Power at a premium
PERFORMANCE versions of the Falcon are listed at up to $30,000 above their original price as collectors scramble to secure a piece of history.
It’s not just Ford’s fast Falcons for which dealers are seeking a premium either, with big prices asked for the Mustang and hot Focus RS too.
Seizing upon strong demand, little or no stock and long waiting lists, dealers and private sellers are advertising hoarded examples for big dollars online.
The supercharged Falcon XR8 Sprint, priced from $59,990 new, is listed for between $65,000 and $90,000 online. Some examples are new and others have token kilometres on the clock.
The asking price for a turbo XR6 Sprint, priced from $54,990 new, ranges from $60,000 to $80,000.
Not only are these cars the last of their breed, only 1400 of the limited edition Sprints were built, some destined for the New Zealand market — making them all the more collectable.
A quick search of the online automotive sites reveals one NSW dealer asking an astounding $89,990 for a new XR8 Sprint — a 50 per cent premium on its original $59,990 sticker price.
The grey automatic has just 10 delivery kilometres on the clock.
“This is one of the only available XR8 Sprints in stock for immediate sale,’’ the ad says. “No time wasters please.”
It’s the same story with the quicker XR6 Sprint. A Tamworth dealer has a new, grey automatic with zero kilometres for $75,000. This car was $54,490 plus on-roads a few months ago.
The advertisements all use similar terms: last one, don’t miss out, a piece of history, never to be repeated.
“We’ve left the stickers on, plastic on seats and crayon marks on the paint work. You can have this vehicle exactly as it’s come out of the plant,” one ad says.
An advert for a 325kW XR6 Sprint, with the very collectable build number 325 stamped on the engine cover, says “Ford was supposed to keep it for themselves.” It’s yours for $69,325.
Ford’s wildly popular Mustang is also attracting big dollars. There are 6000 orders and a 12-month wait for the Mustang, listed from $45,990 for the Ecoboost four, or $57,490 for the V8 GT.
The V8 muscle car, the first to be officially built in right hand for worldwide consumption, is being advertised for up to $100,000 online.
Attracting attention also is the Focus RS hot hatch, priced from $50,990 new and advertised for up $72,000 online.
Ford has sold out of its first batch of 500 cars and the waiting list is four to six months.
Ford sets recommended retail prices for dealers but can’t enforce them. A spokesman admits pricing can come down to supply and demand.
“Our dealers operate their own businesses and are free to charge what the market will bear, That applies across all products,” the spokesman says.
“The widespread feedback we’ve received on Mustang is that our manufacturer’s list pricing for the EcoBoost and V8 is incredibly competitive in the marketplace.
“Some have suggested we’re selling it too cheap.”
Can you afford these Fords? Falcon XR Sprints; Mustang, left