He’s no bunny, this bloke

Unique Cars - - MORLEY’S WORKSHOP -

I was rec­om­mended to con­tact you v ia a mem­ber of the Aus­tra lian Ford Fo­rums. They said you might be able to as­sist in track ing down some in­for­ma­tion on a par­tic­u­lar car I own.

The car in ques­tion is a March1977 XC Fal­con coupe. It was black wit h a Play­boy theme: Play­boy bun­nies on t he front g uards, sil­ver bon­net and ac­cents like an XB GT, and a lso a

black vinyl roof.

The story goes that this was a pro­to­type idea Ford toyed with for the fi­nal 400 hard­top shells which we all k now, of course, be­came the XC Co­bra. This car was a one off and still ex­ists to this day. It went through the Ford Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles depart­ment in Fern­tree Gully. It is also said that this car did the round sat a few cars show in 1977 or 78. Mel­bourne in­ter­na­tional mo­tor­show and Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional mo­tor show seem to be what peo­ple say. It also fea­tured in a mo­tor­ing mag­a­zine of the time.

Many peo­ple have told me that they re­mem­ber see­ing pho­tos of the car but no-one can re­call what mag­a­zine it came from. But the mag­a­zine did show black and white pho­tos of it on a carousel at a show.

I’m hop­ing you guys might be able to as­sist in any in­for­ma­tion or maybe you guys have heard of t he car. I at­tached a well k nown sketch of the car made by the late Ford de­signer Herb Grasse who did in­deed de­sign t he car. I am a lso hop­ing to per­haps get in con­tact wit h Peter Ar­cadi­pane who is be­lieved to have worked on this or close to t his car.

John De Li­sio, Email

ABOVE The Co­bra, just 400 were made - sans Play­boy bun­nies.

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