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April 2006 Issue
 
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Australian Auto Literature
By Robert McLellan
 

Like their British relatives from Canada, Australians drive cars similar to those found in the U.S.A., Japan and Europe. But there are distinct differences, too. Look closely and you will notice what may appear to be an old Plymouth at a distance but it becomes a Chrysler when you get closer. Pick your favorite make, whether British, Japanese or European, and you will be surprised at what you see.

In the 1950s and 1960s, in particular, Australians appear to have gotten their shipments of parts mixed up — or they were drinking Foster's beer on the assembly line! Trim that should go on one make or model appears on another. The front of one car is actually sharing the back of a different make! The Canadians and South Africans also used to shuffle their parts around and produced some interesting combinations. Add an old Australian Ford brochure to your Ford literature collection. It will stand out and make for an interesting conversation.

 
 
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The Automotive Chronicles, April 2006
 
 
 
 
 
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