Miss­ing in Ac­tion

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MIA is back but for one is­sue only, as the V8 Sleuth’s de­tec­tive work has un­cov­ered a sur­viv­ing A9X To­rana with an amaz­ing his­tory and sev­eral claims to fame. Its life story in­cludes be­ing the very first GMP&A rac­ing chas­sis built and the last A9X to win an ATCC race.

1965 XP Ford Fal­con Fu­tura

The

XP was the last of the fi rst gen­er­a­tion Aus­tralian Fal­con in­tro­duced in 1960. Ford had strug­gled with per­cep­tions that their car wasn’t up to Aussie con­di­tions and the XP model went a long way to rec­ti­fy­ing this. Clas­sic Car­lecta­bles’ highly-de­tailed 1:18 scale model is in Fu­tura two-door hard­top form and is fin­ished in Red Satin and fea­tures de­tailed in­te­rior, un­der­car and en­gine. Af­ter a quick search through Clas­sics’ web­site this ap­pears to be their fi rst model of this shape of Fal­con. There are just 750 of these be­ing made, see more at www.clas­s­ic­car­lecta­bles.com.au. No re­lease date yet, so check back of­ten.

2016 Holden VF Com­modore II SSV Red­line

The

last high-per­for­mance Holden to be made in Aus­tralia. That’s pos­si­bly the sad­dest thing I’ve ever writ­ten about a car. Com­mem­o­rate this end of a re­ally long and glo­ri­ous his­tory with this model, ei­ther the 1:43 or the beau­ti­fully de­tailed 1:18. Both Biante mod­els are num­bered and come with a Cer­tifi­cate of Au­then­tic­ity. Ei­ther will be a nec­es­sary part of any Holden col­lec­tor’s cab­i­net. They’re both from a new tool, sug­gest­ing there will be other colours avail­able later, but the Phan­tom Black would be hard to top. So wipe away those tears and ei­ther place an or­der at your favourite shop or go to www.biante.com.au

1958 Holden FC Spe­cial

Ihad a mate called Phil who had an FC. I think we all had a mate called Phil and a mate who had an FC – but both? The FC was a pop­u­lar car, so there were, at one point, lots of them around. This great-look­ing 1:18 scale model from Clas­sic Car­lecta­bles is Olinda Green over Adobe Beige. It’s a Spe­cial, so has chrome ex­ter­nal trim, all of which is re­pro­duced on the model. Look through the grille at the work­ings be­hind it, or just open the bon­net and check out the de­tailed grey mo­tor. In­side, the de­tail is fine as well, right down to the chrome horn ring and the ma­te­ri­als used for the seats. There will only be 850 of these made so you’ll want to get your or­der in.

Ford GTLM

How

sexy is this? Ford’s GTLM is the rac­ing ver­sion of the Ford GT, it­self a de­sir­able bit of kit. And how good would it be to see these rac­ing at the Bathurst 12 Hour in GT3 form? Can the two sportscar rac­ing bod­ies please de­cide on one set of rules? Any­way, with just 500 of this car world­wide, it’s sure to be in de­mand. And there’s an Aussie con­nec­tion, with Syd­ney boy Ryan Briscoe part of the Team Ganassi driv­ing crew at Le Mans and in the USA, a win­ner at the Mon­terey Grand Prix. You’ll be able to or­der this 1:18 Top Speed Mod­els via Apex Repli­cas, www. apexrepli­cas.com.au

1969 Ford XW Fal­con GT-HO

Be­fore

the first of four Bathurst wins, Al­lan Mof­fat was al­ready a win­ner of ma­jor Aus­tralian races in red Fords. In this case, it’s the 1969 Dat­sun 3 hour race at Sandown. Paired with John French, Mof­fat went on to win by a lap from Tom Roddy and Mur­ray Carter in an­other Fal­con. This was the GT-HO’s first race and there­fore its first win. But his­tory shows us the re­sult was not re­peated a few weeks later at Bathurst. This 1:18 scale Biante model has fully open­ing parts show­ing all the in­te­rior de­tail. Get your or­der in at your re­tailer or at www.biante.com.au

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