FAL­CON MAR­KET RE­VIEW

Unique Cars - - THE HUMBLE UTE - CLIFF CHAM­BERS

V8 FAL­CON utes were pop­u­lar when new and re­mained rel­a­tively plen­ti­ful for decades. In fact, their strong num­bers mov­ing into the 21st Cen­tury were a sur­prise con­sid­er­ing that so many were forced from new to work for a liv­ing without any spe­cial care. Re­cently those plen­ti­ful sup­plies of good V8 utes have evap­o­rated. If you do find a re­ally good GS man­ual V8 the cost could reach $50,000. Most in the mar­ket how­ever are sub­stan­dard ve­hi­cles – some didn’t even start life with V8 en­gines – and priced so high that restor­ing one to any level of de­cency is un­eco­nomic. Colour, op­tions and ac­ces­sories can make a dif­fer­ence too. Fac­tory air-con­di­tion­ing would have been a very rare op­tion and, es­pe­cially if it is still work­ing, will add to value. Not many Fal­con utes of this era came with the fi­bre­glass canopies which were a pop­u­lar ad­di­tion for Holden own­ers. Find­ing one of these can be a bonus too. Au­then­tic­ity if re­ly­ing on build plates alone is dif­fi­cult to prove but any XB with an en­gine that doesn’t match the plate­work should be viewed with sus­pi­cion, Even if the ve­hi­cle is a gen­uine V8, it won’t be worth the same money as one with match­ing num­bers and fac­tory doc­u­men­ta­tion.

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