Australian Classic Cars

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»

1-of-33: 1978 Holden Torana A9X Hatchback

The Australian muscle car scene marches to a different drummer than the United States. Lower sales volumes and import duties meant that local manufacturers utilized standard passenger car bodies married to the most powerful engine in their local armory…. more»

Legendary Survivor: 1980 Ford Falcon XD “Allan Moffat Racing”

For American readers, the name Allan Moffat may spark a vague memory in the depths of their minds. For Australians, he is a man of legendary status. He was the country’s first genuine professional racing driver, and his career… more»

Police Edition: 1976 Chrysler Valiant Charger 770

It is common for law enforcement agencies to fight fire with fire when choosing vehicles for pursuit purposes, and the situation was no different in Australia than in other countries. During the early 1970s, they preferred the Ford Falcon… more»

Stunning Tribute: 1980 Holden WB Panel Van Sandman Tribute

Australia followed many western countries with the adoption of vans as multi-purpose vehicles. While many saw commercial service, some owners personalized their Van to reflect their planned use. Holden saw the marketing benefit, releasing the HQ “Sandman” van in… more»

1-of-1: 2005 Holden VZ Commodore SS Ute “Brock Enhanced”

Australian performance car enthusiasts are a pretty parochial bunch. They tend to favor either Ford or Holden products, although there is a smaller but no less passionate group with a love for Mopar metal. For those who love their… more»

1-of-1: 1973 Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop

While it is true that many Australian muscle cars evolved from sedans, there are a few notable exceptions. The Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop is one and is also a relatively rare beast. A short production period for the… more»

Famous or Infamous? 1973 Holden Torana XU-1

While it is possible to draw some parallels, the Australian and American performance car scenes followed very different paths. Many American manufacturers based their high-performance models on Hardtop or Coupe variants. Lower sales volumes Down Under saw companies like… more»

1968 Holden Monaro GTS 327 With 7,508 Genuine Miles!

While many parallels can be drawn between the American and Australian muscle car scenes, the industry Down Under was driven primarily by the desire for motorsport success. It spawned classics like the Ford Falcon GTHO series, the Torana L34… more»

Super Sedan! 1985 Holden VK Commodore SS Group A

The late Peter Brock was an authentic genius. He held no college degree or engineering qualifications, but he could slip behind the wheel of almost any car and immediately know what it needed to perform at its best. He… more»

U-2 Chaser: 2009 Pontiac G8 GT

The 2009 Pontiac G8 GT has an unusual claim to fame, as it is a car that was developed by one General Motors brand to be sold wearing the badge of another. So far, there’s nothing out of the… more»

1-of-1: 1978 Chrysler Valiant CL Sedan

When you look at the automotive landscape today, it is hard to believe Australia was once the home to a vibrant vehicle manufacturing industry. The halcyon days were probably the 1970s when Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Leyland (and its… more»

Will This Holden Commodore V8 Supercar Sell For $2,800,000?

While historically significant and desirable road cars continue to increase in popularity and value, this trend has translated across to racing machinery. We have seen a few historic race cars sell for significant sums in the past, but this… more»

Chicken Coop: 2011 Chevrolet Caprice

This is likely a one-of-a-kind vehicle. A 2011 Chevrolet Caprice, which may have previously been in police service, with a large chicken head and feathers added for promotional purposes. The car is said to be in good running order… more»

Parked For 36 Years! 1971 Ford XY Falcon GT

For our Australian readers, this classic is one of the most iconic muscle cars to roll off a production line Down Under. It is a 1971 Ford XY Falcon GT, and it has been part of the same family… more»

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»

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