Missing in Action
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
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
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.
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
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