I really like the fact that Holden build a true muscle car without adding any retro to it. I also like that they did not add any overly edgy and aggressive tone. I just love how this is just a good looking coupe. We can debate about the hood scoops, but this is a timeless design and for sure a future classic. So here is the first render of the Holden Monaro series. I hope you like it.
Thank you to Melanie helping me finding the right approach into the Australian car culture. Please read (and follow) her blog with great black and white photos.
It’s done: The Omegas (yes, yes, the Carltons) are up and ready to order at Redbubble. From top to bottom:
So now since we established a first line featuring GM’s V plattform the moment has finally come to visit Australia: Get ready for Holdens!
You might remember that I made a few Tercel 4wD wagons a while ago. So it happened that the Tercel forum picked it up and soon I got contacted by a forum member named Mark you asked me to do a custom stack of his past and present Tercels. Here they are! Thanks again to the people of tercel4wd.com who are keeping these oddball cars on the road. This is such a great car in many ways. So how can you not like this collection of japanese econoboxes.
We are closer to a new stack: Following the Lotus Omega (Sorry Great Britain, I just can’t call it a Carlton. Omega sounds so much sharper) I follow up with the Opel Omega 3000 GSi and the Caravan which was also available with a 3.0 24V 6 straight six engine. It might not be the coolest car in the world but I think it got a pretty sleek design for a 80s car (introduced 1986). It also moves us one ocean closer to some more interesting cars from Australia: Omegas have been the base for a few Holdens and since they managed to fit a V8 in it it shouldn’t be ignored. I promise to come back to that later.
The Omega 3000 was the sports version of the Omega A model range. It featured a straight-6, 3.0-litre, 12-valve engine, which produced 177 bhp (132 kW; 179 PS). Other modifications from the base model included a lowered suspension and limited slip differential, as well as different fascias and a rear spoiler. The car had a top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph), and accelerated from 0–100 km/h in 8.8 seconds. (Wikipedia)
Opel Omega A2 3.0 24V Diamant Caravan : Huge rear wheel drive wagon with a 24V 3.0 straight six engine made by GM? Unfortunately they never made it to the states. Holden sold a variation called the Commodore and even offered it with a V8. That was when the American Caprice Classic looked like a brick. Although now considered cool, at that time not even close to modern architecture of the Opel.
The Lancia Stratos HF (Tipo 829), widely and more simply known as Lancia Stratos, is a sports car and rally car made by Italian car manufacturer Lancia. The HF stands for High Fidelity. It was a very successful rally car, winning the World Rally Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1976. (Wikipedia)
Design by Marcello Gandini at Bertone
Artwork by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars, San Diego, California, USA –
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I read these cars where quiet popular amongst criminals, because it was able to outperform any police car while holding four people.
For those who don’t know this car a little bit of Wikipedia: The Lotus Carlton (the Lotus Omega and sometimes called the Opel Lotus Omega outside the United Kingdom) was a Vauxhall Carlton/Opel Omega A saloon upgraded by Lotus to be a 177 mph (285 km/h) sports saloon with acceleration to equal contemporary supercars. The external differences were minimal with the addition of a rear spoiler, vents on the bonnet, Lotus badges on the front wings and bootlid, a bodykit and considerably wider wheel arches distinguishing it from a standard Carlton/Omega. The car was only sold in one colour, a shade called Imperial Green, a very dark green that in anything but direct light appears black.