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Pure Power: Australia’s Greatest Ever Muscle Cars

Posted on: December 14, 2015 by Platinum Direct

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Every nation is synonymous with a certain type of car. Italy has its ferocious sports cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini. Britain has ultra-luxury, big-money cars such as Rolls Royce and Aston Martins. Japan has it’s drifters and sensible, family cars, and of course, the US has the Hummer.

In Australia, all we care about is pure muscle.

If you follow the latest in muscle car news, you may have seen that the new Ford Mustang has already sold out its entire allotment of Australian models until 2017.

Despite Ford shutting down its local production, Australian’s are still flocking in their 1000s to buy the redesign of one of the most iconic muscle car names in history. All 4000 cars have been bought or secured with deposits, and as many as 20,000 more people have shown interest in buying one from the next wave. That’s an extra 1000 orders since May this year.

Over 80% of buyers naturally chose the immensely powerful V8 model, proving the Aussies’ love for brute force is still going strong.

So to celebrate the return arrival of the new Mustang to our shores over the next few weeks, here is a list of the best ‘built-like-a-brick-house’ homegrown muscle cars.

1. 1977 Holden Torana A9X

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Let’s Check the Specs

Power: 142kW @ 5600rpm
Torque: 270Nm @ 4000rpm
0-100km/h: 8.2 seconds
Top Speed: 210km/h
How Much to Get My Hands on One?: $100,000 – $140,000

Some people have called this the best two-door car ever to be produced on Australian soil, and the A9X is one of the most wanted purpose-built muscle cars around. While sales were originally slow, the A9X’s legacy lives on almost 40 years after its release.

This car was built for a singular purpose, to move straight forward as fast and loud as humanly possible. It is a blunt instrument of pure power and kicks up dust like a sandstorm. The A9X was a limited-edition high-performance option designed for the Touring Car circuit, where it saw resounding success.

On its track debut, Peter Brock came out top at the 1977 Hang Ten 400 at Sandown in some serious style – finishing 6 laps ahead of 2nd place, and beating lap records left right and centre.

2. 2008 HSV W427

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Let’s Check the Specs

Power: 417.6kW @ 6000rpm
Torque: 640Nm @ 5000rpm
0-100km/h: 3.7 seconds
Top Speed: 299.3km/h
How Much for One of These Beauts?: $80,000 – $100,000

Now for a more modern example of how Aussie rules. The W427 was a response from Holden’s high-performance partner, Holden Special Vehicles, to the onslaught of powerful imports from Audi, BMW and Benz. And of course, it really showed them where the door is.

Carsguide called the W427 “Australia’s first genuine supercar” since the A9x and the Falcon in the 70s. It’s so powerful that even the slightest push of the pedal can see you smashing pass the speed limit. If you sneezed and hit the pedal too hard you could end up at the other side of town before you had a chance to wipe the snot from your nose.

The W427 set a new and unbeatable benchmark for muscle. It’s brash, it’s brutish, and it’s brilliant.

3. 2008 FPV F6

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Let’s Check the Specs

Power: 310kW @ 4400rpm
Torque: 565Nm @ 1950rpm
0-100km/h: 4.9 seconds
Top Speed: 221km/h
How Much Will That Set Me Back?: $28,000 – $50,000

Released in the same year, the FPV F6 FG is Ford’s angry response to the W427. Created by Ford Performance Vehicles to succeed the BF MkII and the F6 Typhoon, which at one point was recalled as it was “simply too powerful”.

The 4.0L Turbo engine pumps out a respectively hefty 420bhp with a lion’s roar. This car can torque the torque as well as walk the walk. As with all cars this powerful, it demands serious respect. One wrong footfall and this car will tear down the street like a bull in Pamplona.

One motoring journalist compared accelerating in this car to “cutting the cable on an elevator”, so God knows what it feels like to try and stop it. But we will never know, as no one who has ever got in an F6 has ever wanted to stop driving it.

4. 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III

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Let’s Check the Specs

Power: 224kW @ 5400rpm
Torque: 515Nm @ 3400rpm
0-100km/h: 6.4 seconds
Top Speed: 225km/h
Wait, Let Me Just Check My Wallet For…: $200,000 – $275,000

The Falcon is one of the most prestigious Australian cars of all time, and the best of the best is undoubtedly the GT-HO Phase III. The Falcon “Get The Hell Out” is as iconic and Australian as Steve Irwin in thongs wrestling a croc at a family BBQ.

Back in ’71, the Phase III was the fastest car on Aussie roads and remained so until the Lotus Carlton some 19 years later. The titanic 351 Cleveland V8 gave just shy of 380bhp, and the car was so powerful they literally couldn’t improve on it.

Ford tried to make a Phase IV, but the promise of a “160mph supercar” caused such a national uproar they were forced shelve the model after government ministers got involved. Although the Phase IV is the “the car that could have been”, the mighty Phase III was definitely “the car that was”.

5. 1969 Holden Monaro HT 350

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Let’s Check the Specs

Power: 224kW @ 5400rpm
Torque: 515Nm @ 3400rpm
0-100km/h: 6.4 seconds
Top Speed: 224km/h
Wait, How Much??: $90,000 – $140,000

Last, but far from least, is the HT 350. The Monaro series is one of the most successful and long-lasting Holden has ever produced, and the HT was produced in the range’s infancy. Released in response to the Falcon GTHO Phase I, the HT 350 was one of the first models to use Holden’s home-brand V8 engines. Even when cruising, the constant grumble of the powerful V8 is always there under the surface. As one owner says, “There is no radio; she plays her own music”.

As with all muscle cars, this thing burns through fuel like a Pacific oil spill – it can cost you as much as a meal just to back the thing out of your driveway. Of course, you get what you pay for right down to the last cent.

If you are looking for your own piece of Australian muscle, be sure to use our Car Finance Calculator to make sure you get the best rates available.

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