GT HO at Shannons June Auction
A highly sought-after 1969 Falcon XW ‘GT HO Phase I’ in show condition will be sold unreserved as the feature car of Shannons June 3 Vintage & Classic Vehicle Auction in Melbourne.
Finished in trademark ‘Vermillion Fire’, the feisty Ford represents a rare opportunity for enthusiasts to purchase a true Australian supercar for well under current market price. But there’s a reason.
While the Falcon’s thundering 5.7 litre engine is from a genuine Phase I GT HO Falcon and all the important race-oriented GT HO body and mechanical components are fitted, the vehicle is believed to be the reincarnation of a badly damaged original car.
Certainly it has been re-bodied at some time with the shell of a mint condition XW Fairmont, but as it bears the HO’s original chassis number, you’d never know.
The current owner purchased the complete vehicle in 1977 in rundown condition and undertook a full and detailed restoration, including new chrome, rubbers, felts and cadmium-plated nuts and bolts.
The car has been driven sparingly since and remains in show condition - a testament to the quality of the restoration.
Shannons National Auctions Manager, Doug Willersdorf-Greene, expected the Falcon to sell in the $20,000-$30,000 range – well under the $35,000-$40,000 that an original, but otherwise indistinguishable Phase I GT HO would bring.
The Falcon is one of 54 affordable classics including 18 unreserved vehicles in the Shannons June auction, which will be held from 8.00pm at 321 Warrigal Road, Cheltenham.