Power at a pre­mium

Herald Sun - Motoring - - NEWS - CHRIS RILEY chris.riley@news.com.au

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

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