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Ford Australia struck a win­ner with the Ter­ri­tory in 2004. A hand­some mono­coque de­sign stand­ing tall among a sea of lum­ber­ing sep­a­rate-chas­sis ri­vals, it pre­fig­ured an era when avail­able two-wheel drive and the lack of any real off-road­ing cre­den­tials played no de­ter­min­ing fac­tor in an SUV’S suc­cess, or lack thereof. As a de­sign, it was bang up to date – su­perb seat com­fort ( pro­vid­ing you weren’t dumped on the bones of your bum in the third-row), ex­cel­lent steer­ing re­sponse, sup­ple ride com­fort, and bril­liant vi­sion. Twelve years later, it was still a hand­some thing, fi­nally avail­able with a ( slug­gish) diesel en­gine op­tion in lieu of Ford’s spritely, if thirsty, petrol six, and still able to house a bot­tle of wine ly­ing flat in a be­spoke re­cep­ta­cle next to the front pas­sen­ger. Mel­bourne, dar­ling.

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