Forget Mel Gibson, Mad Max Was All Over AustraliaS

If you look at this Ford XA Falcon and think "Oh my god, that's the most badass thing I've ever seen," I don't blame you. Eight headlamps, full protection against loose kangaroos, a V8. It's the full package.

Welcome to Australia in the early seventies! Without much further ado, I would direct your attention to this street scene of Melbourne from 1975:

Forget Mel Gibson, Mad Max Was All Over AustraliaS

Please feel free to annotate your favorite detail.

Of course at this point, there were some Japanese cars on the Australian market. But can you fit a small car with a sufficient bullbar? No, you can't. The Aussies knew that:

Forget Mel Gibson, Mad Max Was All Over AustraliaS

Forget Mel Gibson, Mad Max Was All Over AustraliaS

Forget Mel Gibson, Mad Max Was All Over AustraliaS

Forget Mel Gibson, Mad Max Was All Over AustraliaS

Forget Mel Gibson, Mad Max Was All Over AustraliaS

So, it's a V8 then.

Photo credit: John Lloyd (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,)