Guy Allen's Top Picks for Aust & US Muscle Cars

By: Guy Allen

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Guy Allen chooses his top three Oz/US muscle cars

1967 Hardtop Fairlane, Mercury or Galaxie

I’m not being too fussy here, as any one of those three options looks pretty good, in my view. It would have to be the 390 V8, or larger and I reckon an auto would be just fine. The combination of the loooong swept-back roof, and the giant snout with the vertically-stacked headlights really does it for me.

Done right, it’s as much muscle car as cruiser, which would be a good thing to play with on a sunny Sunday. I reckon mid to high 30s would pull in a decent one.


Holden Commodore SS-V Redline


Okay, so I’m heading into the very late model territory here, but they’re not building them any more. Frankly I’d be a little tempted to get a wagon for its comparative rarity, but in any case I’d probably go for a manual sedan. A VF Series II would be my choice, in screaming red or that lairy green. And, most importantly, unmolested. They worked really well from the factory, and that’s how I’d like it delivered. Low forties would snare a good one.


Chevrolet Corvette C4


I can’t resist a bargain and this generation Corvette qualifies. The minute you walk away from the chrome bumper era, the prices drop and the value soars – or so it would seem. Let’s look at an example. As I write this has (through Prestige Motor Gallery in Sydney) a 1986 Targa top with the L98 5.7lt injected V8 and an auto. It’s decked out in leather, has power everything, air, and a nice set of 17-inch Aero wheels that I reckon suit it well. How much? $33k. To my way of thinking, that’s a lot of bang for the buck and I reckon these things are pretty easy on the eye.


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