Australia, and the top 20 reasons to be here, was the cover story in the November 2010 edition of Wallpaper* – the glossy designer lifestyle magazine most likely to be found in the kind of hairdressing salons we can’t afford to visit.

The magazine is published in London so we couldn’t help noticing that one of those 20 reasons to be in Australia is our muscle car heritage.

“Forget the common misconception that America owns the rights to muscle-car glory,” writes the unnamed journalist, “because the greatest muscle car ever to have left black marks on a road is the 1969 Chrysler Valiant VG. Don’t let the Chrysler bit fool you – almost 100% of the design details... came courtesy of Australian engineers.”

The Hardtop Pacer is the one to have according to the anonymous expert, especially if you can find one in Bondi Bleach White or Thar She Blue colour options.

GT-HO and Monaro fans may not agree with the ‘greatest muscle car ever’ tag but that sound you hear is the price of VG Pacers clicking up a notch or two on the international market. They are currently valued at around the $25,000 mark.

This article appeared in Australia MUSCLE CAR Magazine Issue 58