The great art of motoring
PETROL heads are can now be art lovers, too, collecting paintings of muscle cars.
There are seven limited-edition prints in the collection, which includes the most-loved road-going versions of Bathurst supercars.
The first print in the Cooper and Knights collection is the all-conquering 1971 Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III.
Five hundred of the sketches will be sold at $750 each.
Next month there will be a treat for Chrysler fans, with the release of another 500 prints, this time of the mean E49 Charger.
Other cars to be painted include the Holden EH F4, the GTR XU1 Torana, the HT GTS 350 Monaro ,
the Ford XT GT Falcon and the XC Cobra Coupe.
An impressive amount of attention was paid to the detail of each painting, with artist Fred Briggs checking with car enthusiasts that he had portrayed their cars accurately.
"Authenticity is paramount," Cooper and Knights general manager Robert Knights says.
"You have got to be accurate because the guys who love these cars know every nut and bolt. "
He says a print of a Falcon GT-HO was taken to a Ford club to make sure it was spot-on.
"We thought it was pretty authentic, but they picked up about 20 faults," Knights says.
The faults were minor, such as the height of the antenna, but Briggs was determined to make sure the drawing was perfect.
"These cars are crucial when it comes to muscle car history," says Knights, who says that the GT-HO Phases III Falcon painting is his favourite.
"The GT-HO III is the most important and highly recognised Australian muscle car," he says.
The paintings can be ordered on 1800 223 331 or from the website