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RPO 83 ‘Plus’

February 12th, 2015 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Australian Muscle Car issue #79 presents the closest thing we’ve seen to a Phase IV coupe. Incredibly, this XA Falcon RPO 83 was virtually unwanted early in its life for reasons including engine behaviour that suggested, to the uninitiated, major internal woes. Those unorthodox noises hint to secrets that lie within, as our story in the latest edition outlines.

The RPO 83 Falcons were effectively a way for Ford to use up leftover parts from the stillborn XA GT-HO Phase IV program. And our cover story car has more than its fair share of go-fast Phase IV parts.

Today the Calypso Green is considered a work of art – literally! It will soon be part of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria celebrating Australian automotive design. The XA was the first Ford Falcon designed in Australia.

Beyond our cover story, we put the spotlight on one of the most celebrated Bathurst 1000-winning cars, the Torana A9X that won the 1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 in the hands of Peter Brock and Jim Richards. This HDT Torana, which won the race by the biggest margin in the event’s history, six laps, remains one of the most lightly raced Great Race victors.

Brock’s 1979 Bathurst ride features on one side of our regular poster. The other side displays our cover car, the Calypso Green XA GT RPO 83.

In the third and final part of our Allan Moffat profile, we fire some probing questions at the four-time Bathurst and ATCC winner. His answers provide an insight into what the makes the racing great tick.

It’s 25 years since Australia’s first NASCAR champion was crowned. Fittingly, the winning car is displayed in a Launceston museum, in the livery of its

greatest achievement down under. Yet, before this car came to Australia, it had already created history in the USA. AMC #79 tells this Chev Monte Carlo’s remarkable story.

Meantime, AMC has reached the halftime break in

our review of defunct race circuits of the muscle car era. During this intermission we switch our attention to

Issue #79 also recalls the only Kingswood to run in the Bathurst classic, highlights the Bib Stillwell Special XA Fairmont; AMX survivors and digs up another Tasman Bridge disaster survivor.the major metropolitan drag strips that have passed into history.

For racing enthusiasts, we feature Brian Foley’s Alfa GTAm, which bought into the ‘big into little’ mantra via the fitment of a V8.

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