An email from Peter G:-
TopGear Australia, April 2009 - "Australia's Greatest Car (Ever)" article.
Their top 20 cars counting down, were - 20: Datsun 1600, 19: Holden EH, 18: Bolwell Nagari (Original), 17: Holden Monaro 2001, 16: Peugeot 504, 15: Mitsubishi Magna Series 1, 14: Ford Cortina GT500, 13: Mitsubishi 380, 12: Buckle GT, 11: Ford Falcon XR GT, 10: Toyota Camry Widebody, 9: Chrysler R/T E38 Charger, 8: Holden Torana GTR XU1, 7: Holden VB Commodore, 6: VW Super Bug, 5: Holden HT 350 GTS Monaro, 4: Ford Model T, 3: Ford Falcon GT HO Phase III, 2: Holden 48-215, 1: Morris Mini Cooper S.
Unfortunately they didn't clearly outline their criteria, who's opinions were sought, and the credibility of the article was lost when they showed a photo of a Cortina Mk2 GT instead of a GT500, and a blinged up Model A Ford instead of a Model T. I also question the two Mitsubishis being included in a list of Australia's Greatest 20 Cars.
What do you think? What would be included on your list?
I agree with a fair few of them. My bias may be showing a little but, while agreeing with the inclusion of the Nagari (in fact I feel it is essential), I sort of lean towards the Mark 7 as well for sheer weight of numbers made. Of course I'd include the Datsun 240Z and I think I'd place the XY GT ahead of the Cooper S somehow. There should be room for the HR in there somewhere as well as the S-series and the WB Statesman. I also think that the HK was the greatest Monaro GTS made (Warwick Yellow of course). It just came out of nowhere and went straight ahead and won Bathurst. I agree too that the Buckle was a great car but no greater than the JWF Milano GT and what about the Goggo Dart? I'd also like to squeeze in the Sloper bodied GM cars of the 30s. If it was an American list I'd include the T Model but not in Australia, I think I'd have to lean more towards the Chev 4 or the Model A. I agree with you, I'd rule out that mediocre Magna but I think the 380 is a seriously good car. I was only thinking about the 380 the other day. I went to a talk by Gavin Farmer about the P76 and it made me realise good cars can be murdered by smart journalists and bum raps and the P76 didn't deserve to go the way it did and with the demise of Mitsubishi Australia the 380 could be the next victim of uninformed bias. Apart from the leaky roof and FWD, the Geelong-built Capri wasn't all that bad either. Over to everybody else.