Australian Classic Cars

Nicest One Left? 1992 Mercury Capri 2+2

Ford Australia conceived and built the Mercury Capri at its manufacturing plant located in Broadmeadows, Victoria. The company’s primary focus was on the car being a major export model, with the United States being its target market. Sadly, it… more»

Aussie Muscle In The US: 2011 Holden HSV Maloo R8

Hindsight. It’s 20:20 vision. As I write this article, it strikes me that it is almost exactly four years to the day since the last passenger car rolled off an Australian production line. On October 20th, 2017, the Holden… more»

Sterling: 70s Kit Car Survivor?

Can a kit car be a survivor? The Sterling (or Nova, Eureka, Sebring, Cimbria, Sovran, Puma, Totem, Eagle, Scorpion, Ledl, Defi, Gryff, and Tarantula!) may have the distinction of having been produced under the most names of any coupe… more»

Rare Aussie: 1990 Holden Commodore VN Group A SS

With the demise of the Holden brand at the end of 2020, buyers are eager to get their hands on almost any Holden model. However, those cars with a V8 under the hood or a link with the company’s… more»

The Rarest Shelby? 1970 Ford Falcon XY GS

For Australian performance car enthusiasts, it seemed that the closest they ever got to a homegrown classic with a link to the legendary Carroll Shelby was the 1978 Ford Falcon XC Cobra. While it wore the iconic white paintwork… more»

Survivor Or Restored? 1954 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight

And now, time for something different. Not a barn find, not a muscle car, not a rare high dollar foreign wreck, not a custom, and not something indescribable. Nope, just a car, an ordinary mid-century four-door sedan in the… more»

Le Mans Connection: 1978 Holden Torana A9X

I’ve had the privilege to write about several examples of the Holden Torana A9X here at Barn Finds, but this car is something very different. It was a car that was born out of a desire for international racing… more»

Is This 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III Australia’s First Two Million Dollar Production Car?

While Australia and the USA shared a muscle car heritage dominated by V8s, the structure behind the two industries was driven by very different motivating factors. The American scene had some links to motorsport via NASCAR, Trans Am, and… more»

Million Dollar Racer? Ford Falcon EL V8 Supercar

Automotive trends can change at the drop of a hat, and sometimes it can be hard to keep track of these things. Motorsport is no different. In years past, a driver would strap themselves into their machine and do… more»

Will This 1977 Holden Torana A9X Sell For $1,000,000?

Sometimes the cosmos throws us an amazing piece of symmetry, and for me, that is the case with this 1977 Holden Torana A9X. As you will see, the fact that this car landed on my desk is quite astonishing,… more»

Racing Legend: 2001 Holden Monaro CV8

For Australian motor racing enthusiasts, one of the darkest days in the sport’s history occurred on September 8th, 2006. On that day, Peter Brock, the man dubbed “King of The Mountain,” or affectionately known by his legion of supporters… more»

Rare Super Ute: 2017 HSV Maloo GTSR

As a lad growing up in Australia, I could never have imagined any local car commanding a six-figure sale price. Then again, nobody could have imagined the country without local offerings from Holden and Ford. Those manufacturers dominated the… more»

1-Of-4: 1963 Ford Falcon XL Futura

The Falcon holds a place dear in the hearts of Australian blue-oval enthusiasts. The car evolved from its humble beginnings in 1960, and it remained the backbone of the company’s model line-up until local production ended in 2016. This… more»

From Down Under: 1972 Ford Falcon XA

There is a tendency to assume that anything made by Ford or GM is, or was, a domestic model. It’s a logical thought progression, it’s just not accurate. Both companies had a significant presence in Australia and produced desirable… more»

Homologation Specials: Commodore VL SS And VN SS

As the balloons and streamers flew to celebrate the start of 2021, a passionate group of Australian enthusiasts was in mourning. At that moment, Holden, Australia’s arm of the General Motors empire, ceased to exist. Not only did it… more»

The Last Australian Built Holden Commodore Is Up For Auction

When a car manufacturer chooses to replace or discontinue a particular model, there will always be a band of passionate enthusiasts who will clamor to own the last example to roll off the production line. However, the story changes,… more»