It's a shame they never made it to full production.
One of only 4 ever built and the only one in original condition with only 4600 miles. 1972 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase 4 which was killed off before ever going into production.
Up for auction on October 20 2018 and expected to fetch 3 million odd. One of those rare muscle/race cars that in some respects is priceless.
It's a shame they never made it to full production.
A lot of money for a car without GPS, Auto, Bluetooth, ABS brakes or an energy polariser.
No airbag either, by the look of it.
I own a motorbike with 50% more horsepower than that "bullet" and a substantially better power to weight ratio.“Bullets on Wheels” was what the secretary for the N.S.W Minister for Transport whispered directly into the ear-hole of a journalist looking for a scoop who spewed the message onto the front page of the daily newspapers. This was ‘The Super Car Scare’ and for better or worse it changed Aussie performance cars forever.
I got to "baby-sit" a workmate's XA GT 4-Door for a couple months many moons ago.
Really didn't want to have to give it back...
Back in the day, a mate had a XB GT coupe which he did a bare metal restoration on. Polar white paint with black highlights. 351 manual. I was totally in awe of it at the time. He came to sell it for $10,000 in the early 80s but I couldn't afford it. Some lucky sod scored that wonderful beast.
Alan Moffat developing his XB GT coupe race car in the US - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyJBxznU7cE
Another mate had a gunmetal grey LJ XU-1 which also had a resto and a strong rebuild on the original 6 cyl triple carbed motor. Light weight and powerful, it was one scary little bugger. The planned XU-2 with a V8 would have been lethal if it ever made it into production. Just something about those early to mid 70s beasties. Maybe that element of danger due to the relatively agricultural design of the things compared to vehicles these days. You had to drive them. No technology to help get you out of trouble. To this day one of the scariest rides I ever had was in a 1970 HT 350 Monaro. The white knuckle ride through the back streets of Prahran where it hardly spent any time going in a straight line.
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Owned a XW GT Silver fox with a vinyl roof along with a XA coupe. Sold them both about 12 years ago.... wishing i hadn't as i feel they would be worth more the house i sold them for... Great era for cars for both ford and holden. you can be a ford or holden lover but looking back now its hard not to appreciated both for their cars...
Found this while getting distracted by this thread...
XA GT COLOUR CODE CHART Paint Code Paint Name Sedan + 1 GTHO Coupe Total X Red Pepper 338 144 482 Q Yellow Fire 253 68 321 Z Wild Violet 198 78 276 S/Z820 Yellow Glo 122 154 276 J Calypso Green 115 (incl. GTHO) 55 170 3 Polar White 112 54 166 R Copper Bronze 108 21 129 T/Z840 Lime Glaze 48 81 129 8 Cosmic Blue 76 36 112 K/Z838 Wild Plum 44 57 101 U/Y377 Ultra White 74 21 95 I Jewel Green 77 8 85 7 Walnut Glow 69 12 81 O/Z841 Summer Gold 36 27 63 B Onyx Black 8 15 23 Y/Z831 Kelly Green 19 4 23 4 Deep Ivy 19 1 20 C Skyview Blue 11 6 17 Y017 Aluminium 11 6 17 N/Y376 Port Wine 12 1 13 E Pottery Beige 11 1 12 M Blaze Blue 11 1 12 Y117 Brambles Red 8 3 11 Y280 Zircon Green 7 3 10 G Blue Teal 3 2 5 V Shadow Grey 1 3 4 F/Z839 Cool Violet 3 0 3 Y045 Corporate Blue 1 2 3 Y113 Rothmans Blue 2 1 3 Y154 Betta Stores Primrose 0 3 3 Y157 McRobertsons Old Gold 0 3 3 Y326 Stratosphere Grey 1 2 3 Y120 Daimler Blue 1 1 2 Y152 Ambulance White 1 1 2 Y269 RAA Yellow 1 1 2 Y289 Surfer Orange 1 1 2 Y299 Indigo Blue 0 2 2 Z151 Unknown 2 0 2 Y083 Repco Green 1 0 1 Y091 Reef Green 1 0 1 Y099 Shell Yellow 0 1 1 Y107 Ansett Blue 1 0 1 Y161 Royal Umber 0 1 1 Y266 Bechel Yellow 0 1 1 Y277 Vintage Burgundy 0 1 1 Y333 Tunisian Turquoise 0 1 1 Y345 Readymix Orange 0 1 1 Y348 Track Red 1 0 1 Unknown Variation to published 60 5 65
Ahh the good old days when cars came in more than 4 colour options.
What colour is McRobertsons Old Gold? Is Rothmans Blue a khaki plain packaging colour now? And what is an Ansett?
