XT FALCON BUYING
IF YOU happen to be a dedicated follower of fashionable Aussie Fords then an XT might be well down your list of Cars I Need To Own. But think logically and the model tasked with bridging the gap between the XR and XW-XY series is very similar in design and will cost considerably less than the models that followed. Over 74,000 XTs of all kinds were sold so volume is in its favour. Only 1062 four-speed GTs and 353 automatics were built, yet the sporty version is easier to find now than a basic sixcylinder sedan. These in very good condition are scarce and cost $25-30,000, with V8 Fairmonts now pushing past $40K. GTs exceed $100,000, with manual cars slightly more valuable than autos. As the market for older Australian performance cars firms it is becoming very apparent that authenticity and provenance have become more important to buyers than presentation. Matching numbers cars with the correct engine, carburettor and diff are now very hard to find and it is more than possible that an XT you look at will have some incorrect components. Joining a club before even owning a GT is sensible and in fact welcomed by other members. Not only can you learn what’s important about your preferred performance Falcon but you will be ‘on the inside’ should an existing owner want to sell or someone approaches the club looking to place a car.