Wolves in Sheep's Cloth­ing

Australian Muscle Car - - Right Said Fred -

We don’t ex­pect this edi­tion’s Wolves in Sheep’s Cloth­ing cover story to ap­peal to hairy-chested show-offs. It’s a yarn for folk who like their cars fast but not nec­es­sar­ily flashy. We’ve cho­sen five Aus­tralian-built cars of the last five decades that blended into ev­ery­day traf­fic but went like the clap­pers. It’s the au­to­mo­tive equiv­a­lent of Hol­ly­wood’s – or the San Fer­nando Val­ley’s! – stereo­typ­i­cal plain-Jane with glasses perched on her nose and hair in a bun. But when she lets her hair down, look out!

So what makes a wolf in AMC’s eyes? We set some ba­sic cri­te­ria. Firstly, our wolves in wool had to be: built in Aus­tralia, fac­tory-spec, able to be pur­chased by the pub­lic; and have been built in suf­fi­cient num­bers to be widely avail­able in their day. Above all else, they needed to be faster than their looks sug­gested.

So no spe­cial-or­der cars for com­pany in­sid­ers or those ‘in the know’ – and no one-offs (or even three-offs). In sim­plest terms, we’re show­cas­ing some or­di­nary-look­ing cars that could post sur­pris­ingly quick 0-100km/h times. Our in­con­spic­u­ous per­form­ers didn’t nec­es­sar­ily need to have Fal­con GT-like per­for­mance – al­though the faster the bet­ter, ob­vi­ously – to qual­ify, they just needed to be quicker than they look. Han­dling and brak­ing per­for­mance were not im­por­tant. Any­way, strap yourself in and en­joy. And drop us a line via am­ced­i­to­rial@chevron.com.au with your mem­o­ries of these and other wolves. Warn­ing: some read­ers may need to broaden their minds...

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