It’s difficult to believe from 40-odd years on that the most legendary versions of the muscle cars we now worship often languished on salesfloors when new. Turns out a wildly expensive, obscenely powerful American car getting low-single-digits fuel economy and requiring arm-leg-and-kidney-priced car insurance was a tougher sell to the aspirational young market than the earlier, less insane muscle cars. As Murray Markwell, proprietor of the Australian shop Southern Customs, explains as he talks about his minty-fresh Plymouth Superbird, what once was anathema to buyers is now understandably ambrosia. Make the jump for another excellent video, Murray Country, from Bandit Films.
Murray’s clearly a “revhead” – antipoedean slang for “gearhead” – and it shows when he explains how he became interested in American, rather than Australian, heavy metal. He’s not the kind of guy that wants a trailer queen, and his Superbird is proof positive – it’s actually a clone, built off of a non-Superbird GTX by a dealer in the early 1970s from leftover NOS parts. That’s not too far removed, spiritually or temporally, from the real deal … but as Murray puts it, “I don’t care that it’s a clone … because I can do this!”
Hunger for more deliciously high-def video of revhead ambrosia? Bandit Films spreads it thicker than Marmite. May I recommend Rancho Deluxe? We’ll bring you more Bandit productions as they hit the interwebs.
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