My Mus­cle Car

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Reader: Phil Walm­s­ley Mus­cle car: ‘The Prem’ Home­town: South­ern High­lands, NSW What is it? “HX Holden Premier with the 5.0-litre V8.” When did you buy it? “Fe­bru­ary 2015.” Why did you buy it? “I’d love a two-door HQ GTS, but they’re scarce and prices are high. This is my ‘wolf in sheep’s cloth­ing’. It packs a 308 V8 with fac­tory dualex­haust, GTS rally wheels and sports dash, plus cloth-trimmed seats. About as close as you could get to an HX Monaro with­out scream­ing out that you had a wolf. Although, thanks to ADR27A, a Monaro had be­come a bit more sheep­ish any­way! I wasn’t ac­tu­ally look­ing for a car [ED: Oh yeah, pull the other one], but a mate told me about it. His fa­ther’s for­mer nextdoor neigh­bor, who’d had the car for years, had come to the re­al­i­sa­tion he wasn’t go­ing to do any­thing with it and it was time for it to find a new home. There was re­ally no choice.” What do you know about its life? “It’s a 12/76 build, with the orig­i­nal owner tak­ing de­liv­ery from Urquhart and Ni­chol­son Mo­tors at Cooma on 11 Jan­uary 1977. To­tal price was $9887.92, and trade-in al­lowance for the HG Brougham was $4000. The car spent its first 23 years with the orig­i­nal owner, a sin­gle man, in Tu­mut. The pas­sen­ger seats and boot show

lit­tle ev­i­dence of use. When he passed away in 1999, the Prem was left to his nephew. At this point it had trav­elled only 85,000 kays, and it only cov­ered another 4000 in the en­su­ing five years be­fore the reg­is­tra­tion was al­lowed to lapse in 2004. It re­mained in a garage in the en­su­ing 11 years, be­ing started and moved oc­ca­sion­ally to main­tain it in run­ning or­der.” How does it go? “I was ac­tu­ally ex­pect­ing it to be a bit of a dog per­for­mance-wise, but it sur­prised me. There’s still plenty of horses and bags of low-down torque in a dual-ex­haust five-litre, even with the emis­sion con­trols. Corners, how­ever, are best taken in a re­laxed man­ner!” Any­thing you’d like to add? “It may not be a Monaro, but with lots of the right op­tions boxes ticked, and a rare colour combo – I’d be sur­prised if another Bordeaux Me­tal­lic fivelitre Prem with Si­enna cloth trim was built – she’s a pretty cool old girl. You just don’t see many cars of this age in such orig­i­nal un­mo­lested con­di­tion. I’m pretty happy to have it in the shed.”

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