In sum­mary

Australian Muscle Car - - '66 Clickety-Click -

If the golden years of the Aus­tralian mus­cle car era were 1967 to 1977, then 1966 rep­re­sents the first hint of light on the hori­zon. For the Big Three, the process had been slow but the end game was clearly there – much more per­for­mance from the staid fam­ily sedan with­out a big cost penalty. We were un­know­ingly on the cusp of some­thing re­ally big in high per­for­mance mo­tor­ing. The stir­rings of change were in the air. Be­hind the scenes there was plenty of ac­tiv­ity. For in­stance, Ford’s first Prod­uct Com­mit­tee meet­ing for ’66 was briefed on the Holden HK se­ries. The com­mit­tee learned that a sup­posed ‘GT’ coupe model and V8 en­gines were in de­vel­op­ment.

John Bagshaw, 41, had as­sumed the role of Sales Di­rec­tor at GM-H and he wanted Holden to have an im­age to ri­val Pon­tiac’s GTO and Ford’s Mus­tang in the states.

Hear­ing of its ri­vals’ big plans, Ford’s re­solve firmed for its own im­age builder as part of the al­limpor­tant XR model.

In 1966 the mus­cle car era was dawn­ing...

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