Mus­cle Me­mora­bilia

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Shaun plans to keep the car pretty much as is, but will need to fix the usual top of the boot chan­nel XA/XB/XC rust prob­lems. The black in­te­rior is in good nick.

It has a match­ing num­bers en­gine with what he con­sid­ers to be a gen­uine 89,000 miles, with all trim tags, orig­i­nal ra­di­a­tor with part num­ber tag at­tached and orig­i­nal fan belt. It should be a rel­a­tively easy resto. He’s talked to a noted Ford ex­pert about the car who told him that be­ing a stan­dard XA GS, let alone a Stillwell, puts it very high on the rar­ity scale, more so (per­haps) than an XA GT.

This makes you won­der if there were other deal­ers out there who cre­ated their own spe­cial edi­tions. If you know of any let us know. Like

most of us, Shaun is a col­lec­tor of mus­cle car me­mora­bilia as well as the real thing, like his BSS Fair­mont fea­tured here.

He es­pe­cially likes books with a mus­cle theme, like this 1974 met­ric edi­tion of the Au­to­mo­tive Me­chan­ics man­ual, fea­tur­ing a photo on the cover taken at the wet Bathurst race of 1972. That’s Don Hol­land in the fifth­placed LJ To­rana on the front, with the Barry Se­ton Fin­nie Ford Es­cort GT fol­low­ing on the back cover. He picked up this book for $2. Shaun also has a 1977 Ade­laide street di­rec­tory with a Sand­man ute parked in Run­dle Mall on the front cover.

But his real trea­sures are a cou­ple of faded news­pa­per cut­tings from the Ade­laide Ad­ver­tiser clas­si­fieds, dated Fe­bru­ary 8, 1969 when Chrysler was ac­tively look­ing for staff at its Ton­s­ley Park fac­tory.

Es­pe­cially in­ter­est­ing is the va­cancy for Ex­per­i­men­tal Me­chanic: “fit­ting ex­pe­ri­ence and a knowl­edge of draw­ings and re­port writ­ing es­sen­tial.”

He found th­ese sit­ting in his roof space, left there he sus­pects by the guy who in­stalled the hot wa­ter sys­tem forty-five years ago.

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