My Mus­cle Car

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Sumo-sized golf bags.

In truth, the Ja­panese States­man DeVille played an im­por­tant role be­yond help­ing Isuzu fill a do­mes­tic niche. It’s just one com­po­nent of Holden’s multi-faceted af­fil­i­a­tion with Isuzu in the wake of Gen­eral Mo­tors tak­ing a 34 per­cent stake in the Ja­panese man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany in 1971. Ja­pan got a large car, while Holden be­gan im­port­ing Isuzu trucks around the same time that were ini­tially mar­keted as ‘Bed­ford by Isuzu’. A few years later came the Gemini.

Any­way, back to Daniel O’Grady, who says it’s some­thing of a mir­a­cle that the su­per rare HQ, last reg­is­tered in 1986, has sur­vived.

“The au­to­mo­tive re­al­ity in Ja­pan for cars older than 10 years is rust, higher rates of taxes, and the Ja­panese peo­ple’s love of a shiny, new car in their drive­way. That this lum­ber­ing States­man DeVille has es­caped the crusher is an ab­so­lute mir­a­cle. I doubt I’ll see an­other.”

He says the next two cars on his wish­list are some Aussie-built, 318ci V8-pow­ered Chryslers sold by Mit­subishi. Check­out wasabi­

AMC looks for­ward to pub­lish­ing those pics... when Daniel tracks them down. We know he will.

Reader: Brian ‘BJ’ Donnelly Mus­cle car: ‘Spotty’ Home­town: Bris­bane What is it? “1972 VH Pacer.” When did you buy it? “Only re­cently. It was re­stored about three years ago by a mate in Syd­ney and I have been wait­ing pa­tiently for the right chance to buy it – i.e. pounce!” Why did you buy it? “It’s a one-off car, Alpine White with tan in­te­rior and sport­ing the op­tion code A95, in­te­rior dress up pack­age of re­clin­ing bucket seats, three­spoke steer­ing wheel and car­pet. This op­tion usu­ally goes hand-in-hand with the op­tion A65 black bon­net and stripes, but this par­tic­u­lar car doesn’t have the A65 which is quite rare. It was op­tioned with delete black­outs on the bon­net. Be­sides, the VH sedan is re­ally just a four-door ver­sion of a R/T Charger.” What do you know about its life? “It was bought new in Mt Isa and has had six own­ers since new. As I said, it was re­stored about three years ago.” Why the nick­name Spotty? “The car sat for years un­der a car­port with rusted holes in it and the ‘acid rain’ [ED: sul­phur diox­ide fall­out from mines] in Mt Isa cov­ered the car in spots of rust! The ‘be­fore’ pic says it all! The Mus­cle Car Marathon to Mecca brings to­gether a long over­due or­gan­ised ‘RALLY’ fo­cused on Aus­tralian ‘Low Pro­duc­tion High Per­for­mance’ Mus­cle Cars pro­duced be­tween 1967 and 1987.” Any big trips planned for Spotty? “I’m plan­ning to take Spotty on the Mus­cle Car Marathon to Mecca rally this Oc­to­ber to Bathurst for the big race. A mate of mine, Shane, is also keen on do­ing the event, in the Leo Geoghe­gan trib­ute Pacer he re­cently bought from me.” Any­thing you’d like to add? “I’ve got a bit of thing for trib­ute cars, as I also had a replica of the Cas­trol #17 car which I drove in Reg­u­lar­ity events and in Im­proved Pro­duc­tion-type races. My pas­sion is Valiants, for sure!”

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