Female Muscle Car Owner Challenges “Petrol-Head” Stereotypes

Michelle Greer behind the wheel of her ’72 Challenger. Photos: Stuff.co.nz.com

There are a lot of common stereotypes about us gearheads. Some folks might perceive us as knuckle-dragging good ole-boys , or at the very least as a little bit aggressive and macho. However, one female muscle car owner from New Zealand is trying to challenge all of those “Petrol-Head” perceptions in her own country.

Meet Michelle Greer. She’s a real estate agent from Timaru, a city on the eastern coast of the South Island (“Mainland”) of New Zealand. Although she doesn’t fit any of the mainstream stereotypes of what a gearhead or petrol-head is supposed to be like, she most certainly is one. Muscle cars have always been a part of her life, and she says that she has personally owned almost every model of Holden over the years. Even though you might expect a real estate professional to drive a stereotypical BMW or Mercedes, one of Greer’s favorite cars to drive to a showing is her 1972 Dodge Challenger.

Greer brought the heavily optioned Challenger to New Zealand in 2006.

Greer says that the Challenger was brought to New Zealand in 2006. It’s equipped with a 340, power steering, air conditioning, some sweet Cragar S/S wheels, and the rare cruise control option. Even though New Zealanders drive on the left side of the road, Greer says that it’s not hard to drive the car in its original American configuration. She occasionally races it, and tries to cruise the car every chance she gets. She tells reporters from Stuff.co.nz.com “It’s not too bad on petrol, for the amount of enjoyment we get out of it. Taking it out on a Sunday trip is cheaper than going to the movies.”

So, let’s hear from all the lady muscle car owners out there – What hot rods do you currently own, or have you owned in the past?

About the author

Clifton Klaverweiden

Clifton has been a car fanatic since his late teens, when he started the restoration of his '67 Camaro. He considers himself a student of automotive science and technology, and particularly loves all things LSX. And, although he has an appreciation for everything, from imports to exotics, his true passion will always be for GM musclecars.
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