When you think of international nameplates, the Capri is one that probably comes to mind over and over again. The Ford Capri Perana was raced overseas in Africa and featured a lot of useful things that made it unique. The Ford Capri Perana had a one-of-a-kind look to it that made you think it was a Mustang, but it wasn’t. This is what Ford was going for because the Capri was supposed to be marketed as an entirely different car.
The Ford Capri Perana was sold all around the world and managed to race in quite a few different races. The car had all of the attributes of a performance car but still carried on that American charm that Ford has managed to build into the Mustang brand. The Ford Capri Perana is perhaps one of the rarer Ford international muscle cars.
What do you get when you mix a Camaro with a Can-Am Spyder? You get the Firenza Can-Am. This rare performance car was available in South Africa and only helped to bolster GM’s product portfolio over there. The car had a lot of things that made it stand out from the pack, the first of which its one-of-a-kind styling. The performance was what you’d expect from a GM-powered muscle car.
The Chevrolet Firenza Can-Am will stand out as perhaps one of the most innovative little international muscle cars. This was made at a time when America was putting the domestic automakers through the wringer with smog regulations. The other countries were far more lenient when it came to V8-powered engines.
Powered by a Chevy small block V8 the Bizzarini Strada was far more than just another muscle car. From the outward appearance, you’d think that you were looking at a Ferrari or other exotic car. The Bizzarini Strada packed 387 HP and would take you to 60 MPH in a very fast period. The sportscar had that distinct Italian flair that you’d expect to see in a sports car of this caliber, which is why it managed to be a popular choice.
The Bizzarini Strada was both fun to drive and intriguing to look at. The wonderful elements of design that went into it are what made it such a popular thing to drive. Sure, it’s not what you may expect out of a muscle car. But the Bizzarini Strada is certainly a standout vehicle to say the least.
Many auto fans are jealous we never got the Ford Falcon Cobra over here in the States. The big, burly muscle car was sold over in Australia and featured one of the most distinctive-looking fronts and side profiles that you’d see. The performance was from the same 5.0L V8 that was later found in the fox-body Mustang. The engine propelled the Ford Falcon Cobra with authority and earned it responsible track times as well. These cars are still sold from time to time on the collector’s market.
The Ford Falcon Cobra is perhaps one of the most reasonable Ford muscle cars to make its way across the ocean. It had a unique style that was all its own, and the car wasn’t trying too hard to be a Mustang knockoff like many others were.
When you think of rare French muscle cars the Facel Vega is perhaps one of the most pristine. It was powered by a big Chrysler Hemi V8 engine, way before the engine was something considered to be “hip” or “cool.” The Facel Vega had an elegant look to it that let you know exactly what you were going to be driving. There was nothing particularly standoffish about the Vega other than the fact it had a really expensive price tag.
French performance cars are some of the rarest in the world, so naturally, the Facel Vega is a standout offering. The Facel Vega didn’t look like anything else on the market so the appetite for it has remained kind of flat. But if you want some classic Hemi V8 power, this is it.
Believe it or not, Ford has quite the Rally car following in other parts of the world. The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth was known as a winner in various rally car circuits around the world until the Ford Focus replaced it. The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth had a powerful engine and one of the most intuitive designs ever made. The car had a lot going for it, which is why it remained a hot seller for the company. These things never made it over to the States, and importing one is not an easy task.
The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth is a noteworthy exception to the rally car world and one that you can enjoy driving. If you are into driving off-road in your sedan, the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth is perhaps one car model that you won’t want to ignore because it has a little bit of everything.
Mercedes has always made some sort of high-powered sedan. During the nineties, there were enough of them to go around. The Mercedes 500E was a V8 powered beast of a car that was so light and so small that you’d never expect what was under its hood. This was one of the first modern AM- powered sedans and the car has remained a popular choice just about anywhere in the world.
If you wanted the thrill of driving a Mercedes and the luxury that comes with it, you really can’t go wrong with the Mercedes 500E. This powerful and supercharged sedan will hang with just about any muscle car on the block. The sheer driving experience alone is something that you won’t end up forgetting.
The first international Falcon that put the company on the muscle car map was this one right here. The 1967 Ford Falcon XR GT had a way of making the world recognize it and why wouldn’t you. With that menacing stare and that powerful V8 engine, the XR GT was one of the most enticing muscle cars buys around. The 1967 Ford Falcon XR GT came with a small block V8 engine, but it wasn’t small on power delivery.
The 1967 Ford Falcon XR GT remains a popular fixture of the Australian muscle car scene. A loyal following can be found around the 1967 Ford Falcon XR GT. Offering everything from car clubs to ownership tips. You can even still find a nice reserve of parts online that will keep your 1967 Ford Falcon XR GT on the road.
This car was the next-generation Falcon muscle car for the Australian market. It featured that big Cleveland V8 engine. The 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III had the look of a performance car from the factory. This is what a lot of gear heads were looking for around this period. The car had this intimidating glare to it which you just don’t see in today’s cars.
The 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III will go down as one of the special Ford to come out of the factory and put the Falcon on the map. The muscle car era in Australia and abroad was hungry for a unique vehicle that was still a whole lot of fun to drive. The 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III was undoubtedly this car in every way.
