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5 Australian Muscle Cars Meaner Than Mad Max

Bill Wilson

Loud vehicles that go fast in a straight line. That’s what it means to be a “muscle car.” The term refers to classics with names like GTO, Charger, and Fury. Each was born right here in America, thank you very much.

That’s not to say that there haven’t been worthy overseas competitors. Down Under, the Aussies are known from building machines that can give our domestic champions a run for their money. Here’s a quick look at five great muscle cars built by Australia’s “Big Three:” Holden, Ford Australia, and Chrysler Australia.  Each could hold its own on Main Street USA any day of the week.

1972 Holden Torana GTR:

Holden Torana GTR

With a top speed of 137 mph, this bad boy could go 0-100 km/h (app. 62 mph) in 8.2 seconds – respectable if not exactly spectacular.

1971 Ford Falcon GT:

1971 Ford Falcon GT

Considered the greatest of all Australian muscle cars, the Aussie version of the Falcon had a top speed of 139 mph and could go 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.4 seconds.

1969 Holden Monaro:

1969 Holden Monaro

With stats slightly better than those of the Falcon, the Monaro (from the aboriginal phrase meaning “to fly”) was a worthy competitor on both sides of the globe.

1972 Dodge Charger:

01-Valiant CH Charger

Top speed: 134 mph, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) 6.1 seconds.  The 4.3 L engine produced insane amounts of torque for a six-cylinder.

1985 HDT VK SS:

1985 HDT VK SS

Even with government-imposed engine size limits cramping its style, the ’85 HDT went 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.1 seconds and topped out at 137 mph.

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