Looking in any car park now and the sea of white, black and shades of grey looks depressingly like cold war Russia, unlike the 70s cars that were all the above colours not to mention metal flake and two-tone.
Feeling old now.
XY GT colour-chart.jpg
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Monaro color chart.jpg
Good article, thanks for posting.
(not mine but same color)
"Bigdaddy", this might bring back some good memories......http://www.toymods.org.au/forums/thr...dicated-Thread
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Sure does bring back memories Cafe Lotta,
Mine was a white 74-75 LT Celica...Not only did I put a different motor in it I upgraded the exhaust to a 2" stainless steel one. The car looked like a piece of rubbish but went very nicely indeed and did it handle? Always great fun taking it for a fang in the Adelaide hills. The Mustang style Celica was a 2 litre job if my memory serves me correctly? and it was indeed my favourite Celica until the GT 4 came out. Never had the pleasure of owning either.
Not my car either.
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The Auction video showing full auction and end result. Starts at about 19:40 into the video.
Another video with Alan Moffat and Fred Gibson at the Auction house 14 hours before go time.
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My '76 Celica LT 1600.
I was never all that interested in horsepower - fun to drive was what I have always been after and the Celica had that in spades.
It is still my favourite of all the cars I have owned.
Had a couple of new Rotaries 'way back when'. RX2 and RX4 Coupe. The RX2 was fun, not so much the RX4.
Nice collection Rocky! Those RX2 are still getting around today, often see some immaculate ones getting around - clearly with worked motors because of that unique sound made by peripheral porting (which doesn't sound very flash).
I keep thinking about Andy's comments about colours, really is a shame about the lack of colour these days and how everyone buys for resale. The only coloured cars you find these days are toy or hobby cars, like Porsche GT3 or GT4 where they are coloured and all the pedestrian models are white, black and seal grey.
Now to whinge about the loss of pop up headlights.....
Some of my favourite cars with 'Pop-ups'.
I'll take the first one please, or if you really want to drive a hard bargain, just give me the second one instead.
I think the Ferrari Daytona is the best looking car ever produced. Here are a few more drool-worthy photos.
I agree Rocky the Ferrari Daytona is a good looking car especially with the Borani wires. To me thought the Dino, even though not a Ferrari, just personifies the term sports car. Far, far better looking and more timeless than anything since.
The Dino is universally accepted as a great sports car and one of the best ever. Their prices reflect that.
I've never been able to come to grips with the looks however. I always think the front looks a bit like a frog and has the slightly awkward rear proportions of all mid-engine cars.
Having raced an XY "phase 3 HO", I really don't miss it. Builds up the muscles in your left leg (clutch) and loses brakes by lap 13 of 15 around my fave track (mind you the Holdens of that era lost brakes by lap3 - which is why they used Ford brakes for many years at Bathhurst).
However the RX2 and the "Datsun 24 oz" as we nicknamed it were both tons of (illegal) fun. As was a spare "retired racing" sidewinder V8 we put in a Morris Minor 1000 (the Beetle looking one) - it only lasted 3 weeks before the body fell apart but what a weapon...
The other car I miss - the light blue SLR5000 "tomcat" that my brother had - also an insane "far faster than the chassis / tyres could handle" type of car. I remember taking it down the local zig-zag mostly very sideways under full throttle / opposite lock at speed - exit one set of rear tyres in about 10kms, but worth every cent. And no, the idea wasn't the "Tokyo drift" rubbish, it was to get down there asap - no one I knew broke that time until a guy with a Bolwell Nagari smashed it apart by several seconds.
Mind you, I agree with Andy - if you want real acceleration, get on a decent sportsbike.
The Dino (100% Ferrari of course, despite the name) is one I like. This, however, is my other favourite among Ferraris. Safety was not a big deal.
Berlinetta 250GT Lusso, 1962
It, too, sells for a few $M. A couple of times I saw one tootling around the Southern Highlands outside Sydney, a popular place for Sydney-siders to flash their cars. I saw almost everything there is, there.
Rocky you are a hard marker on aesthetics!
Way back, when the Dino was first released into Oz, I was so close to buying one but got talked out of it by my Dad. He couldn't see how any car was worth more than a decent house, and so I eventually relented. Back then we're only talking about $15K and now, you could buy an awesome house for the value of one of these...
I really loved those cars back then and now, even more so.
A couple of mates eventually bought very speccy cars around that time, one a V12 E-Type Roadster (BRG) and the other, a Lamborghini Miura (Yellow). Both were used but in great condition, imported from the UK at the time. Loved the sound of the E-Type starting up in the morning (he used to drive it to work every day and lived next door), had that wonderful Jaguar Snarl ... In the end, I went for Bikes instead of cars and had a ball.
