I write to you in regard to my 1974 XB GS Fairmont hardtop. The vehicle has been authenticated by Ford Australia as being a matching numbers vehicle/engine and was finished in the corporate colour of Y157 – MacRobertson’s Old Gold Orange.
My research suggests this vehicle was most likely the property of Cadbury, as they took over the rights to the MacRobertsons’ chocolate range, including the Old Gold product, well before the vehicle was produced.
I have been in contact with Cadbury and they have shown significant interest in the vehicle. They were kind enough to pass it on to their historian to chase up.
After several weeks they contacted me and explained that all documentation for a purchase for the vehicles had been destroyed after seven years as vehicles are regarded as a disposable asset. However, the gentleman I dealt with explained that he had asked a longterm employee about the vehicles and he had commented: “I just remember the orange cars.”
As I understand it, three vehicles were built in this colour: two XA RPOs and one ‘normal car’. Whether or not the XB GS coupe I own is regarded as the ‘normal car’ is unclear.
I would very much like to find out the history of the vehicle as it appears to be quite a rare unit and highly optioned.
The rego plate on the vehicle is of NSW origin, AA82KK, with serial prefix JG67PY, serial 68760 and SIDO 841922.
The vehicle is currently under restoration. While the vehicle was being bare-metalled, it was observed that the vehicle appears to have been painted in yellow (possibly Yellow Blaze), over the top of the orange. Maybe that helps jog someone’s memory.
My authentication letter tells me the vehicle was sold by Peter Warren Ford in Liverpool, NSW. (ED: “The Westerners!”)
The Ford experts who have helped me suspect that this may have been a ‘Horn Car’ car. This is because it’s a GS and during the baremetalling process we had found that the bumpers seemed to have been colour coded like a GT. It was also fitted with a ‘Goss-type’ rear spoiler.
If anyone out there can help me with info or leads I would greatly appreciate it. Mike Crompton email@example.com 0400 440 068
I’m trying to track down an LJ GTR Torana that I owned many years ago and, if it still exists, hopefully buy it back.
It was a 1973 model, with standard issue 202ci motor and 4-speed manual transmission in Champagne paint and with black vinyl interior trim. It also had a black vinyl roof – it was the ’70s remember – and a wind-back (retractable) black vinyl sunroof.
It was originally sold and registered in the ACT in 1973. I bought it in Adelaide in about 1976 or 1977. It was eventually traded in September 1979 on a LX Torana.
The registration at the time was (SA) SXU955. I had seen it once or twice running around the southern suburbs of Adelaide some years later; it still looked as good then as when I originally bought it.
I wasn’t into cars that much back in the 1970s, so don’t have all the relevant numbers to help identify the car and am hoping the above information can help on its whereabouts and current condition.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Ian Hardinge firstname.lastname@example.org 0432 042 530
Looking for a nugget
My uncle had a XY GT Falcon which I believe was a December 1971 build car. The car was sold new by Col Paige Ford, in Bacchus Marsh, I think. (ED: Footscray and Sunshine – see p47.)
It was really a true grand tourer as it was
Nugget Gold in colour with a black vinyl roof, FMX auto and factory air.
My uncle was the second owner. He knew the first owner and knew he had a habit of buying cars, keeping them six months and moving them on. So six months later when it was due to be moved on, my uncle had his hand straight up (wouldn’t we all!).
The car saw some daily use and was used to tow the caravan on family holidays, but given the condition and low kilometres of the car that only lasted a few years.
My uncle, Ken Robinson, kept it locked and barricaded in his shed in Nagambie until about 2001 when ill-health forced him to sell it.
It was sold quite quickly given that it was very, very clean and original. It was sold with original VIC rego of LAJ-889.
I was quite young when my uncle had it, so my memories of it are very few and far between. I don’t know who bought it, but I have a photo of when it was picked up parked next to a green Phase III, which I believe was the purchaser’s mate’s car.
I’m hoping it still survives and both he and I would love to know what happened to it and it current whereabouts.
Any info will be gladly received. Luke Charteris email@example.com 0424 727 934
Iam trying to locate the ID codes for a New Zealand-assembled 1970 XW Falcon. The codes on the ID plate don’t match up with the ID codes for the Australian-built cars. I realise this doesn’t qualify as a muscle car but any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks. Peter Bossmann firstname.lastname@example.org +64211268672
We are interested to find out what happened to our 1972 white 351-powered XY Fairmont, NSW rego ENE-351, believed to be a Jack Brabham Special.
We bought it from a doctor in 1978, who had it tricked up to tow his trailer-sailer. It had 25,000 miles on the clock, LSD, tricked C4, beefed-up suspension, 350 Holley and 7” inch hotwire mags. It was very economical to run (ED: !). We sold it in 1991 with 350,000 miles on it to a friend of our son, Mark, who also attended Epping Boys High School, in Sydney’s North West. His name was ‘Symond’ and we believe did a complete restoration.
This was a family car, in more ways than one. It is still talked about today with many happy memories. It was our tow car when our sons Mark and Steve were racing go-karts at Lithgow and our means of transport when windsurfing. It took us to many great holiday destinations. It was also my son Mark’s means of transport to school – what were we thinking! – hence it was well known.
If any of your readers know if it still exists we would be interested to hear from them. Nev Newton 0413 383 626 email@example.com