Be­com­ing a time cap­sule

Australian Muscle Car - - Mail -

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.

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