The end is nigh - memory lane montage

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    The end is nigh - memory lane montage

    The whispers of the last Commodore update have begun and with it brings us closer to the end of the country's automotive industry.

    So, let's go for a wonder down memory lane. What are the 5 most memorable Australian cars (that made production) for you and why?

    To start off here are mine. Now as a 30 year old who never had much time for the 'classics' all of my faves are from the more modern era.

    5. The TRD Aurion
    I know this is lame but I just loved what Toyota did with the styling of this car. I can't remember the reasons that this car failed so spectacularly (probably torque steer) but I just remember seeing this and thinking how aggressive yet smart the car looked. Minus points for alloy wheels that looked like they were made of plastic.


    4. The Ford Territory
    A game changer. There have been a few times in my life that my inner Holden fan would look on in fear of a new Ford product that I was sure was going to decimate Holden (of the 3 occasions I thought this, the Territory was the only one that actually occurred). This was such a classic design with a real tip of the hat to some of Audi's design themes. To top it off it had all the practicality tricks up its sleeve that made people like me who get off on that very happy.


    3. The Holden Monaro
    Duh. Though I did kind of wish that they produced an actual copy of the concept car - VT taillights and all. I think if I ever did a project car is would be converting a V2 Monaro to the Commodore Coupe show car.


    2. The HSV E-Series GTS
    This is by far one of my favourite cars ever. Stylistically, I just can't flaw it. It took the perfect proportions of the VE and made them even better with some aggressive restraint that I think the designer of the E2 HSV range should have taken some lessons from. And those wheels!! Just perfection.


    1. The VT Commodore.
    I can dead set tell you the exact location, colour and model of the first VT sedan and wagon I saw in the wild. This car came out when I was in grade 7. After the slab sided look of the previous Commodores, I couldn't get my head around all the curves of the VT. In fact, this car was the catalyst for my love of car design. My favourite design feature was the way the front guards blistered around the tyres just below the character line that stretched the full length of the car (me liking the front guard continued through all subsequent Commodore models)

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    Re: The end is nigh - memory lane montage

    Calling the Aurion a TuRD may have contributed to its demise.
    Current Holdens.
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    1. Monaro 350
    2. Torana XU1
    3. Torana hatchback and A9X
    4. HQ range & VT-VX range for Variants Statesman, One Tonners, Crewman, Adventra etc
    5. Reborn Monaro

    A slight cheat, but hey hard to do.

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    Fairlane, Charger & P76
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    me and a friend where given a CADDY NORTH STAR engine and was thinking of building a sand rail type of go kart for it and was using the internet to find out about bolt patterns OR something and ended up finding the sales page for TICKFORD and the AU falcon long reach with the "bug eye" nose job was front and centre - ever since I have wanted one
    an easy one XB Falcon "intercepter" from MAD MAX

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    I remember where I saw my first VT SS and Calais sedan. I was in year 12 and doing 4 weeks work experience inside the fence of GM Holden Elizabeth The SS was Blue and not yet a complete car about 6 months before production begun. When I went back for my final two weeks towards the end of the year I saw and fell in Love with the VT Calais sitting almost opposite the canteen in the middle of the It was truckin awesome

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    Continuing with the I remember theme...

    HG GTS 350, in orange. I was ten at the time, newly arrived in Australia, and Dad was driving us around in a powder blue EK sedan. That was love at first sight, and they say you never forget your first love!
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    Re: The end is nigh - memory lane montage

    Quote Originally Posted by from oz View Post
    While the Holden Monaro is the most memorable for me ... mainly b/c it landed across the pond as the Pontiac GTO ... I really like the color on this Commodore. Interestingly, in this angle, I see quite a few other GM cars in it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by knightfan26917 View Post
    While the Holden Monaro is the most memorable for me ... mainly b/c it landed across the pond as the Pontiac GTO ... I really like the color on this Commodore. Interestingly, in this angle, I see quite a few other GM cars in it.


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    Tiger Gold mica I think.
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    Re: The end is nigh - memory lane montage

    Quote Originally Posted by from oz View Post

    1. The VT Commodore.
    I can dead set tell you the exact location, colour and model of the first VT sedan and wagon I saw in the wild. This car came out when I was in grade 7. After the slab sided look of the previous Commodores, I couldn't get my head around all the curves of the VT. In fact, this car was the catalyst for my love of car design. My favourite design feature was the way the front guards blistered around the tyres just below the character line that stretched the full length of the car (me liking the front guard continued through all subsequent Commodore models)
    I bought a Tiger Mica in the first month they were on sale in '99. I regret not waiting for a manual


    In no particular order..


    Equal part awesome and criminally shameful that this was killed prior to production


    Peerless Primo Pillar-Less Panel-van


    Any resemblance to creaky underpowered sh!tboxes like a Nova or Viva is purely coincidental. Ok, maybe not purely...


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    I will go with
    Bolwell Nagari (if allowed)Falcon Cobra Coupe if not
    E49 Charger
    Torana Hatchback
    EH 179 Holden
    HQ Panel van.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedVee8 View Post
    Tiger Gold mica I think.
    Kinda like that name. Often wonder how on earth they come up with color names ... LOL!


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    I loved the V12 Torana GTR of the late 60's/early 70's, which for quality leather and walnut trim matched to that sonorous engine wail out Aston'd the Aston Martin's of it's day.

    And who could not be in awe of those mid 70's Big Block Torana SLR's....damn I just burned myself on my crack pipe... ouch....








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