Rob’s red rocket

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Syd­neysider Rob Lo­surdo’s own VH Group 3 High Out­put – well his pride and joy, out of the four Group 3 High Out­puts he owns in to­tal – has just 20,000km on the clock, and it looks like it just rolled from the hal­lowed op­er­a­tion’s HQ. Lo­surdo found the Maranello Red three­owner car ad­ver­tised on Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car Sales in early 2015, fly­ing up to Bris­bane to com­plete the pur­chase in Fe­bru­ary, be­fore driv­ing the car home. “It was one of the best drives I’ve ever had,” he re­calls.

Rob set about track­ing down the orig­i­nal owner in Queens­land, who helped fill in the back-story. The VH was sold new on Septem­ber 30, 1983 by Noel Gould Townsville Pty Ltd and cost $26,525.

Ex­er­cis­ing re­mark­able fore­thought,

the orig­i­nal owner kept the car all orig­i­nal, which mean the bare-bones orig­i­nal spec re­mains to­day – there’s no ra­dio, just a blank­ing plate and a plug in the aerial hole, and there’s no air-con! “Brock was try­ing to cash in,” ex­plains Lo­surdo. “He had a Group 1 stereo, a Group 2 stereo and a Group 3 stereo – the lat­ter cost $850 to $900!” The orig­i­nal buyer ob­vi­ously wasn’t tempted, though he did spring for the long-range fuel tank ($282), dual tone horns ($60), en­gine oil cooler ($165), anti-surge oil sump ($395), ram air ($325), 16-inch Cen­tra wheels (as op­posed to the stan­dard 15-inch Irm­sch­ers; $1855), af­ter­care full treat­ment ($525 for paint pro­tec­tion!) and, of course, the High-Out­put en­gine ($2750).

If Rob’s face looks fa­mil­iar, per­haps it’s be­cause it ap­pears on the cover of the fa­bled AMC is­sue #1. That’s him be­hind the wheel of the sil­ver HK Monaro GTS 327 on the front row of our grid.

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