Australian Classic Cars

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»

Fast Finds

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»

Cheap Turbo: 1993 Mercury Capri XR2 Convertible

The 1993 Mercury Capri XR2 Convertible is a car that has always intrigued me. It was a car that was designed and built by Ford Australia specifically for the American market. However, it made it onto Australian roads a… more»

Will This 2017 Holden HSV GTSR W1 Maloo Ute Reach $1,000,000?

As the clock ticked over at midnight on New Year’s Eve, heralding 2021, a significant event in Australian automotive history took place. It went largely unnoticed, except by die-hard enthusiasts and a few individuals within the motoring press. At… more»

Aussie SS: 1982 Holden Commodore V8 4-Speed

In the U.S., we tend to think we have ultimate authority on building muscle cars. In many cases, we do, but one area that hasn’t been a sweet spot is the burly muscle sedan. Yes, I know, we all… more»

Australian Storage Find: 1960 Holden FB

We’re going international here at Barn Finds! Last week it was this Marcos Mantis in Bradford on Avon Wiltshire, England and today it is a 1960 Holden located in Leeton, NSW Australia. Unlikely, of course, that a sale will… more»

$1,000,000?!! 1977 Holden Torana A9X Hatchback

While it is possible to draw many parallels between the US and Australia’s muscle car scenes, much of what drove the market Down Under was motivated by motorsport success. Nowhere is this better encapsulated than in this 1977 Holden… more»

Aussie Invader: 1994 Holden Commodore VR Ute

It seems like fate that this 1994 Holden Commodore VR Ute should appear on our desks here at Barn Finds at this point. The “Coupe Utility,” or the Ute to give it the proper Aussie name, was a staple… more»

Australian Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Shed Find!

Some sheds will produce more than a single pleasant surprise, and that seems to be the case with this VW Beetle Cabriolet. It was found hidden away in a shed in West Wyalong, New South Wales, Australia. This is… more»

Traded in ’85! 1973 Holden LJ Torana GTR

When a dealership takes a vehicle as a trade on a new car, they generally like to flip that trade pretty quickly. Those cars usually represent a significant slice of their profit margin on the new car, so the… more»

Amazing Restoration: 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III

When Australia came to the muscle car party, it did so with some impressive vehicles. The Big Three (Ford, Holden, and Chrysler) could see enormous value in the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” philosophy. With this in mind,… more»

Modern El Camino: 2004 Pontiac GTO Sports Truck!

By conventional wisdom and research, we know that Chevrolet discontinued the El Camino at the conclusion of the 1987 model year. But Holden, GM’s now closed Australian subsidiary, constructed what they referred to as the “Ute” short for “utility”… more»

Chicken Coupe: 1973 Ford Falcon GT RPO 83

Residing in this disused chicken coop amongst a pile of discarded aluminum drink cans is one of Australia’s most prized muscle cars. It has occupied this spot since 1988. The recent passing of its original owner means that it… more»