Coupe coup

Australian Muscle Car - - Maniac -

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.

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