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White knights to the rescue!

December 18th, 2014 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized


AMC #78 puts the spotlight on quirky limited edition models from the 1970s: the Charger White Knight, the John Goss Special Falcon and Holden’s LE Monaro. The Big Three turned to these limited edition specials to move slow-selling two-door models. That much was common. What varied was theming.

Ford went with what it knew best, motorsport; Holden opted for style and luxury; while Chrysler… well, it’s not really clear what the Adelaide-based manufacturer was thinking. Its distinctive White Knight Special was just so ‘out there’.

We’ve adopted this oddball tag for the overall theme of this issue’s three-pronged line-up of cover stories which put the spotlight on examples of ‘LE’ special-run models from 40 years ago. It’s an apt label given that a white knight, in popular parlance, is one that comes to the rescue.

Each was a game of clones – a run of identical vehicles with a job to do in the manner of a saviour. While not hero cars in a performance sense, they perfectly embody 1970s muscular automotive styling.

Beyond our trio of cover stories, AMC #78 tells the lifestory of Peter Brock’s 1978 Bathurst-winning Torana A9X. It’s a car which has lived in the shadow of the ’79 race winner. But shouldn’t.

Meantime, who better to tell the story of Allan Moffat’s racing career than the man himself. In part two, the racing legend recalls some of his successes outside the Blue Oval fold – and outside Australia.

For Falcon GT-HO enthusiasts, we present a story on a McLeod Ford GT-HO that lives on today.

Last issue we featured Dick Johnson’s Shell Sierras. This time Aaron Noonan details what became of Allan Moffat’s ANZ Sierras.

Year three of the Aussie Muscle Car Run saw participants journey beyond South Australia for the first time. AMC magazine was there for the capacity field’s pilgrimage to Mount Panorama and presents an extensive report.

Our popular Sacred Sites section outlines the history of the Wellington street circuit, which hosted a dozen dockside dust-ups in the Kiwi capital.

Leading motoring journalist Paul Gover drives the most muscular version of the last ever Falcon model, the FG X XR8. But is it a worthy send-off for an Australian motoring icon?

Find out in the latest issue of Australia’s favourite retro motoring magazine.

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