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December 2012
Aussie Icons
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The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania is now showing the sensational new theme display Aussie Icons through until March 25th 2013.

Holden released Australia's first successfully mass produced car in 1948. The 48-215, commonly later referred to as the FX, went on to become an Australian motoring legend along with the updated version, the FJ, released in 1953.

The display features beautifully restored examples of both these pioneering Holden's.

The original Holden grey motor an icon in itself was replaced with the red one when the EH model was released in 1963. The EH remains to this day one of Australia's most loved cars and Aussie Icons features a beautiful original "Special" sedan that was delivered new in Devonport Tasmania.

Another iconic Holden model was born in 1968 with the release of the Monaro, in 1971 the second generation Monaro was released with the introduction of the HQ model. The 2-door coupe variant has become the most sought after version of this model.

On January 5th 1975 Tasmania's capital city Hobart came to a standstill when a bulk ore carrier collided with the Tasman Bridge. The tragedy claimed the lives of 12 people and changed the face of the city for almost three years before the bridge was repaired.

The enduring image of the tragedy remains the one of the two cars left precariously balancing on the edge of the bridge. One of these cars the HQ Monaro coupe is the car taking its place in the theme display. This car remains in excellent original condition.

The Torana name is etched into Australia motoring history due primarily to its dominance on racetracks across the country. This dominance culminated in the LX hatchbacks successes after being released in 1976. A genuine 5 litre 4 speed SS Hatchback brings back memories from this magical era.

Chrysler Australia produced their own iconic Australian car in the Valiant. First released in 1962, the last Valiant rolled of the production line in 1981. The VG Hardtop on display is a real survivor in its original used condition.

In 1965 Ford was desperate to prove the Australian designed Falcons durability was superior to its predecessors. They ran five Falcons continuously for nine days around You Yang Proving Ground for 70,000 miles, averaging 70mph.

The public were inspired and the XP was a success cementing the Falcon as a major player in Australian motoring. While not a sales success the Hardtop version is now highly sought after, the XP Futura Hardtop on display is a magnificent example.

Ford produced Australia's most iconic line of muscle cars in the legendary Falcon GT. First released in 1967 with the XR the following model, the XT, established the GT line as a regular in the Falcon line up. The XT on display is a beautifully restored example of this pioneering Australian muscle car.

Australia's own motoring icons are now firmly established in our automotive and social history and form memorable reminders of times past. Take the trip back today at the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania.