Mus­tang fleet ar­rives in Aus­tralia

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

When the gi­ant Tir­ranna tied up at Ap­ple­ton Dock in Mel­bourne in the last days of Novem­ber it was a mo­men­tous mo­ment. The Tir­ranna is not a show-pony cruise ship like the five float­ing palaces that sailed into Sydney in the same week, but a work­ing-class, 72,000-tonne, roll-on, roll-off car car­rier that sails the high seas to ser­vice the world’s car­mak­ers and their cus­tomers.

This time she was not car­ry­ing Korean con­sumer cars or Thai-built price-fighter pick­ups, but the first ship­ment of born-again Ford Mus­tangs. As they were driven back onto dry land for the first time since leav­ing their home port of Bal­ti­more in the USA, they opened a pipe­line that will even­tu­ally sat­isfy the 4000 peo­ple wait­ing pa­tiently – and some im­pa­tiently – in Aus­tralia for the first of­fi­cial right-hand drive ’Stangs in 50 years.

The Tir­ranna was quickly fol­lowed by the Ti­ta­nia, then Pasi­fal (pic­tured), Fide­lio and Aniara in a five-strong fleet of car car­ri­ers from Amer­ica that will be fol­lowed by dozens of oth­ers in com­ing years. Each was car­ry­ing Mus­tangs, around 400 in to­tal, al­though still not nearly enough to sat­isfy the pent-up de­mand or the fu­ture needs of peo­ple who have been crav­ing the pony carsince the mid 1960s.

The first fleet is over­due and only the very first ar­rivals will be with their new own­ers in time for Christ­mas, as Ford Aus­tralia pushes its press pre­view – and the all-im­por­tant Aus­tralia Mus­cle Car test drive – back into Jan­uary from the late Novem­ber date it orig­i­nally had in the diary.

“We’re ex­pect­ing about 400 cars to be de­liv­ered in De­cem­ber,” con­firms com­pany spokesman Neil McDon­ald, with­out go­ing into any more de­tail on des­ti­na­tions or own­ers.

But he has more in­for­ma­tion on the top choices with buy­ers.

“Most of the ini­tial or­ders are for GT V8 Fast­backs. Red is the over­whelm­ing colour pref­er­ence, fol­lowed by Ab­so­lute Black and Mag­netic,” he says.

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