Category: Australian Muscle Cars

2006 Ford XR5 Press Release

Ford Australia has released a pocket rocket, the Focus XR5, 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder Duratec 20-valve engine, 166 kW of power and 320 Nm of torque, Exceptional driving dynamics. Chassis has been modified and stiffened for the XR5 Turbo, with an additional cross-member between the struts, as well as being lowered by 15mm. Handling has been…



Ford Focus XR5 Turbo – A Future Classic

The Ford’s Focus series – which is a very broad range of cars – had not really got on the local radar all that effectively prior to the launch of this car. Sure the commuters did okay, but the performance versions? Not so much. Which is a shame, as the ST170 predecessor to this little…



2006 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo

In the XR5 Turbo, Ford finally has the engine to make the most of the car’s superb dynamics, providing a nice all round balanced “hot hatch” package. The XR5 Turbo is a five-door, and together with some amazing practicality, it also delivers a real performance package in a small car that is a true rival…



XA GTHO Phase IV sells for Big $$$

It’s one of the most famous cars in Australian touring car history and now the Ford XA Falcon GTHO Phase IV is making headlines again, reportedly selling for a record price for an Australia-built car. Australian Muscle Car Sales claims to have sold this incredibly rare prototype touring car for “just under $2m” to a…



XY GT-HO Phase III – Australia’s Top Dog

It’s the ultimate Aussie muscle car, but what exactly makes the Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III so special? The Phase III doesn’t just represent the fast Falcon family: it is the all-time champ. The greatest ever. The One. It was an immediate sensation on its release in ’71, and it went from strength to…



Important Holdens Go Under The Hammer

The market for classic Holdens is showing no signs of cooling down. A pair of historically important and low kilometre examples are set for sale at the latest Lloyd’s Auction – a 1988 VL Walkinshaw Group A SS and a 1990 VN Commodore Group A SS. The former is the first road-going product of Tom…



A Tribute to Gregg Hansford – 8 April 1952 – 5 March 1995

Gregg Hansford was an amazing talent, on two and four wheels, Neil Crompton put a tribute together back in 1987 at Surfers Paradise International Raceway ATCC Round 6 when Gregg was racing with Dick Johnson’s Shell Sierra team. In 1993 Hansford won Bathurst with Larry Perkins two years before he was tragically killed at Phillip…



GOSS/BARTLETT 1974 Bathurst – Ford Falcon XA GT

The wettest race in Bathurst history to that time, saw John Goss and Kevin Bartlett take victory in a Ford Falcon GT Hardtop, under pressure in the late stages from the Holden Torana of Bob Forbes and Wayne Negus. Commentated by Will Hagon, Evan Green and Howard Marsden.



BATHURST – THE BIG THREE 4 Corners 1970

Insightful ABC TV 4 Corners program from 1970 hosted by Mike Willesee, about the rise of “The Big Three” car companies dominating Australian motorsport at the time, GMH, Ford and Chrysler. Interviewed are Harry Firth, Al Turner, John Ellis, Leo Geoghan and John Roxburgh.



History of the Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III

The Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III is one of the most valuable Australian-made cars in history, but it’s largely unknown outside its home country. It was built in the early 1970s as the third version of the GT-HO that had been specifically developed to win both the Hardie-Ferodo 500 at Mount Panorama in Bathurst,…