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How Aussies looked after their own super cars

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A key element in the appeal of Supercars is that they are based on production models, albeit heavily modified for racing purposes.

It started with the Jaguars of the first Australian Touring Car Championships of the early 1960s, through the Fords, Holdens and Chevrolets of the late 60’s and early 70s. Ford Mustang dominated in 1965 to 1969 and then Holden had their first win. From that point on the Ford vs Holden battle was on.


There were some notable exceptions. In 1971 and 1972 Bob Janes won in his Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1; in 1983 Allan Moffat triumphed in his Mazda RX-7. In 1985 and 1987, fans saw Jim Richards win in a  BMW 635 CSi and then in a BMW M3.  In between Robbie Francevic won in a Volvo 240T in 1986. Jim Richards and Mark Skaife brought Nissan home first in 1990,1991 and 1992. But from 1993 to 2022 it has been either Ford or Holden.

Ford with the EB, EF, EL and FG Falcon models, Holden with VP, VR, VS, VT, VX, VZ, VE, VF, ZB Commodores. All legendary vehicles.

So many Australians not only have fond memories of these cars, but they’ve also got one in their garage. Ford registered over 1.5 million Ford Falcon sales over the 1982 to 2017 period. Over 40,000 of these vehicles are still registered.

Rolling through

The iconic Holden Commodore was Australia’s top selling car for 15 years in a row, selling a whopping 3.1 million vehicles. A recent KPMG report indicates that Holden Commodore is still the most common model registered.

Older cars need care and attention and the right parts. When it comes to the vital suspension, transmission, and engine mount parts mechanics turn to Transgold. Its vehicle coverage is exceptional. From the Holden HT Monaro of the early 70s to the last true VF Commodore, Transgold regularly supplies rubber parts to enthusiasts and their mechanics. It is the same story with Ford. From the early Mark 1 GT Cortina to the Ford Mustang GT, they’ve got it covered. In all they stock hundreds of parts for Holden and Ford models.

They even ensure that you’re going to get the correct part through their professional Part Finder service where you can use the vehicle VIN or registration number to order the correct part.

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