Australian Muscle Car - - Out Of Action -

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 spe­cific 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. Send your en­tries to am­ced­i­to­rial@chevron.com.au or by post to Locked Bag 5555, St Leonards, NSW 2065.

I saw this car in sub­ur­ban Mel­bourne and even though I’m a Ford fan I’m still tempted to knock on the door and ask if it’s for sale. In the mean­time, it’s do­ing a great job hold­ing up the back fence! Phil

Here is a 1969 HT Holden Monaro that I got tipped off about that was hid­ing in a dis­used fac­tory in cen­tral Vic­to­ria and I was lucky enough to buy. It is not a GTS but a stan­dard Monaro fin­ished in red ex­te­rior and red in­te­rior, disc brake front-end and 3-speed man­ual gear­box. The Monaro was pre­vi­ously owned by a GM-H ex­ec­u­tive, was then a young guy’s first car be­fore be­ing pulled apart some years ear­lier. We were able to bor­row a fork­lift from next door and roughly re­assem­ble the old Monaro so that my mates and I could roll it onto the trailer. We had left home early that morn­ing got the Monaro as­sem­bled back on its wheels and on the trailer and still made it to the pub for a counter meal. A great day out. Des

This is­sue’s Out Of Ac­tion win­ner will re­ceive a 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!

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