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December 19th, 2017 by mcowner | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized |

Issue #99 of Australian Muscle Car magazine is all about the Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda tales – vehicles the ‘big three’ manufacturers oughta have produced in significant numbers but somehow fell through the cracks. AMC puts the spotlight on six such cars that were either prototypes that didn’t go ahead or machines that enthusiasts have produced themselves out of passion and curiosity. And simply because they could! Our six run to: Cortina V8 – While Ford Australia’s product planners gave consideration to a TC Cortina V8, they didn’t follow through on bringing this car to life. One South Australian enthusiast has built his own vision of what Ford was thinking.

Holden Monza V8 – Peter Brock was never short of an idea or new project and one of his best was a V8-powered Monza that either Holden or HDT Special Vehicles should have produced. Brock procured a Monza off the Opel assembly line in Germany, shipped it to Oz as his prototype and that car survives today. As we show you in issue #99.

Centura V8 – Chrysler Australia Limited should have taken a leaf out of Holden’s book by marketing four, six and V8 versions of its mid-size, mid seventies offering, the Centura. It would have worked a treat, judging by the Mahogany Brown 360ci-powered V8 Centura that one Victorian has built himself. You’ll love the cream vinyl roof.

Torana XU-1 V8 – Two years ago we exclusively revealed that the pink LJ GTR Torana V8 prototype lives on in Tasmania. At that time, 2015, that survivor was powered by a six-cylinder engine. Now, that magnificent little car is again powered by a 308ci engine – for the first time since the mid 1970s. Read our update in issue #99.

V8 Charger R/T – No one was more disappointed with Chrysler Australia’s decision not to sell and race a V8 R/T Charger than one of its own engineers, Bob Burke. So he built his own one-off version.

EA Falcon GT – Ford’s first V8 Falcon for a decade was a 1990 American-built prototype that never made production, but it paved the way for many more that followed. That car lives on today, stored away at Broadmeadows. Switching our focus to racecars, issue #99 presents the ultimate Bathurst Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda – the Bob Morris XD Falcon demolished on the Mountain in 1981. There’s an amazing, previously untold back story to this green and white machine, which is unique to our sport’s history – one race, instantly competitive, credited with second place, but never to grace a racetrack again.

Our Muscle Man personality this time is Johnny Goss. Has there been a more intriguing Bathurst winner than Goss? In this career overview, AMC’s editor, with input for the man himself, ponders what makes him tick.

The GTV6 we’ve dubbed ‘Il frigo giallo’ – the yellow fridge – lives on today as a reminder of the Alfa Romeo marque’s mid-1980s return to local tin-top competition with two of the greatest Aussie drivers behind the wheel.

Our event coverage includes 13th running of the Muscle Car Masters, which included the event’s most ambitious display yet. Plus there’s coverage of Brocktober 2017, effectively the nationals for the Brock Commodore Owners Association of Australia, and the latest instalment of the Leukaemia Foundation fundraiser which headed to NSW for the first time.

Those who like it dirty, will love our presentation of the top 25 Muscle Cars on dirt.

For drag racing fans, we put the spotlight on Santo Rapisarda. Americans adore Australians, especially those competing in top-line US motorsport. Rapisarda Autosport International’s ‘coals to Newcastle’ efforts have earned the Sydney squad respect and affection among NHRA fans.

Finally, there’s the Sacred Sites history lesson about Bathurst’s little brother, Sandown. The Melbourne circuit has a long and distinguished history, but is on borrowed time.

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