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26 June 2018

Product plug: Kings of the Road

By Mitchell TulkMitchell Tulk
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  • The first Holden to use the 'Red' motor. The first Holden to use the 'Red' motor.
  • The Land Cruiser is a national icon despite being made in Japan. (image credit: Toby Hagon) The Land Cruiser is a national icon despite being made in Japan. (image credit: Toby Hagon)
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Which car is the king of Aussie roads? Toyota Corolla? Holden Commodore? Leyland P76?!

The newest book for revheads, Kings of the Road, highlights 50 cars that are said to have had the biggest influence on our country.

Obviously, the book is filled with Fords and Holdens that range from the mighty XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III to the Red Lion’s $1 billion-dollar VE/VF Commodore.

Lesser known models appear throughout the book as well, including the Goggomobil Dart which became a national icon after a Yellow Pages ad in the ‘90s with Tommy Dysart who said these famous letters down the phone, ‘GEE-OH, GEE-GEE-OH’. Funnily enough, the Dart didn’t feature in the ad.

G-O-G-G-O. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk) G-O-G-G-O. (image credit: Mitchell Tulk)

Also included is the Austin Tasman X6 (Kimberley X6), Leyland’s front-wheel drive, six-cylinder answer to the Falcon and Kingwoods before the P76.

The book doesn't only feature Aussie-made cars, with several off-roaders such as the Toyota Land Cruiser, HiLux and Land Rover Defender making an appearance. The Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 (Godzilla) also gets a mention for dominating the Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC).

Physically, the king of the road (although you’ll never see it on the road) title goes to the Thales Bushmaster, which could literally crush every car that features in this book.

If you think the LandCruiser is a tough off-roader... If you think the LandCruiser is a tough off-roader...

The guys behind this book are Toby Hagon and Bruce Newton, both big names in Australian automotive journalism.

Kings of the Road hits bookstores today and can also be purchased from Amazon.com.au.

What car is the king of Aussie roads? Let us know in the comments.