Becoming a time capsule
Written in texta on the makeshift windscreen strip made from silver racetape is an innocuous ‘Sydney’. This is likely to have been written by the transport company entrusted with picking up the car from Harrops and delivering it to Hibbard in his hometown, in 1978 or ’79.
Once in the harbour city, the car was hidden away in suburban Gladesville, where Hibbard’s Kingston Motors was located, before it was moved to at least one other location in Sydney over the next two decades.
One of the few people to see the car in Sydney during this period was David Bowden. He rst encountered the mothballed yellow Falcon when he was negotiating to buy the Geoghegan Super Falcon from Hibbard in 1985. Hibbard, for a long time unable to get his hands on the yellow car due to his dispute with Harrop, had purchased the Geoghegan Super Falcon to modify and race as a Sports Sedan.
Renowned car collector Bowden recalls his mid 1980s encounter with the already dusty and musky Yellow Glow Phase III. “It was stored in a garage behind an old bakery he owned in Mosman, I think it was, on Sydney’s North Shore,” Bowden told AMC. “That was 32 years ago and I took a photo (above) of it.”
The car remained out of sight in Sydney for a long time. Hibbard pledged it to a young relative circa 1980, who received the car in the mid 1990s. It then stayed hidden away in a farm shed until late 2017, with just 4367 miles on the clock.
AMC was privileged to be among a small handful of enthusiasts permitted to inspect this car after it was retrieved from its home of the last 21 years. We were struck by its sheer originality.
Never crashed or damaged, it still wears the same panels, paintwork, glass and vinyl as the day it rolled off Broadmeadow’s production line in August 1971. It’s just that those surfaces show 46 years of patina, dust encrustment and the odd spider web from some long-dead arachnid.
Having been in the one family its entire life, this magni cent specimen is now on the market, with its sale being handled by Ecurie Bowden.