On a scale of 1:43 to 1:18, here are some of AMC’s all-time favourite local muscle cars.
1973 ATCC Charger R/T E49
Following the Supercar Scare of June 1972, Chrysler Australia withdrew support for racing. And although the E49 Charger was the most powerful six-cylinder production car of the day, Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan – a previous ATCC winer – found it hard to keep up with factory-backed Fords and Holdens. However, he pushed himself and his car to collect 21 points and sixth place in the 1973 ATCC. Classic Carlectables’ new 1:18 scale diecast model of his E49 Charger replicates the 265ci Hemi engine with etched metal air filters on the triple Weber 58DCOs. Open the doors and you’ll note the tilting vinyl seats, three-spoke steering wheel, softfabric race harness, fire extinguisher and rollcage. The operational front suspension even features the unique Chrysler Valiant torsion spring set-up. See more of this fine model at www.classiccarlectables.com.au
1976 Ford XB Falcon hardtop, Goss Racing
For the 1976 Bathurst 1000, John Goss teamed up with Kiwi, Jim Richards. The race looked promising with the pair qualifying fifth on the grid. Prior to the start of the race, Goss was taken ill, which left most of the driving to be done by Richards. Early clutch problems hampered their efforts however, and a lengthy pit-stop was needed to fix it. Sadly, the new clutch also failed, forcing their retirement on lap 129. Classic Carlectables’ new 1:18 scale diecast model shows the iconic XB hardtop off to perfection, with an outstanding level of detail in the engine bay, chassis and interior, as well as working front suspension and steering. Limited to only 500 individually numbered pieces worldwide it is available now from the usual stockists. For details, visit www.classiccarlectables.com.au
2016 Commodore VFII SS-V Redline
its 304kW 6.2-litre LS3 V8, this is easily the most powerful production Commodore ever. Now, thanks to Biante, you can own one – albeit in 1:43 scale – finished in authentic Slipstream Blue. Just go to www.biante.com.au