UTEOPIA!

AS AUSSIE AS A MEAT PIE AND THE SYD­NEY HAR­BOUR BRIDGE

Unique Cars - - CONTENTS - WORDS GUY ALLEN CLIFF CHAM­BERS

What on earth hap­pened to them all? There was a time when sights like the two work­horses you see here lit­tered our roads – lo­cally made chrome bumper utes as far as the eye can see. Not any­more.

Ac­tu­ally, we have a pretty good idea what hap­pened to them. What lit­tle is left of most of these utes went to the tip, or have qui­etly rot­ted back to their el­e­men­tal com­po­nents un­der a tree, in a pad­dock some­where. That's be­cause there was a time when they were just tools. Wear it out, move on and buy an­other.

Of course over the years we've seen them grow way past the hum­ble role of cart­ing bricks and sheep. They be­came high-per­for­mance toys, more glam­our than gum­boots, and over the years have mor­phed into trea­sured clas­sics.

While their num­bers have dwin­dled, there is still a rea­son­able se­lec­tion on the mar­ket at half way rea­son­able prices. Let's have a look, shall we?

PHO­TOS SHAUN TAN­NER GUY ALLEN

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