I was rummaging around in my room today & found a Motor magazine from 1979! Here's some weird & wonderful things I found in it:
* Ford's trippy advertising for its Sundowner range (LOVE the XD vans!). If I had a scanner I'd copy the picture, but since I don't, you'll just have to take my word for it that the people at Ford were using another type of LSD at the time...
* Holden's yet-to-be-released WB was causing headaches for the engineers at Fisherman's Bend. Why develop a huge, fuel guzzling, yank-styled car in an era when smaller, economical, Euro cars (eg Commodore) were in vogue? This was the question being asked at the time...
* Escort to be replaced with (then unnamed) Laser.
* Sigma 2.6 Astron
engines were being evaluated for the XD Falcon
as a fuel economy special due to the fuel scare at the time (a whopping jump from 15c/L to around 33c/L!).
* Digital Fuel Injection developed by pommy company Lucas
* New Gemini ("Kadett" elsewhere) breaks cover, due for Oz in 1982.
* TE Corty released, $100 million invested into this car!!!
* Hints of (then unnamed) Magna to replace Valiant. ("The Valiant's place on the production line will be taken over by a smaller Mitsubishi-sourced model.")
* Heads-up to motorists given on cops taking delivery of Australia's first batch of speed radars.
* VW produces 35 million cars since 1945
* Holden exports 175 Kingswoods to Trinidad
in recent shipment: 100 sedans, 25 wagons, 50 Staties. 600 are exported annually to the island nation (so if you go on holidays & you see old Kingswoods around, don't be TOO scared, they're not insane Holden enthusiasts!)
* ABS developed for BMW 7-series. (The i-Drive of the 80s?
* Mazda passes the 10 million cars milestone
* A Ford dealer in the US (named "Ben Hur") is testing his used cars & putting Mileage Performance Guide
stickers (ie, "13L/100km") on them according to their economy. The idea catches on elsewhere.
* An XD Fairmont Ghia
shows up at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit
, attracting a lot of interest.
* The HDT Commodore brigade makes a 1 2 3 podium finish at the Repco Reliability Trial. Brocky came first. A Volvo came 4th, & the first of the Cortina brigade came 5th. A Major arse-whooping by Holden. There's a picture of Brocky looking like a pimp/Elvis impersonater while chatting up a fan (hehe)
* BMW on the rise, as there are a few articles on their new Merc-bashing products.
* Article on SAAB 900 Turbo "the Turbo offers the spirited driver a fascinating and potent package!"
* VB Commodore
3.3 auto tested for economy
. The point to the article was Holden was spinning the line that "There is negligable difference between the fuel usage of a carefully driven V8 and a six driven with spirit", so Motor tested the VB
in granny-mode. The best result Motor could come up with for thrifty driving in Sydney traffic was 15.5L/100km
!!! Then they took it down the quarter mile
& got a time of 19.46 seconds
. 0-100: 13.9 seconds. Top speed: 166kph. Claimed power: 71kW@3800rpm. Claimed torque: 213Nm@2000rpm. The outcome of the article: "The Commodore will remain something of a compromise at least until Holden gives us its updated, more economical range of engines early into 1980. We can't wait." -- Scary stuff, compared to today's cars eh!
* There's lots of ads regarding smokes & grog
* Radar detectors (I'm sure you'll love this one AP) were being advertised in, and recommended by, the Motor staff. "Smokey Patrol... is tuned specifically to cope with police KR-11 radar" hehehe
* XD Falcons selling at $6798 to $9845. <-- LTDs $17872
* Used (duh) XY GTs selling at $3500
* Commodores selling at $7017 to $11321
* Kingswoods (HZ still selling new) selling at $7068 to $9216. <- Caprices $17403
* Valiants selling at $7021 to $12302
* Datsuns selling at $5399 to $19000
Fooly sikh datto!
That's all folks!