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SPOTTED – 1932 Morris Minor Monster Mash

SPOTTED – 1932 Morris Minor Monster Mash

First published 2011-05-21  We love a good hot-rod here at Garage of Awesome. We usually prefer ratter or nostalgia rods rather than super-slick street rods, but when we saw this, our brains literally crashed.   This 1932 looks like standard street rod fair from the front, although colour-coded grille, cycle guards and retro-Centreline-style wheels with spinners, plus a monster motor don’t necessarily an awesome rod maketh.   Oh wait. Look at it again. Look at ALL of it. WTF???! WE…

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GENERAL AWESOME – Freakshow – Ford XW Falcon GT 428 Cobrajet Bill Bourke Special

GENERAL AWESOME – Freakshow – Ford XW Falcon GT 428 Cobrajet Bill Bourke Special

First published in 2011-05-05  You’re the head of the local arm of a multi-national automotive corporation in the hedonistic late 1960’s. You’ve invented a muscle-car sub-genre that is going to prevail for decades. You need a daily driver. What to do? Chicago-born Bill Bourke was deployed to Ford Australia from 1965 to 1971 and during that time, not only became Managing Director of Ford’s local arm, he also invented the Ford Falcon GT. Not in that order. The story has entered…

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GLEANED – 1972 Ford Econoline – Mystery Machine

GLEANED – 1972 Ford Econoline – Mystery Machine

First published in 2011-04-19  Australia’s van market has always suffered from a lack of big, Yank-style, bonneted vans, which makes this item Gleaned from Gumtree a real pearler. The Aussie van scene has always forged its own path; for both tradies and surfies from the 1950’s right through to the 1980’s, the only real choice (aside from the ubiquitous VW Kombi) was a ‘sedan delivery’-style panelvan. Based off the popular Holden or Ford sedans (or more correctly, their commercial coupe…

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