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    1971-73 Chrysler VH Valiant: Right Ingredients, Wrong Cuisine
    1971-73 Chrysler VH Valiant: Right Ingredients, Wrong Cuisine
    The VH Valiant marked the first in an unprecedented synchronized generational change for all three of Australia’s mainstream family cars. For a short time, Chrysler’s VH Valiant was the freshest entry in a segment filled with ageing rivals. After a string of coincidences and delays, Chrysler, Holden and Ford in that order, launched brand new models starting with the VH range in June 1971 followed by Holden’s HQ in July 1971 and Ford’s XA in March 1972. For the first time, all three were unique to Australia and based on the same 111inch/2819mm identical wheelbase.
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    1961-67 Citroen ID19: The Aussie Goddess Called Parisienne
    1961-67 Citroen ID19: The Aussie Goddess Called Parisienne
    For a 1955 release, the Citroen DS, or Goddess as it was more commonly known here from the translation of the French word déesse, stopped the world in its tracks. Not only did its wild new shape point to the future, its revolutionary use of hydraulics, its inboard front disc brakes and use of new lightweight materials were just a sample of the many areas where the new Citroen challenged established thinking. By August 1961, a more basic version of the radical new car was being built in Australia and marketed as the Parisienne featuring a unique combination of local and French parts.
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    1973-74 Holden HQ Monaro GTS 350: Benchmark Holden Versus the GM Civil Service
    1973-74 Holden HQ Monaro GTS 350: Benchmark Holden Versus the GM Civil Service
    The Holden HQ was the first Holden that wasn’t a direct evolution of the original 1948 model. Its dramatic new styling presented something new every time you saw it for months later. Its unprecedented body and structural strength with all-coil suspension not only smoothed-out the roughest Aussie roads but extended longevity. The Monaro GTS 350 four door that arrived almost two years later in March 1973 should have been the most desirable version of all. The reasons why it could never match its Falcon GT rival in the desirability stakes and still doesn’t, can also explain the beginning of the end of Holden as Australians knew it.
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    1976-86 Rover 3500 SD1: The P76 that Australia Should Have Built
    1976-86 Rover 3500 SD1: The P76 that Australia Should Have Built
    On its launch on June 30, 1976, the new Rover 3500 SD1 was globally acclaimed as the way of the future. Its refined simplicity shamed far more complex rivals at a fraction of the price and struck a chord with a world weary of complication that didn’t deliver. Despite huge waiting lists that took several years to satisfy, the SD1 exited the market a decade later as one of the most despised and derided models in the history of the car.
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    VH Valiant: The R/T ‘Super Charger’ that never made it
    VH Valiant: The R/T ‘Super Charger’ that never made it
    Former Chrysler Australia competitions manager John Ellis is adamant that the R/T Charger E49 Hemi Six Pack, which on release in August 1972 was the fastest accelerating production car in Australia, was the end result of a long wish-list which could only be partly implemented.
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    Citroen DS/ID: From Mount Panorama to The Marathon
    Citroen DS/ID: From Mount Panorama to The Marathon
    "It was terrific to drive because we could run it flat-out all day, as fast as it would go," said racing great Brian Foley when quizzed about the Citroen ID19 he shared with Bill Buckle in the 1964 Armstrong 500 at Bathurst.
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    Holden HQ Monaro: Bob Jane’s magnificent GTS 350
    Holden HQ Monaro: Bob Jane’s magnificent GTS 350
    Tyre retailing giant Bob Jane owned and raced some of the fastest and most exciting sports cars and sedans in Australia. Arguably the most successful and fondly remembered was the HQ Monaro GTS 350 which the Bob Jane Racing Team campaigned with great success throughout the 1970s.
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    Rover 3500 SD1: British V8 muscle on the Mountain
    Rover 3500 SD1: British V8 muscle on the Mountain
    Tom Walkinshaw Racing delivered Jaguar’s first and only Bathurst 1000 victory in 1985 with its howling XJ-S V12 coupes. Perhaps less known is that TWR also ran booming V8-powered Rover SD1s there the previous year, which dominated the new Group A ’preview’ class and showed that the muscular British sedan was poised to become a serious contender in Aussie tin-top racing.
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