Australian Muscle Cars

The golden age of Australian muscle cars began on 18 April 1967, when Ford Australia unexpectedly announced to its dealers a high-performance version of the XR Falcon. The ‘Mustang-bred’ XR GT was in direct defiance of Ford Motor Company’s order to stay out of motorsport, and ended the delicate dance of diplomacy over what mattered most among Australia’s Big Three: an annual, 500-mile race in a country town called Bathurst.