The late model Pontiac GTO (technically a 3rd generation Holden Monaro) was simultaneously lauded for being a rip-roaring hootenanny of an LS1 powered beast and maligned for its staid styling. It is the exact opposite of Pontiac’s G6 GXP, which was a exercise in unhinged styling with a ho-hum V6 pushing around the front end…which is exactly why I’d much prefer a GTO over a G6 in any shape, even with some bumper rash. Find this 2004 Pontiac GTO offered for $6,750 in Canton, GA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes from all the way around on the other side of the globe in a little place called Australia. Actually…it isn’t little at all. It is roughly the size of mainland USA from Los Angeles to Cleveland, but with the population of Texas. The result is a population density that is only beaten by Mongolia and Namibia if you are looking for places with wide open spaces. However, the people in Australia are car crazy and love horsepower and rear-drive beasts even if they no longer produce automobiles in their own factories thanks to Ford and GM. (Enjoy this tribute the the Australian car industry rock video from Grindhouse…but be warned you’ll see a lot of fat/hairy shirtless dudes past that click. Don’t say I didn’t warn you in the comments). Enjoy this tribute to the old days of Holden and Ford with a turbocharged inline-6. Find this 2005 Ford Falcon XR6T Ute offered for $7500 AUD ($5329 USD) in York, Western Australia via gumtree.
I can’t help be feel a certain sense of sadness whenever I see a fifth generation (2004-2006) Pontiac GTO…or more accurately, a 3rd generation Holden Monaro. The GTO/Monaro was a product of the indiscriminate globalization we’ve experienced in the past few decades, but in a good way. It gave us in the USA a chance to experience some Australian goodness, some good old fashioned fun from the land down under…but it ended with the shuttering of the Elizabeth, South Australia plant in 2017 and the inevitable announcement that GM was killing the Holden brand after the 2021 model year. GM will continue to sell cars in Australia, but they will come from plants in Korea, Thailand, Canada, Germany, and the USA. It is a shame because the GTmOnaro was a better Camaro than the Camaro relaunched in 2010 and we only have our fickle buying habits to blame. Find this 2006 Pontiac GTO offered for $16,500 in Lafayette, LA via craigslist. Tip from RamJet.
The first Ford product to wear the Capri badge was a German built Ford and a few years later it was recycled as the Mercury Capri (a thinly disguised Mustang produced during the 1980’s.) The Capri nameplate left in 1986, but the name would appear again in 1991 on an entirely different car while the […]
Yeah, its beat up. Sure, it’s torn up on the inside. Yeek, that odo reading is high. And, of course it has the dreaded slushbox auto…but….dang, you can’t beat an LS1 V8 in a sweet pony body that isn’t a Camero and this is a lot of car for the money. Find this 2004 Pontiac GTO […]
Earlier this year I had the good fortune to visit the land down under for a business trip and I can tell you it was a magical place. The scenery was otherworldly and the cars were also from another dimension…but this next car is not just another fast saloon car, its a bloody ripper. If […]
The early ’00s weren’t the most tasteful time for car design. The Fast and the Furious had tainted a generation of teenagers into thinking 4 inch exhausts, scissor doors and more speakers than friends was cool, and the Japanese automotive scene was still feeling the ripple effects of the housing bubble bursting in 1992. For […]
Apparently, America has a President’s Day, something that would be unheard of in Australia. I have no idea what happens on President’s Day, I assume this year Americans will have to make an offering to their President, and kiss a cardboard cut-out of his feet. Never the less, should the President come to Australia, this […]
Homicidal cars are nothing new; Christine was a 1958 Plymouth Fury intent on killing innocent people, and had a movie dedicated to her in 1983. The previous year, an inconsequentially beige Ford Meteor rolled off the production line in Homebush, Sydney. Of course, the Plymouth was dreamt up by one of the greatest horror writers of […]
As automotive connoisseurs, we know in our hearts that the manual gearbox is the only correct way to send power to the rear wheels. Likewise, we know that a wagon is the only way to move large amounts of humans (living or otherwise) and cargo about. Our loved ones at best tolerate us for our […]