FPM Motor Expo: 25 hottest cars

FPM Motor Expo

The FPM Motor Expo is Melbourne's latest car show, held over the weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, and all manner of droolworthy metal was on display.

One of the show's biggest drawcards was the only HRT Monaro 427 to exist in private hands - the other kept by Holden - displayed by Duttons.

HRT-Monaro -427Plenty of race cars were on display, including the famous Moffat Dealer Team XC Falcon Hardtop.

Ford -XB-Falcon -GTFerrari Enzos are thin on the ground in Australia as they can't be registered for road use. 

Ferrari -EnzoFord XW Falcon GT-HO Phase II in eat-your-dinner-off-it condition.

Ford -XW-Falcon -GT-HO-Phase -IIA slice of Bathurst history, the Nissan Bluebird Group C that broke the lap record in 1984 pumping a whopping 40psi+ through its Z18 engine.

Nissan -Bluebird -Group -CThe brand spanking BMW M2 courtesy of BMW Melbourne. We're eager to drive this bad boy following our first overseas drive.

BMW-M2Okay, so we've cheated and put three cars in one shot here, but we just couldn't pick a favourite.

Race -car -trioJim Richards won the 1990 Australian Touring Car Championship in a Gibson Motorsport-built Nissan R31 Skyline.

Nissan -R31-Skyline -Group -AOne of Australia's rarest performance cars. Built by Melbourne's Jim Faneco, the Ford XE Falcon Grand Prix took on the Brock brigade with a 190kW 4.1-litre turbocharged six.

Ford -Falcon -Grand -PrixBuick's take on the turbo theme was the GNX, which added a snail to GM's 3.8-litre pushrod V6 that did long service in various Commodores.

Buick -GNXIs this the best Aussie touring car livery of all time? Surely even die-hard Holden fans would have to agree this looks incredible.

Shell -Helix -Ford -Falcon -V8-SupercarAnother six-pot Aussie icon, the legendary Chrysler E49 Charger.

Chrysler -E49-ChargerGermany's take on the silver six-cylinder performance car is the divine BMW E46 M3 CSL.

BMW-E46-M3-CSLThe Williams FW07/04 was driven by 1980 F1 world champion Alan Jones.

William -FW07There's no replacement for displacement. It's tough to argue when you see monsters like this 427-powered Ford Galaxie.

Ford -Galaxie -427At roughly the same time on the other side of the world, the Australian performance car scene was getting a big wake up call courtesy of the Ford XR Falcon GT.

Ford -XR-Falcon -GTThis American oddity is a Plymouth Prowler. For those who like plenty of attention.

Plymouth -ProwlerThis Porsche 911 GT3 RS is about as immaculate as you'll ever see.

Porsche -997-911-GT3-RSWedged between the classic Countach and the modern Murcielago, the Diablo still looks devillishly delicious.

Lamborghini -Diablo -GTSurely the most controversial Aussie car ever, the HDT VL Director destroyed the Holden/Brock partnership and continues to divide opinion today.

HDT-VL-DirectorYou don't see early HSVs all that often, this VP GTS apparently one of just 26 in this colour.

HSV-VP-GTSAs awesome as the A9X is, it just looks so much tougher with race-spec wheels and tyres filling those huge bolt-on flares.

Holden -Torana -A9XThis FPV GT F, tuned by Herrod Performance, hit 297km/h in the hands of John Bowe for a story conducted by our sister mags Wheels and Unique Cars.

FPV-GT-F-record -carOne for the rotary faithful. Clean Series I-III Mazda RX-7s are thin on the ground these days.

Mazda -RX-7

 

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