Curbside Classic Archive: Australian Brands

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The 1970s Aussie Six Cylinder Small Cars: When Long Noses Were Fashionable (History)   Bootiebike

The Aussie Ute (History)   JohnH875

The Tasman Bridge Cars: Stopped In The Nick Of Time   Bootiebike

Chrysler Australia

The Valiant In Australia: Part 1     Part 2   JohnH875

1959 Chrysler AP2 Plainsman: Happy Accident   Don Andreina

1971 Valiant Charger RT Hemi Six Pack: That Thing Got A Hemi? Um; Not Quite   Paul N

1972 Chrysler by Chrysler Hardtop: Brougham Australian Style   JohnH875


Large And In Charge: A Visual History Of The Aussie Ford Fairlane and LTD   William Stopford

A Tribute To The Australian Ford Falcon   JohnH875

1970 Ford ZC Fairlane 500: A Stranger In A Strange Land   Jason Shafer

1971 Ford Falcon (XY) 351 GT: The Australian Four-Door Mustang Boss 351   Paul N

1972-79 Australian ‘Super’ Premium Fords: Parsing FoMoCo’s Alternate Universe Broughams   Don Andreina

1976 Ford Falcon XC GT 351 Ute: This Time For Real (Or So I Thought)   Paul N

1981-85 Ford KA/KB Laser: A Beam Of Light   William Stopford

1985-87 Ford Telstar TX5 Turbo: In High Orbit   William Stopford

1988-95 Ford Fairlane/LTD: Identifying The Common Lincs   William Stopford

1989-94 Ford Capri: Unfashionably Late   William Stopford

1989-92 Ford Corsair/Nissan Pintara: A Lame Duck Bluebird   William Stopford

1992 Ford Capri Barchetta: Full Circle   JohnH875

1994-96 Ford Laser Lynx: The Sun Sets In The East   William Stopford

1996-98 Ford Taurus Ghia: The Hometown Falcon Knocks Out The Ovoid Contender   William Stopford

1998-2002 Ford AU Falcon: Proven Mechanicals, Avant-Garde Styling   William Stopford

2002-05 Ford BA Falcon: One Of The Greatest Australian Cars Ever Made   William Stopford

2009 Ford Falcon G6E (& Holden Calais): Last Of The Australians   William Stopford


Australian Auto Family Trees: The Holden Commodore From A-Z VB-VF (History)    Scott McPherson

What’s In A Borrowed Name? (Holden History)   William Stopford

1953 Holden FJ Ute: In Memoriam   Paul N

1956-58 Holden FE Special Sedan: The More Australian Car   Don Andreina

1961-62 Holden EK

1962-63 Holden EJ (&1963-65 EH): The Aussie 1950s Chevrolets   Bootiebike

1965-66 Holden HD Special Station Sedan: The Down Under, 3/4 Scale 1962 Oldsmobile   Tom Klockau

1966-68 Holden HR Ute: It’s A Beaut

1969-70 Holden Brougham: A Case Of GM Following The Market   JohnH875

1970-71 Holden HG Monaro GTS: Heavy Metal On The Grassy Plain   Jason Shafer

1976-80 Holden LX & UC Torana/Sunbird: Think Of It As Australia’s Chevy Nova   William Stopford

1976 Holden Monaro LE: Beginning Of The End Of An Era   JohnH875

1977-80 Holden HZ One Tonner: A Genuine Grandpa’s Axe   Don Andreina

1977-80 Statesman DeVille (HZ): If We Can’t Export Cars, We Can Export Their Names   Paul N

1978-81 Holden VB/VC Commodore: The Beginning Of A New Era   William Stopford

1980-85 Statesman WB by General Motors-Holden: What A Beaut   William Stopford

1982-89 Holden Camira: The Short-Lived Australian J-Car   William Stopford

1982-89 Holden Camira: The Thrill Of Writing About J-Cars   William Stopford

1985-87 Holden RB Gemini: The Stars Didn’t Align   William Stopford

1986-88 Holden VL Commodore: A Heart Transplant From Overseas   William Stopford

1988 Holden Camira JE Wagon: Chimera Obscura   Tatra87

1988-91 Holden VN Commodore: Revisiting The Opel Mine   William Stopford

1990-94 Holden VQ Statesman/Caprice: The Admirals To The General’s Commodore   William Stopford

1994-95 Holden VR Caprice: Broughams Down Under   William Stopford

2002 Holden Monaro: A Tale Of Two Cars   JohnH875

2003-07 Holden Adventra: Territory Enemy   William Stopford

2003-05 Holden ZC Vectra: A High Flyer Stuck At Baggage Check   William Stopford

2007 Holden Calais V (& 2009 Ford Falcon): Last Of The Australians   William Stopford

2017 Holden WN II Caprice V: Bittersweet (Driving Impression)   William Stopford

Leyland Australia

1973-74 Leyland P76: Leyland Lays An Egg Of A Different Sort   Paul N

1975 Leyland P76 Executive V8: The End Of Empire   Roger Carr


Ramblin’ In The Southern Hemisphere   Scott McPherson

1970-72 Rambler Hornet: No That Is Not A Typo!   JohnH875