Action Out of
S ome 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 de nitely Out of Action, or close to it.
We don’t want to know where they are and we won’t be publishing speci c locations, because above all we must respect people’s privacy. Please note: we don’t publish images we suspect involved the act of trespassing. We just want to see some good, clean pics of these forgotten cars and short personal stories to go with them. For a chance to win, send your entries to amceditorial@chevron. com.au or by post to Locked Bag 5555, St Leonards, NSW 2065.
A few years ago you posted my story and pictures in Muscle Mail about my Torana L34 which I owned many years ago and it won the Maguires pack! I’ve been buying your magazine ever since. Anyway, I work in the wine industry and was chatting one day to one of my wineries grape growers and we started talking about cars. I have a Monaro GTS 327 and he owns a Torana A9X as it turns out, we both have worked together for a while but never knew we were both muscle car fans. He mentioned he had a Torana that had been sitting in one of his vineyards for years that “needed a bit of work”, and if I wanted it I could have it. Interested, I decided to take a look. As you can see from the pic, sadly, it’s too far gone. The floor is rusted out, but it has some interesting bits. Look closely and see a twin tailpipe jutting out the back, and yes that’s a fluted guard sitting inside. It has no tags, but it was a floor shift, two-door with GTR guards, so who knows what it was back in the day, but a good guess is at least a GTR. The fuel tank is also missing, so maybe it was an XU1. Another classic gone to heaven. Cheers, Pete
We had a travel rest stop in western Queensland, and I found this collection sleeping nearby: XY and XB Falcon sedans, an XL or XM Falcon wagon, among a few ’40s and ’50s classics. A storm was about to hit, so I didn’t get a chance to have a thorough look! Cheers, Carl