My top 5 Australian cars

John Avis by | August 22, 2019 | Australian Cars Automotive

Despite Australia being only a comparatively small car market, we've created our own unique style of cars and some amazing world-class models.

5. Ford FG-X Falcon XR6/XR8


The FG-X series was the end of the line for the Australian-built Falcon, but Ford saved some of their best work to last.

The FG was also a good-looking car, but the front and rear treatment on the FG-X series was fantastic.

2014 Ford Falcon (FG X) XR6 Turbo sedan (23382738252).jpg
Image credit: Jeremy from Sydney, Australia - Ford Falcon FG-X XR6 Turbo, CC BY 2.0, Link


2014 Ford Falcon (FG X) XR6 Turbo sedan (23195437470).jpg
Image credit: Jeremy from Sydney, Australia - Ford Falcon FG-X XR6 Turbo, CC BY 2.0, Link



4. Holden VN Commodore SS


The SS was Holden's sportiest model of the VN range. It had only a subtle body kit - presumably, so it didn't impact on sales of the HSV models.

What made the SS most unique was the perfect choice of colours: Atlas Grey or Phoenix Red (also available later in Alpine White).

Image credit: Sicnag - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link



3. Ford XY Falcon


The design might not be truly Australian (styling of the XR-XY was based on the US Ford Falcon) but the styling of the XR-XY Falcon was a great example of 1960/70s cars. The XY GT was the stand-out model and had some fantastic unique colour options.

It doesn't have to be a GT-HO for me, even a base model in white is a beautiful thing.

Image credit: Sicnag - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link



2. Ford XE Fairmont Ghia ESP


The XE series was the last Falcon before Ford axed the V8 engine (they reintroduced it in the EB series in 1991).

The ESP (European Sports Pack) was a special version of the Fairmont and the highlight of the series.

In addition to all of the features of the Fairmont - like power steering and air conditioning - the ESP got Scheel seats, Bilstein dampers and those beautiful gold wheels.

Available in black and white but my favourite colours were silver and red.

Although the ESP was available with a 4.9-litre V8 and even the 4.1-litre 6-cylinder, the pinnacle is, of course, the 5.8-litre V8 which was only available with a 4-speed manual gearbox.

1982 Ford Fairmont (XE) Ghia ESP sedan (5467916028).jpg
Image credit: Sicnag - Ford Fairmont Ghia XE Sedan, CC BY 2.0, Link



1. Holden VC Commodore


I love the early Commodores, and the Australian designers that took the German Opel design and adapted it to Australia did a great job.

Although the VB and VH series were also handsome cars, the VC series with the egg crate grille was the standout model for me.

It's difficult to choose between the top-of-the-line SL/E model or Brock's version - the HDT Commodore.

Some of the colours that the VB-VH SL/E was available in would be ridiculed if introduced today, but hey, it was the 80s. I remember sometime in the 1980s walking past a two-tone brown over brown model with a brown interior and falling in love. Strange but true!

The HDT version (which was based on the SL/E) looked awesome too, with a body kit, flares, and those tri-colour HDT stripes and decals. It was available in three colours - Palais White, Firethorn Red or Tuxedo Black - which reflected Marlboro's colours (HDT's sponsor at the time).

1980-81 VC Commodore SLE-
Image credit: Sicnag [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


1980 HDT Commodore (VC) sedan 01.jpg
Image credit: Mark Brown from Hampton, New Brunswick, Canada - Holden HDT Commodore, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link


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