While the Ford Falcon was tearing up the race tracks Down Under. so was another car maker who specialized in muscle cars. Holden was trying things out with its own GM-derived muscle car, the 1971 Holden Monaro 350 GTS Coupe. When you think of something that screams muscle car, the 1971 Holden Monaro 350 GTS Coupe stood out from the crowd with a low suspension and a gleaming front clip.
The 350 GM V8 engine was pulled from its domestic counterparts. Thus starting the long-running partnership that Holden has with GM. The 1971 Holden Monaro 350 GTS Coupe was a wonderful addition to the Australian muscle car world for a lot of reasons. The 1971 Holden Monaro 350 GTS Coupe is still one of the most highly-coveted performance vehicles.
This car was Ford’s answer to the GTO and the Cutlass. You might have thought that the Mustang was the only pony car, but as time went on Ford continued to innovate. The 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT stood out for several reasons. The first was a unique way that it looked. It had a one-of-a-kind look that you just don’t see very often. Then you coupled it with the powerful V8 engine and you had something that you just couldn’t avoid.
The 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT stood out from the crowd for several reasons. First is always going to be the sheer horsepower that it has. Then you have the other factors that make it a great muscle car. The 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT is a standout muscle car in more ways than one.
Is it a Hurst? Is it a station wagon? You don’t quite know what it was, but it was based on the El Camino. The 1977 Holden Sandman was perhaps one of the most unique-looking muscle cars that you’d ever see. If the looks made you laugh at it, the performance wouldn’t. You’d also be hard-pressed to find something that was as fun to drive. The unique shell made it easy to use this as a high-powered cargo vehicle in a time when vans were still dinosaurs.
The 1977 Holden Sandman is a very rare oddity in the muscle car world, even over across the sea where it was sold. You just don’t see these things very often, and when you do, it’s nice to see one in good condition. The 1977 Holden Sandman was a rare muscle car choice, to say the least.
Smaller in size and very similar to the Chevy Vega from across the sea. The 1977 Holden Torana A9X was another noteworthy muscle car from the Australian down under. This one featured a short wheelbase design and a V8 engine which gave it some pep in its step no less. But the car did have several features that made it stand out from the crowd. When you look at it all together the 1977 Holden Torana A9X is a unique thing in the muscle car world. A car like the 1977 Holden Torana A9X still gets looks today.
There is still a good portion of the 1977 Holden Torana A9X on the road today over in Australia. A good portion of these cars is owned by collectors who take them to various car shows and keep them in good condition. If you want a true muscle car from down under, the 1977 Holden Torana A9X is it.
This powerful sports sedan was the Aussy’s answer to the Nissan Skyline GTR. This superpowered sedan is rare. The overall styling is very reminiscent of the rally days that you used to see in the Australian outback. What was once ruled by the likes of Subaru has since been invaded by companies like Holden with the Commodore SS. The overall design is one of the most memorable of any Aussie built muscle car. Even if the final design wasn’t that of a muscle car.
The 1988 Holden Commodore SS Group A SV is a car that would be right at home on American roads and just about anywhere else. While it’s not your quintessential muscle car, it is a performance vehicle that you could see in your garage. When it comes to these overseas powerhouses the 1988 Holden Commodore SS Group A SV is a standout car, to say the least, thanks to its powerful demeanor.
Although Mitsubishi is not well known in America for many vehicles other than the Eclipse, overseas the brand is a major player in the rally scene and other aspects of world car racing. This means that there are quite a few special editions that have never made the trip to our shores. One such vehicle is the Mitsubishi Ralliart Magna. This bright red sport sedan is a full-size sedan with a whole lot of horsepower. It will get you from 0-60 in just a few seconds and keep on the track while it does it.
This car has that ’90s design going on, and you can tell what this car was made to do. The Mitsubishi Ralliart Magna is certainly one of the rarest Mitsubishis in the world because of its unique design. Keeping in mind that the car has a turbocharged engine and an all-wheel-drive design, you really can’t go wrong with it.
Even the earliest Holden models were intimidating on the track and this bolds for all of the ’80s models. The Holden VL Commodore is a full-size V8 powered sport sedan that featured an all-wheel-drive design. The Aussies have been having a blast in these big sedans for decades.
Yet it’s only recently that America has been learning about Holden. The Holden VL Commodore is beautiful even by today’s standards and if you are lucky enough to import one you have a great car. The Holden VL came in a few options. And the car was designed for rally racing.
The powerful Holden VL Commodore is a strong showing as to what a real muscle sedan could be. Back in the day, there were very few offerings like this one. We’d have to dig deep into it and see what made the Holden VL Commodore such a resounding success. But to this day in one form or another Holden has kept it around.
When it comes to the sheer beauty of owning a stand out muscle sedan, the 2013 HSV GTS is it. Just take one look at this intimidating piece of machinery and you’ll see what’s up. The 2013 HSV GTS is made for blasting through the outback without much care for anything else. But don’t just let that deter you either. The interior of the 2013 HSV GTS is also a high-quality makeup of different materials that give the car that sporty look.
The GM-powered LS engine is a great addition to this car. You get the smooth lines of a sedan coupled with the upscale interior that you’d expect. Although these big sedans are falling out of favor over here in America, the 2013 HSV GTS is a popular choice abroad. If you want to experience real driving pleasure, the 2013 HSV GTS is a car that needs no introduction thanks to the one-of-a-kind styling.