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Forget Mel Gibson, Mad Max Was All Over Australia

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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:


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:


So, it's a V8 then.

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