Australian Classic Cars

Peter Brock’s Daily Driver: 1985 Holden VK Commodore Group A SS

By 1985, Australian racing legend Peter Brock was riding the crest of a wave. He had steered his factory-backed racing team to four wins in five years in the iconic Bathurst 1000 endurance race, and his multi-million dollar HDT… more»

390 V8 Project: 1963 Ford Galaxie 500XL

Ford added the XL series to the Galaxie 500 in 1962, perhaps to compete against the popular new Chevy Impala SS (Super Sport). To help Ford’s performance in NASCAR, a slippery fastback body style was introduced in the middle… more»

1-of-5: 2002 Holden VY Commodore SS “Brock Enhanced”

For Australian performance car and motorsport enthusiasts, the name Peter Brock will be forever linked to the Holden brand. Brock tasted unparalleled success on the track, parlaying those victories into a Special Vehicles operation that produced some of the… more»

Hidden Treasure: National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

The world is full of hidden treasures in the form of private collections and museums dedicated to a broad cross-section of motoring enthusiasts. I recently had the pleasure to visit one such establishment, The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania…. more»

Amazing Aussie Garage Find: 1970 Ford XY Falcon GT

UPDATE 11/28/2023: There are times when I write articles like this, and I quote a potential sale price where I’m wide of the mark. That was conclusively the case with this 1970 Ford Falcon GT because I significantly underestimated… more»

Rare Ranchero: 1972 Ford XA Ranchero

Okay, here’s one for our readers from Down Under. This looks like a regular 1972 Ford Falcon XA Ute, a vehicle built in significant numbers. However, many of these classics were beaten into submission by their owners, while others… more»

Affordable Driver: 2009 Pontiac G8

The automotive world has repeatedly proved that timing is everything. Ford demonstrated with the First Generation Mustang that having the right car at the right time can result in eye-watering sales and profits. Pontiac demonstrated in 2009 with the… more»

BF Exclusive: 1976 Ford XB Falcon 8-Seat Station Wagon

With the demise of the vehicle manufacturing industry, Australian buyers constantly seek locally produced models from Ford, Holden, and Chrysler to park in their garages. These represent an appreciating asset, and many are extraordinarily practical. That is the case… more»

Cheap Wheels? 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta

The 1981 model year was the swan song for the second-generation Chevy Camaro. After 12 years in production, the design had run its course (sales were down by more than half in just two years). The Berlinetta was the… more»

Title Winning Classic: 1977 Holden Torana A9X Group C

Motorsport history is full of David versus Goliath stories, but none are better personified (autofied?) than by this 1977 Holden Toarana A9X Group C. It was one of two cars used by a privateer racer to defeat the Holden… more»

Huge Collection of True Barn Finds: Take a Browse

An actual barn. Full of barn finds. That’s what’s up for auction in this mega-sale. Three sets of lots total to 230+ cars, with the only proviso being that these cars are in the Netherlands. This tip comes to… more»

Amazing Aussie Barn Find: 1968 Holden Monaro GTS 327

Bundaberg is a beautiful city in sunny Queensland, Australia. The locals are warm and welcoming, and its mills produce some of the world’s finest sugar. It is also the location of one of the country’s great barn finds. It… more»

1-of-275: 1970 Holden HT Monaro GTS 350

While the Australian and American muscle car scenes of the 1960s and early 1970s shared many characteristics, the cars produced Down Under were generally motivated by a different need. Companies like Holden, Ford, and Chrysler (Valiant) sought a double-edged… more»

Historic Bathurst Winner: 2021 Holden ZB Commodore Supercar

On Saturday, March 11th, 2023, Australian motorsport entered a brave new world. Not only did it see a new generation of vehicles take to the grid for the first race of the 2023 season, but it was the first… more»

International Connections: 2018 Holden ZB Commodore Supercar

For decades, Australian motorsport has focused on sedan racing as its staple. Open-wheelers have never gained traction, except for the Australian Grand Prix and the Indycar round that used to run on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The premier category is… more»

Historic Racer: 1975 Holden Monaro Sports Sedan

We see the occasional Australian classic at Barn Finds, but it is a rare opportunity when three legendary vehicles appear in the same auction. I’ve been privileged to cover the other two, but the 1975 Holden Monaro Sports Sedan… more»

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