My Muscle Car
Reader: Phil Rizzo Muscle car: 1972 VH Charger R/T E49 Hometown: Brisbane, Queensland What is it? A Hot Mustard small tank VH R/T E49 Valiant Charger, built on Friday, 16 June, 1972 and first sold on August 2, 1972. Options: A87 Track Pack; A95 interior dress-up package; D20 4-speed manual floor shift; D56 3.50:1 rear axle with sure grip LSD; E49 Six Pack engine (302 bhp) G60. The car has undergone a 3.5-year bare-metal restoration. Every nut, bolt and component has been removed and either refurbished or replaced with period correct parts. The engine has been totally rebuilt with custom remanufactured .60 thou- over Six Pack pistons. The engine was rebuilt to original specifications with minor reliability and performance upgrades. When did you buy it? I bought the car on 20 July 2012. It had been listed for sale for some time. It was advertised as: “interior good, body needs some rust work and a repaint or can be driven as is.” The car was about 90 per cent complete and had various later model replacement parts fitted. These parts were swapped for period correct components during the restoration. I bought the car sight unseen from interstate but had a mechanical inspection carried out in NSW before I did the deal. The car was driven to Brisbane by the previous owner from just near Taree, NSW. For a sight unseen car it was OK – the car was original but needed a lot of work. What do you know about its life? I bought it from an ex-police officer who had owned it for 28 years. I tracked down the person he bought it from (Grant) and I was able to establish that he had bought the car in Sydney in 1983 for the princely sum of $400! It was in pretty bad shape and the Webers and manifold were in the boot as the then owner had replaced them with a Holley as petrol was too expensive! During its time with Grant it was used as a daily driver for a few years and then restored for the first time. On this occasion it was repainted Vitamin C. I was told that the paint job on it before that had been done with a paint brush! Once the car was completed and without the knowledge of the owner it was stolen from his yard and taken for a joy ride. Whilst watching TV on that night he answered a knock on the door with two police officers stating they had located his Charger. He advised, ‘Yeah, it’s on the front lawn’. He was then told it had been found a few miles away in a ditch. This prompted the second restoration and on this occasion it was painted red.