Australians have an analogous affinity for muscle automobiles as do Individuals. That’s one thing we may all the time agree upon. The Large-Three all had Aussie divisions of their firms, producing some wonderful machines again within the day. It was a disgrace to see Holden go away, as they have been the Australian-arm of GM who gave us the most recent incarnation of the Camaro and the SS. Ford was equally invested in Australia and created some actual contenders.
The Choose of the Day is a uncommon 1976 Ford Falcon (XB) GT listed on ClassicCars.com by a seller in Wichita Falls, Texas. It’s quick and nearly fully authentic, the seller says. It represents the final mannequin yr of this automobile, made well-known by Mel Gibson within the Mad Max films and race wins in Australia.
The Ford Australia-built XB was a full-size automobile, when even the Mustang was shrinking in measurement in America. Full with a 351 Cleveland engine, it made for real muscle. A number of incarnations have been efficiently raced; Allan Moffat gained the 1976 Australian Touring Automobile Championship driving a Falcon XBGT Hardtop.
“Solely 949 actual XBGT’s coupes have been constructed from 1973 until 1976 and within the remaining yr a mere 125 items got here off the manufacturing line,” studies the seller.
This Ford is supplied with a 351 Cleveland 4V (393 Stroker), toploder 4 velocity, 9-inch positraction rear finish, 4-wheel disc brakes, tramp rods(traction bars) and fog lights.
“This GT is unrestored besides for about 50% of the paint (guardrail rub in Australia) and a few bolt-on modifications,” the seller mentioned. “This automobile was extensively raced on the quarter-mile dragstrip and varied street programs in Australia and the USA. It was retired from competitors in 2003.”
Again in 1979, the GT Falcon was placed on the map and garnered cult standing in a number of of the Mad Max films. Within the authentic 1979 movie, Mel Gibson drove the “Pursuit Particular,” a 351 cid (5.8-liter) 1973 Ford XB GT Falcon hardtop. Two different 1974 XB sedans have been used as Essential Power Patrol Interceptor automobiles. Extra Falcons have been used as “Pursuit Specials” within the sequels Mad Max 2 and Fury Highway.
Rarity, matching numbers and a strong tribute to the cult basic automobile with 105,417 km on the odometer all wrapped up for somebody to seize, provided at $99,000.
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