Alex Affat's Top Picks for Aust & US Muscle Cars

By: Alex Affat

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Alex chooses his top three Oz & US muscle cars

Chevrolet Corvette C3 Convertible

Confession: I’m a bit of a NASA nerd even though the Space Race took place decades before my time. Mostly spurred on by my other fascination of watchmaking – and the Omega Speedmaster ‘moonwatch’ in particular (which was actually originally a racing watch, not destined for space exploration, but I digress…).

Equally as synonymous with NASA’s Apollo program as the Omega chronograph, is the Chevrolet C3 Corvette, which were given to astronauts by GM. They’re stupidly cheap compared to anything Australian, so give me an early-year model with chrome bumpers, a big block 427 and in convertible guise for those sunny days. And a Speedmaster.

 

Ford XB GT Hardtop

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‘The Great Australian Road Car’ is my top pick of any muscle car. Also a bit of a fantasy as any two-door hardtop example of the XA-XC generation has asking prices through the roof.

But in my eyes, they’re the most gorgeous iteration of the Falcon’s most gorgeous generation.

To me, ‘the last GT’ defines 70s muscle, with loud colours and even louder 351s.

Just 949 XB GT coupes had been produced by the time the plug was pulled in June 1976, and a lot less are probably still out there. Guido says there’s no budget for this one, so take this as one of my (many) ‘when-I-win-Tattslotto’ picks.

 

Chevrolet Impala SS Hardtop

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1965-1966 Impala Hardtops represent amazing value, and are wildly under-appreciated here in Australia.

They’re an imposing looking thing, with a long stretched out wheelbase, and horrific overhangs at each end.

Big blocks weren’t as prevalent for those years, so if you wanted Chevrolet’s fabled 427 V8, you were likely talking to the salesman about an Impala. They’re rare finds here in Australia, but we’ve seen some neat examples with very attractive asking prices. Hundred-spokes and hydraulics are optional…

 

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