Performance Saloon Car History

Performance Saloon Car History

Here we tell the stories of a number of extremely unusual, interesting events and developments in the Saloon car world  – evaluated by their tech content or by nature of the occasion.  From shoehorning a Suzuki engine into a Fiat 500, to replaying the Bullitt car sequence, not in a Mustang but in a Z28 Camaro on the deserted streets of a newly laid suburb.

GMSA 3800 GT – The Biggest Blunder? The Lost Diamond.

When there is the opportunity to do something spectacular in this car-cult driven industry of ours, the full achievement of that often depends on circumstance…. and sadly also on the probability of clouded thinking and limited vision. I guess the number of lost opportunities could fill a library and the number of frustrated engineers facing

Part 3 continued – The GM Dealer Teams

HDT – Holden Dealer Team Australia Unlike the later start-up of the European Dealer Teams, Holden themselves were the prime motivators for getting involved in front line motorsport. Harry Firth Joined Holden from Ford motorsport to start the Holden Dealer Team in 1969. Harry was an experienced race engineer, developer and

Fordomination 1962 – 1972 | Part Three

This is now a four part tale of the Ford years. The first covers something of the overall picture of what happened during this period (with SA bias), the second looks at the effect the Ford onslaught had on the street and the third, itself a two part story, a brief look at the

Fordomination 1962 – 1972 | Part Two

This is a three part tale of the Ford years. The first covers something of the overall picture of what happened during this period (with SA bias), the second looks at the effect the Ford onslaught had  on the street and lastly a brief look at the response, mainly from a GM perspective.

Fordomination 1962 – 1972 | Part One

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The Camaro Z28 – Our own version of Bullitt.

Port Elizabeth South Africa was Motor Town back in the day, with both GM and Ford having built cars in the city since the 20’s, this was mini Detroit. The whole place seemed to be linked to one or other of those two companies either directly or through links connected to suppliers, truck body builders

NO OPTION BUT TO OPTION – GM’s Muscle Car Conundrum

Regular Production Option and Central Office Production Order…..The most significant words in the GM world of 60’s performance cars. During that time and in what turned out to be a very new and adventurous portion of the business, the General’s company policy could only be described as muddled. History will show that GM produced some

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