Australian Muscle Car - - Cars That Won Bathurst -

Some mus­cle cars are bought by lov­ing own­ers who pam­per them like mem­bers of the fam­ily. Other mus­cle cars, though, aren’t so lucky. Some get stolen, smashed or thrashed. Some get parked and lost un­der a layer of dust in an old shed, oth­ers get left out­side to brave the el­e­ments and slowly rust away. Sad, but true.

We eye­ball plenty of beau­ti­fully main­tained and/or fully re­stored mus­cle clas­sics in AMC, but as se­ri­ous car pervs we have to ad­mit there’s few things more in­trigu­ing – or ex­cit­ing – than spot­ting an old clas­sic in a pad­dock, or a shed, or un­der a shady tree, that’s seen bet­ter days and in need of some TLC. Some are be­yond sav­ing, but they all have a story to tell.

So, get out your cam­eras and start snap­ping some old mus­cle cars you come across in your trav­els that are def­i­nitely Out of Ac­tion, or close to it. We don’t want to know where they are and we won’t be pub­lish­ing lo­ca­tions, be­cause above all we must re­spect people’s pri­vacy. We just want to see some good, clean pics of these for­got­ten cars and short per­sonal sto­ries to go with them (see con­tact de­tails p119).

So get to it and let’s see what hid­den trea­sures we can find! For this edi­tion our in­trepid read­ers have stum­bled across some more lit­tle gems to share with us. Hi AMC, I thought I’d share a few Out of Ac­tion pic­tures I have gath­ered over the past cou­ple of years, from here in New Zealand. Firstly, the MkIII Zepher, XP/XM wagon and the blue XY or XW Fal­con: these are in a pad­dock on a farm out the back of Mata­mata. This par­tic­u­lar farm used to have 150 or so rusty cars on it, in­clud­ing a Charger, all but a few of which have since been crushed, due to com­plaints about them be­ing an eye­sore from the road. The HT pan­el­van sat on this property for many years, but has re­cently dis­s­a­peared, hope­fuly to a good home. The P76 Ley­land was dis­cov­ered by my part­ner, on a farm near Mor­rinsville when she was do­ing a pho­to­shoot of our Club­sport, there were a few other cars ly­ing around to, in­clud­ing an MkI Es­cort two-door. The cut-up HQ pan­el­van was at a scrap deal­ers in Te Aroha, which I thought was re­ally sad, as it could have been saved if it hadn’t been butchered. The gold Pre­mier, was just out of Hamil­ton; on the same property were three HQ utes, some mys­tery cars un­der cov­ers and the place was full of old Holden parts and mem­ro­bilia. The XW or XY Fal­con and MkII Cortina are also from Te Aroha, with many HQ sedans and utes and one-ton­ners, all very rusty, and were due to be auc­tioned off just af­ter the pho­tos were taken. The XF Fal­con be­longs to a cus­tomer of mine. It has a 351 con­ver­sion but isn’t run­ning and has sat in the same spot for the last 10 years wait­ing to be com­pleted. I first spotted the XA and XB Fal­con sedan and wagon on this property 20 years ago on a trip to Auck­land, the only thing that has changed be­tween then and now is the own­ers have mowed around them. They also have an­other XA in the back­yard and an XD, both with vinyl roofs. Any­way, I hope you en­joy the pho­tos. Andrew

This is­sue’s Out Of Ac­tion win­ner will re­ceive a beaut 1:18 scale mus­cle car model from Clas­sic Car­lecta­bles. AMC will con­tact this is­sue’s win­ner soon with fur­ther de­tails. So, keep send­ing in those great pho­tos and short sto­ries for your chance to win!

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