My Mus­cle Car

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Reader: Terry Brom­ley Mus­cle car: XY GT (with no nick­name) Home­town: Ger­ald­ton, WA What is it? “A JG33 1971 XY GT.” When did you buy it? “I pur­chased it off Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car Sales’ Mike Selby ap­prox­i­mately 12 years ago. At that stage it was still painted red.” Why did you buy it? “Mike told me it should be painted Yel­low Ochre – as in, it rolled off the pro­duc­tion line that colour – and not red. Be­cause the first XY Fal­con I owned in 1971 was Yel­low Ochre I wanted to re­trace my past. I took it home to Ger­ald­ton, Western Aus­tralia, per­formed a full ro­tis­serie resto from red to Yel­low Ochre.” What do you know about its life? “The ACCHs re­port [ED: Aus­tralian Clas­sic Car History Ser­vices] re­vealed that it was sold new by Napier Mo­tors in Dalby, Queens­land in March 1971.Other than that, not much. I be­lieve the pre­vi­ous owner was the NSW Fal­con GT Club sec­re­tary.” How does it go? “Con­sid­er­ing my daily user is a mod­i­fied F6, it’s pretty docile, but my wife loves it. She ac­tu­ally takes it to most shows. No power-steer­ing, 4-speed to­ploader and with its big clutch it makes her look a bit like Pop­eye, but she loves it.” Any­thing you would like to add? “We took it to the Na­tion­als a few years ago. The judges there asked me, ‘Where is the vinyl roof?’ Par­don me? ‘White hood lin­ing means beige vinyl roof,’ they told me. So I made the ap­pro­pri­ate en­quiries to Ford Aus­tralia and, sure enough, the car was or­dered new with a beige vinyl roof. Get­ting the vinyl was no big deal, get­ting the ap­pro­pri­ate chrome and ‘S/S’ trim parts is another story. The specs read: full seat-belts, lam­i­nated wind­screen, 36-gallon tank and Su­per­fringe Deluxe Man­ual Ra­dio, mean­ing this ve­hi­cle is a 1 of 1 – as you might ex­pect from a GT de­liv­ered with a beige vinyl roof!

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