Out of Action
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!