Mor­ley says...

Unique Cars - - MORLEY’S WORKSHOP -

JOHN, MY sus­pi­cion would be that the car was a spe­cially-made model (prob­a­bly a one-off) just for car shows which, back in the day, were a pretty big deal. Ford has a rich tra­di­tion of mak­ing wow-fac­tor cars to send around the coun­try to all the shows and, if I’m right, then this one was prob­a­bly sold (maybe through a deal­er­ship) once its carousel days were over.

I reckon that’s more likely than it be­ing a se­ri­ous pro­posal to help shift the last few hun­dred XC Fal­con Hard­top bod­ies. I mean, it’s one thing to have a Play­boy themed car on a show stand, but it’s an­other al­to­gether for a fine, fam­ily com­pany like Ford to have 400 of the bug­gers lined up in deal­er­ships.

The il­lus­tra­tion you’ve pro­vided shows that Herb Grasse was a ma­jor player in things, but some­thing like this also has Peter Ar­cadi­pane’s fin­ger­prints all over it for mine. Don’t for­get that Ar­cadi­pane was heav­ily in­volved with Ford’s show cars, de­sign­ing and build­ing the Con­corde van con­cept for the 1977 Mel­bourne Mo­tor Show, the front end styling of which went on to be­come the face of the last of the In­ter­cep­tors in the orig­i­nal Mad Max film. Last I heard, Ar­cadi­pane, af­ter a stint with Mercedes-Benz where he worked on the orig­i­nal SLK, was work­ing for Kia out of its Eu­ro­pean de­sign stu­dio.

BE­LOW The idea for a 70s mo­tor­show spe­cial takes shape.

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