Interesting times Mal. The Jags were nice, but the Muira was a rare beast! I used to see them a bit as Henry Nebricki had the NSW Lamborghini service centre on the way to school (literally next door to Colin Bonds rally workshop). The Muira earned it's place in history as the first mid engined supercar, the Jag as bringing performance and style to the everyday man. Miss those days when brands weren't managed and manicured to drag every last dollar out of a customer (and non customers alike, don't forget the merchandising) and the companies and associated organisations were full of people who loved cars and machinery. Ordinary people could aspire to these cars. Was in the local Porsche dealership last week, had a nice yellow GT4 there and my eyes nearly watered as walked over to it at the cool half million for a Panamera (didn't check which version - no point!)
I was mortal once, ... oh, well, anyway, I mean I bought an Alfetta not long after they came out. Rustbucket with an engine to make anyone joyous, once you mastered cold starts (which did not involve following the manual). An array of proper instruments, woodrim wheel, twin-cam alloy sweetness with two dual-throat Webers hanging off the side and a decent 5-sp all synchro gearbox. This wasn't the cars my daddy brought me up on. For a small sedan, nothing much that was faster ever turned up on the open road. Days with a prima facie speed limit. I'm still here though.
I donít mind this P1800 Volvo. (Never thought Iíd say that about a Volvo)
The wheels, ok I guess, but the shape, mmm............
That, or a mid 60ís Mustang Coupe.
EZCFlair that is one nice P1800! A friend had one she inherited from her mother, nice looking car without performance to match the looks. That example yo have shown looks to be a real show car, dechromed, dropped and also new headlights. My friends had chrome on the top trimming the tail fins, looks much sharper without (and trim probably unobtainable).
Mal, Alfa were something back then, always pined for a GTV6 but never got one, always thought that was one good looking car. Mal when you got into bikes did you go Japanese or European?
Bought Japanese bikes for everyday use and European/English bikes for fun. Had several Enduro/Off-Road bikes which included Yamaha and Suzuki but also Bultaco, Montesa and even a Husqvarna. Everyday Road bikes were Hondas or Yamahas of various sizes from 400cc up to 1100cc and the fun bikes were Norton, Triumph and then Ducati which I stuck with for many years. All of 'em great bikes in different ways but the Dukes were the most fun...
Like your style Mal. Lots of variety there. I must say I can imagine you appreciate the Ducati. I loved mine and always used to say the thing I liked with the big twin and dry clutch that you felt part of it and involved, even doing 60kmh. You didn't need to be going flat out to have a good time..
PS The supplementary question could be did British bikes force you to become an engineer? (remembering their reputation at the time)
My only muscle car experience was an XE ESP Fairmont ghia with the super rare 351 engine and 4 speed manual trans. I inherited the car from my brother. Like Tampit said they sure build up the clutch leg. It was fun to drive until we had an engine fire in the traffic on the way to Calder raceway in Victoria. Sold it for $6k from memory, wish I still had it as it would be worth considerably more tot he right person now.
Bangalow, you can be glad you experienced that. When the cheapest v8s are in BMW and Mercs and most are driving electric cars you will be able to tell the kids about your V8
Does my 1986 Lada Niva count as a muscle car?
It depends who is behind you.
Barry , only if it is the Peter Brock version - yes he did do one!
Regarding the 3 million Phase IV that someone paid 2 million for, I wonder how the buyer plans to get a return on their money?
No one who has a spare 2 million to spend is a fool (maybe). They would expect a profit of some kind or else the money would be better spent elsewhere e.g. a block of units with tenants and a fairly certain capital gain.
No doubt the buyer would be hoping the Phase IV increases in value but how much higher than 2 million can it go?
Ezflair, my concern would be the limited market. The likely buyer is probably over 50, has a few million spare for toys and lives in Australia - a small number of people. I wouldn't be that brave. Plenty of 8 figure Ferraris around, some bought by investment groups but that is a car with worldwide appeal. Or ex movie cars, etc Bottom line a $20K car you can thrash the hell out of and not be financially destitute is always going to be more fun Quite a few have been caught with cars they bought 5 or 10 years ago and are now too expensive to take out for more than a Sunday drive now for the owner.
Had a 57 Dodge Custom Royal in the early 70s. 2 doors, fins, chrome, more chrome and an old school overhead valve V8. No pretensions at performance, this thing was a powerful cruiser, pure and simple. Swapped out the stock exhaust for twin 2 inch straight through copper tubes.
The memory of balmy night cruises through Melbourne's inner city lanes with the accompanying burble reverberating off the walls. The occasional spurt raising the volume and pitch, causing the tail to lower, the bonnet to lift - still thrills, even all these years later.
OCD had to google to check it was the one I thought, the fins are really something. The sort of car you regret selling now.