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...