Monday, June 17, 2013

Time to go topless

There's been a bit of rain lately. Great for the garden. Maybe not so great if you like taking your top off.

Regardless, convertibles are still one of motoring's timeless pleasures and now really is the perfect time for going topless, despite a shower or two.

Heart warming sunshine, fresh air crisp and pure, and enough chill to enjoy getting rugged up. And if you should feel a drop or two, it's good to know today's ragtops are snug, cosy and water proof as a duck.

Many manufacturers have convertibles in their line up, and they're well worth considering if want a car that surprisingly makes the most of winter and offers more experiences than just driving. Here are a few to whet your appetite.

 See the Carzoos range of used convertibles available here.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Farewell to the Falcon

Last month we received the sad news that the Falcon nameplate will be retired when Ford closes its Broadmeadows and Geelong production facilities in October 2016. So in tribute to what is arguably Australia’s most iconic car, we wanted to take the time to highlight some absolute classics from the last 50 years.

Something tells us we’re going to see a nostalgic resurgence in the sales of these old models. Not surprising really. How could you go past some of these beauties? 

1960 XK – The world’s first Falcon
1965 XP – Falcon’s ‘Make or Break’ model that won the Wheels ‘Car of the Year’ award in that year
1966 XR – The first V8 Falcon, revved up even further with the first GT in ‘67
1970 XY – One of the Ford’s most celebrated and collectible models
1972 XA – The first model designed, developed and built in Australia
1973 XB – The real star of Mad Max!

1983 XE – The first Falcon to push Holden off the top spot in sales
1988 EA - A $700M development program gave us the first of the 5th generation Falcons
2002 BA – Another ‘Car of the Year’ award for a deserving model

The very last iteration of the Falcon will be released in 2014, when the current FG is updated. Let’s hope they pull out something really special for their last hurrah.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Origin of Mate vs. Mate

If you thought State of Origin was the original big difference of opinion, think again. Long before the first Origin game back in 1980, we've been divided by something much closer to home. The Australian family car. Since way back when you've either been a Ford or Holden person, strictly blue or red, with allegiance only to Henry or The General.

Australians love their footy, love their cars, and don't mind agreeing to differ when it comes to Ford vs. Holden. All in good spirit, of course.

To celebrate State of Origin 2013, here's what Australia was driving back when it all began. Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon. Which one would you go for?