Rare car turns heads

Old cars don’t come much cuter than Geoff Chase’s Barracuda.

With a tinted, tapered rear window over the immaculate gold paintwork, this Plymouth has turned heads since 1964.

Mr Chase, of Adelaide, bought the fully-imported American vehicle second-hand from a friend in Kyneton, Victoria, about 35 years ago.

It has a fuel-injected 273 cubic-inch V8 motor and was sold new with right-hand drive in Australia with only six being marketed in Adelaide.

Mr Chase and his wife Cynthia have been to Perth and travelled Australia in the Barracuda with their pet galah, Dodge, in a cage in the rear passenger seat. What if someone sideswipes the car? “It is only metal … a panel-beater could fix it,” he said.

Mr Chase, of the Chrysler Restorers Club, was at the Pirie and District Automotive Restorers Club’s grounds during a visit by the Historic Motor Vehicle Federation last week.

Secretary of the Pirie club Leith Button and other members took part in a display at Princes Park. This included Mr Button’s 1948 FX Holden sedan and Garry Collins’ 1969 Ford Fairlane 351 cubic-inch V8 in original condition, “stone chips and all”.

“It was my wife’s brother’s car. It has been in the family ever since and we are just keeping it exactly as it was,” Mr Collins said.

His son Paul Collins showed his 1969 XW Ford Falcon GT, complete with Super-Roo sticker on the fender. “It just stands out from the modern plastic cars,” he said. Don Nayda presented a power-blue 1961 Morris Mini sedan.