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AUS­TRALIA’S best known and most valu­able ’70s mus­cle car, the Ford Fal­con XY GTHO Phase 3, is now within the reach of just about ev­ery motoring en­thu­si­ast thanks to a new release from Syd­ney com­pany Icon Mod­els.

While a full size “HO” is out of the reach of most en­thu­si­asts, with road go­ing ex­am­ples fetch­ing up­wards of $250,000, the new Icon GTHO means you can have a large scale replica of this clas­sic mus­cle car for less than $1500.

Icon has re­leased a sec­ond lim­ited pro­duc­tion run of its 1/8th scale Fal­con GTHO Phase 3 and in keep­ing with Henry Ford’s own phi­los­o­phy you can have it in any colour as long as it is Ul­tra White.

Just 1000 ex­am­ples of the Ul­tra White Fal­con GTHO have been pro­duced and they are priced at just $1295.

The new release fol­lows the highly suc­cess­ful lim­ited edi­tion run of 1000 Track Red Icon GTHO Phase 3s, which sold out within weeks of go­ing on sale last year.

The die cast 1/8th scale replica Ul­tra White GTHO is com­plete in ev­ery de­tail, from the spare tyre, jack and wheel brace to the dash, seat belts, steer­ing wheel and en­gine and comes ready to be eas­ily as­sem­bled.

The model kit comes fully pre-painted and pin­striped and con­tains over 500 com­po­nents.

Mea­sur­ing 60cm in length and stand­ing 10cm high, the Icon GTHO is the ul­ti­mate mus­cle car or­na­ment for the study, play­room or garage and is the clos­est you’ll get to hav­ing a gen­uine HO without the enor­mous in­vest­ment de­manded by a real one.

Ac­cord­ing to Icon Mod­els’ Ken Leach, the de­tail and fin­ish of ev­ery as­pect of the 1/8th scale GTHO is as­tound­ing and repli­cates ev­ery as­pect of the real thing.

“It is a car that has cap­ti­vated car en­thu­si­asts in Aus­tralia for the past four decades so we knew we had to work hard to get it right and that is ex­actly what we’ve done,” he said.

“The car is so re­al­is­tic we have shown peo­ple pho­tos of the model and they thought they were stu­dio shots of the real full size HO.”

With work­ing steer­ing, leg­endary 12 slot wheels, a highly detailed en­gine, replica bon­net hinges, metal leaf springs and even its own num­bered com­pli­ance plate, the lim­ited edi­tion Icon GTHO Phase 3 is a unique col­lectible. It comes with a reprint of the orig­i­nal Ford XY Fal­con sales brochure and a cer­tifi­cate of au­then­tic­ity.

Icon Mod­els has also planned a spe­cial 40th an­niver­sary 1/8th scale model of the orig­i­nal XW Fal­con GTHO Phase 1, which made its de­but at the 1969 Bathurst 500. The new Icon XW GTHO Phase 1 will be fin­ished in sil­ver with or­ange stripes.

Icon Mod­els are avail­able on the net at www. icon­mod­ or phone (02) 9526 5463.

Iconic GHTO: The model GTHO mea­sures 60cm long and stands 10cm high.

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