- Published on Sunday, 18 August 2013 22:58
If today’s classic car shows are anything to go by, Australia in the 1970s must have been totally full of Falcon GTs, Monaro GTSes and Detroit steel.
But our car shows don’t accurately reflect our motoring; American cars were incredibly rare; they were expensive to purchase, expensive to import and were required to be converted to right-hand-drive. While it seems that these days, on any given Sunday, the Mustangs will outnumber the Camrys, the vast majority has been imported in the last ten to twenty years.
Depending on what Australian state you live in, local laws have made it easier to varying degrees to register left-hand-drive cars, providing of course they’re 25+ years old. In South Australia, they also have to be 100% standard.
But back in the 1970s, moneyed-up Mustang owners had to rely on the interchangeability of the local Falcon parts to get their exotic muscle car converted, while to date, GM’s Corvette has never been engineered for right-hand-drive, further complicating things.
This meant that buying a new 1970s Stingray could land you with an expensive pile of fibreglass and the distinct possibility of a dodgy-as, oil-bath-chain conversion being the only thing keeping the steering wheel connected to the wheels-that-steer!
So when the boys at Custom Performance Modification of Sydney decided that building a Corvette might be easier than importing and converting one, they may have been right…
But it’s not always that simple; styling a car to look good is a tricky business, while engineering the driveline and suspension to give the appropriate handling, feedback and feel is another thing altogether.
Enter the Perentti, with the styling of a Corvette and the chassis of a Holden….
- Published on Monday, 29 July 2013 15:43
Normally everything you see on Garage of Awesome SPOTTED is original material; sure, we glean photos of the net to make a point or show some history, but SPOTTED is because WE SPOTTED IT.
Today we make an exception; one of the GoA team was casually trawling Instagram looking for photos of nude dwarfs performing salubrious acts with goat’s cheese when he came across this little nugget….
- Published on Monday, 22 July 2013 21:40
Back in January 2012, Garage of Awesome featured a super-rare, one-of-49-in-Australia, Nissan CSP311 Silvia for sale. Although it was the classic Japanese equivalent of gutter trash (you’d go there, but you’d feel dirty afterwards), it was definitely saveable. And reasonably priced.
Well, that article must be getting high up in the inter-Googles (or was it this one about karate goons?), because Ray, the owner of this fully-restored CSP311 Silvia contacted us to ask if we’d like to put his car on our site.
He’s thinking of selling it. It’s awesome, so the answer was definitely ‘yes’.
- Published on Saturday, 29 June 2013 10:37
Some of our US readers may not be aware that the Pontiac Parisienne was sold here in Australia, assembled from CKD kits by General Motors’ Holden. Then again, some US readers may not even be aware what a Pontiac Parisienne is, because although Aussies think of them as big, Yank cars, they weren’t even sold in the USA.
Built in GM of Canada’s assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, the Parisienne actually resembled the US Pontiac Bonneville, Catalina and Laurentian models in style only; the body was shorter to fit on a ladder frame and wheelbase shared, for cost and economy-of-scale reasons, with the Chevrolet Impala.
Despite sharing a continent, the Canadians were never as brash as the Americans in their vehicular purchases; their population was one-tenth that of the USA's, meaning that a larger, heavier and more luxurious Pontiac would have found only a very limited buyer pool. Their spending habits were certainly more austere; their economy not as robust nor consumer-driven. Furthermore, import and export tariffs between the USA and Canada weren't exactly cheap, so GM of Canada's autonomous standing and ability to create unique cars for their own market meant that the Parisienne, positioned slightly above the Chevrolet Impala, was sold for the right money and therefore a runaway success.
- SPOTTED - Audi Fox. At the AIR off-street drags. In 1999.
- GLEANED - Ford Fairlane 500 motorhome
- GLEANED - Toyota Carina
- GLEANED - Chrysler VG Valiant Stirling Special
- GENERAL AWESOME - Cars of the Background
- SPOTTED - Chrysler VC Valiant Regal Safari - 'Pork Hunt'
- GLEANED - 1974 Chevrolet Impala wagon hearse
- GLEANED - Ludicrous BMC Mini Moke twin supercharged
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