Once upon a time, Falcon hardtops had to be GTs or Cobras to command boom prices at auction. Not anymore. Now any XA-XC hardtop in good nick will bring eyewatering high four- gure results.
Exhibit A, your honour, was a modi ed 1973 Ford XA Falcon Superbird Hardtop that almost doubled its estimate under heavy bidding at Shannons’ August 13 Sydney Winter Auction to sell with ‘no reserve’ for an auction record $86,000. This one-owner machine had been restored to GT appearance in the 1990s, changing its original colour of Lime Glaze to a dark metallic green and adding a rear spoiler and GT grille. Its original 302-ci V8 had been stroked to 351ci spec and matched to a fourspeed manual transmission.
It’s an impressive result for a stunninglooking coupe, yet a few short years ago a heavily-modi ed XA wouldn’t have been within coeee of $50K. The value of such cars today is largely in the quality of the bodyshell.
Exhibit B, your grace, was a 1975 Ford XB Fairmont GS Rallye Pack. It was sold by Pickles Belmore for an undisclosed amount, although our spies tell us it was signi cant. The car was presented in its original Yellow Blaze colour with 49,485km on the odometer.
Expect a rush of base model Falcon hardtops to hit the market and auction scene.