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1976 Holden HX Monaro GTS – Royal Plum

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HX was in­tro­duced in July 1976 and was ba­si­cally a cos­metic up­grade on the HJ, although one ma­jor rea­son for the re­lease of the HX was the in­tro­duc­tion of new anti-pol­lu­tion re­quire­ments, to re­duce ex­haust emis­sions. But the ad­di­tion of emis­sion-con­trol equip­ment with­out any re-de­sign of the ba­sic en­gine saw re­duc­tions in both fuel ef­fi­ciency and power out­put. As new emis­sion con­trols killed off many Aus­tralian per­for­mance car favourites, the HX Holden Monaro GTS was also one of the few to keep the V8 mus­cle car tra­di­tion alive. Clas­sic Car­lecta­bles has just re­leased this 1:18 scale diecast model of the HX Monaro by South­ern Mod­els, in strik­ing Royal Plum with black stripes, in a strictly limited edi­tion of 1000. It fea­tures a highly de­tailed in­te­rior and en­gine bay, sports wheel rims and work­ing sus­pen­sion. For de­tails and stock­ists, go to www.clas­s­ic­carecta­bles.com.au

1958 Holden FC Spe­cial – De-Luxe Red Cabs

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Holden FC was a popular model for the taxi in­dus­try, com­bin­ing low main­te­nance, re­li­a­bil­ity and com­fort. Avail­able in three trim lev­els, the ‘217’ Busi­ness sedan’s mod­est in­te­rior was orig­i­nally tar­geted to­wards the taxi and fleet mar­ket. The higher level of trim in the ‘225’ Spe­cial was favoured by the public. As such, many taxi com­pa­nies – in­clud­ing De-Luxe Red Cabs – op­er­ated the Spe­cial in their fleet, as seen in Clas­sic Car­lecta­bles’ new limited re­lease of 1000 in 1:18 scale diecast metal.

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