last Falcon XY Phase III rolled off the production line in 1971, it signified the end of an era, becoming the final GT-HO officially sanctioned by Ford. But it was far from the end of the HO story. The company’s replacement for the XY, the all-Australian designed and built XA range, was launched…



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…



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…



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…



Chrysler Valiant Pacer

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…



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…



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…