Australian Muscle Car - - Out of Action -

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 be­low).

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. Hello (Out of Ac­tion), I was read­ing about the NRMA HT Bel­mont Panel van restora­tion (Back on the Road) in is­sue #79. This story re­minded me of the three ex-RACV HR Holden Pan­el­van ser­vice units that I dis­cov­ered last year. My job as a fire­fighter in Vic­to­ria of­ten gives me ac­cess to the rear of prop­er­ties – we carry out in­spec­tions of premises from time to time as part of our du­ties. On one such in­spec­tion, at the rear of an in­dus­trial com­plex, I was amazed to see amongst about a dozen other golden oldies, three iden­ti­cal HR Holden Pan­el­van ex-RACV Ser­vice units. They looked to be never raided for parts, as they were in very orig­i­nal con­di­tion. Sadly, mother na­ture has taken its toll and the tin-worm looked to have them past the point of no re­turn. Amongst the dozen or so ve­hi­cles there was a HG Pan­el­van, and HK and HG sedans that were in re­stor­able cn­di­tion with rego stick­ers in­di­cat­ing they were on the road in the last five years. If only a bloke had a big­ger shed... Keep up the great mag­a­zine. Danny I have an XB Fal­con, my mate has just bought an XC Ford. He was look­ing for a set of wipers and a few other trim pieces. His girl­friend’s re­la­tion had an XC GXL he drove and parked up in the 1980s be­cause it had a miss. This is what 30+ years of ne­glect looks like. It’s only five min­utes away from me in the NSW Hunter Val­ley. Cheers, Ju­lian

Hi guys, I came across this GTR To­rana that had been dumped and pushed into a gully. It was jammed in with a split-win­dow Kombi! What a waste! Noth­ing sal­vage­able or I would have taken it. It’s on the banks of the Mur­ray River at Al­bury. Roger



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