My Mus­cle Car

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Win­ton, and Hume Weir. The garage he worked at spon­sored him, and you can still see the out­line of the old stick­ers on the rear quar­ters of the car, say­ing BP North Dan­de­nong.

“Since I’ve owned the To­rana I’ve met many peo­ple who re­mem­ber it racing.

“Af­ter many years the orig­i­nal owner put it in the shed and started to dis­as­sem­ble it with view to restor­ing it, but life got in the way and it sat there in pieces for close to a decade. When I pur­chased it I had ev­ery in­ten­tion of do­ing a full resto, as that is what I do for a liv­ing. But the first thing I did out of cu­rios­ity was to run the buff over the roof to see if the paint had any life left in it. To my sur­prise the scaly ox­i­di­s­a­tion dis­ap­peared fairly quickly and a day later (and four tins of cut­ting com­pound!) I stood back and re­alised the car was too good to re­store. Con­se­quently the only paint the car has had is the black along the bot­tom as there were some rust is­sues that had to be fixed. Other than that the paint is all orig­i­nal.

“The in­te­rior was okay ex­cept for the front seats, which I had to re-trim as they were too far gone to be saved. The most dif­fi­cult part was find­ing Ju­niper vinyl.

“I had to re­place the car­pet too, but the rest of the in­te­rior just needed some TLC.

“As for the me­chan­i­cals and the rest of the car, I only did the min­i­mum re­quired to make it safe and road­wor­thy. The car still re­tains the orig­i­nal driv­e­train, in­clud­ing the JP block, although af­ter 70,000 hard kilo­me­tres it’s get­ting a bit tired! That is next on the agenda.

“I am lucky as I also have the orig­i­nal num­ber plates, dealer in­voice, and all the ser­vice books that came with the car. I still see the orig­i­nal owner from time to time; in fact, at the Phillip Is­land His­torics one year he came for a lap around the track with me, which was a buzz for both of us.” How does it go? “Hav­ing driven quite a num­ber of other XU-1s, it has a bit more poke than, say, a stan­dard XU-1. I’ve driven it to Ade­laide, Bathurst and Queens­land for var­i­ous XU-1 events. Its good fun but it’s also a re­lief to get out of it at the end of the day!” Any­thing you’d like to add? “One of the nicest byprod­ucts of own­ing this car is the won­der­ful peo­ple I’ve met whilst par­tic­i­pat­ing in the events I’ve been to. Most of the other cars at these events are pret­tier than mine but I am amazed at the in­ter­est it gets be­cause it is un­re­stored. And I’ve de­cided it’s nice not hav­ing to worry about stone chips or get­ting dirty! I’ve had some pretty tempt­ing of­fers to sell but this car’s not go­ing any­where.”

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