Out of Ac­tion

Australian Muscle Car - - Contents -

Over­looked, over­cooked and ‘over-chooked’ sur­viv­ing clas­sics from our mo­tor­ing past – sniffed out by AMC read­ers.

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.

Hi AMC, I have been buy­ing your mag since the very be­gin­ning and never miss an is­sue. At­tached is a pho­to­graph of a Holden ute that used to be a work ute for the lo­cal agri­cul­tural me­chan­i­cal busi­ness that my father worked for. The ute ap­par­ently had a small mishap one day on the job and wound up on its roof. It was righted and from what I un­der­stand was sal­vaged by a lo­cal farmer. It sits in a pad­dock on his farm now rust­ing away next to dozens of old Hold­ens, Chryslers, Fords (in­clud­ing an old V8-en­gined XB Fal­con panel van that also be­longed to the same busi­ness and was Dad’s own field ser­vice ve­hi­cle), and lots of vin­tage Amer­i­can iron. Un­for­tu­nately, of all the photos I took, this is the only de­cent pic as the sun had gone down at the time. Ap­par­ently this old guy buys but never sells so there is no chance of get­ting any of them off him. Re­gards, Mark

Hi AMC, As a long-time reader and oc­ca­sional com­men­ta­tor in your fine publi­ca­tion (be­fore your time), it is time I sent in some more ma­te­rial, this time some “Out of Ac­tion” pics. You may have been sent some of this par­tic­u­lar col­lec­tion be­fore, as they are not par­tic­u­larly hid­den and are just out­side of Ruther­glen in North­ern Vic­to­ria. Judg­ing by the ra­zor wire, barbed wire, guard dogs and triple-wire elec­tric fence run­ning around the perime­ter, the owner is aware of what the value of some of the parts are and has prob­a­bly been at the mercy of vul­tures be­fore. There is a good se­lec­tion of Hold­ens (all full size sedan vari­ants from FX to HZ, plus a fair To­rana group), some Ford (XR/XT/XW) and a smat­ter­ing of Vals. A lot of the com­mer­cials look to be the pick of the bunch, with a cou­ple of the HD/HR panel vans and utes look­ing to be great pro­ject cars. A cou­ple of EHs look good too. No coupe vari­ants of any brand to be noted. Cheers, Si­mon

This is­sue’s Out Of Ac­tion win­ner will re­ceive this beaut 1:18 scale mus­cle car model from Clas­sic Car­lecta­bles. AMC will contact this is­sue’s win­ner soon with fur­ther de­tails. So, keep send­ing in those great photos and short sto­ries for your chance to win!

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