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Random # 107: XB GT Falcon Sedan

This honest-looking XB GT Falcon was photographed in Bombala, which, ironically, is a town in NSW's Monaro region. 

It's unlikely the owner would object to the observation that it's more of a survivor car than any sort of show pony, as evidenced by the odd ding here and there and its slightly faded, occasionally chipped duco.

However, despite the patina, it appeared to be straight, rust free and without evidence of major crash damage.

Other than the after-market mags, above, it was totally original, right down to its very tidy cream coloured interior, three-spoked GT steering wheel and a centre console surrounding the four-speed floor shift. 

All the exterior classic GT hallmarks were there, too:  a honey-combed grille with integral driving lights and GT badge; silver contrasts on the bonnet, sills and boot; Mustang-inspired bonnet scoops and bonnet pins; iconic 351 decals; locking chrome fuel cap; and twin exhausts.   

It even had a Ford dealer's sticker from the nearby to…

Random # 106: BMW 323i (E21)

The condition of this otherwise clean, straight and tidy late 1970s / early 1980s BMW's red duco prompted UMPH to ask: Why does red car paint fade more readily than other colours?

Unsurprisingly, the answer - via Google and ( - involved a bit of physics:
Red paint reflects red light. It therefore absorbs blue, green, UV etc light.
The shorter wavelengths of light have greater energy and cause more "bleaching" of the pigments in the paint than the other colours.
Therefore it fades quicker.
Blue, white or silver reflect blue (and reflects UV) so it fades more slowly.

Thanks, Rupert, for enlightening us so succinctly.

Which brings us back to our 323i, photographed in sunny (and there's the problem!) Ainslie, one of Canberra's leafier, more traditional northern suburbs.

All things considered, it was still a lovely car with classic BMW styling and, other than its susceptibility to ultraviole…

Random # 105: EH Holden Sedan

The 1963 - 1964 EHholds a special place in many Australian's hearts, possibly because it was such an aesthetically pleasing car compared to its immediate forerunner - the EJ (please see;postID=2508981426685843641;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=1;src=postname) - and due to it being the first Holden to feature the beloved 'red' motor that GMH continued to use up until VB Commodore production ceased in 1980.

This particular car reminds UMPH of the 1970s, in that its metallic blue paint and fat chrome wheels are more in keeping with that decade than the majority of today's often faithfully restored examples featuring factory-spec colours and standard, or at least more modest, rims and rubber. 

The fact that the most of today's EHs have undergone often extensive restorations reflects their age, relative scarcity and status as one of Holden's icon models.

It's har…