A run-down however extraordinarily uncommon 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 coupe has offered at public sale for $300,909, believed to a document quantity for a barn discover of this sort.

An nameless automobile collector from South Australia has paid $300,909 for an previous, run-down 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 that had been left to rot in a rooster coop in rural Queensland for the previous 32 years.

The barn discover – dubbed the “Hen Coupe” due to the place it had been saved for many of its life – was offered in a Graysonline public sale on Wednesday evening.

The six-day public sale was supposed to finish at 7pm, however late presents from 4 rival bidders within the ultimate minutes prolonged the sale till the hammer lastly fell about 7:40pm.

Beneath Graysonline guidelines, rival bidders have as much as 10 minutes to reply to a brand new provide, which is why the deadline stored getting prolonged.

Bids for the 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 coupe began at a nominal $9 when it went dwell at 5pm on Friday 24 July 2020, earlier than climbing to $160,000 inside the first 10 minutes, hitting $180,000 late on Friday evening, $250,000 on Saturday morning, and reaching $300,000 on Sunday evening.

Bids hovered slightly over the $300,000 mark for 3 days till a late rally between rival events on Wednesday evening.

Organisers initially anticipated the car would possibly promote for $200,000, different specialists stated it might comfortably eclipse $150,000 and estimated one other $100,000 would must be spent on restoration.

A press release from Graysonline public sale consultant Rian Gaffy stated: “I believe it was an awesome end result and I’m so glad the household selected Graysonline to promote the automobile. This exhibits that if somebody has an previous automobile, tucked away someplace and coated in mud, it may really be price actual cash and we’d encourage others with comparable autos to return ahead.”

The Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 is regarded by many collectors as much more uncommon than the mighty Ford Falcon GTs of the 1970s.

The automobile was created virtually by chance – from excessive efficiency elements initially supposed for the Ford Falcon GT Section IV – to race at Bathurst.

Nevertheless, plans for the Section IV have been scrapped after the car was deemed by politicians and the media on the time to be too highly effective for street use.

So Ford used the efficiency elements on a restricted run of normal Falcon GT sedans and coupes – that turned out to be something however atypical.

Numbers differ, however historians estimate about 120 coupes and 139 sedans have been constructed, for a complete of 259. To adjust to racing guidelines on the time, 250 examples of a automobile with the identical modifications needed to be constructed to be eligible for competitors.

The mannequin code RPO 83 stood for Common Manufacturing Choice. The automobiles bought many of the Ford Falcon GT Section IV efficiency elements, however not the popularity.

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