Ford Falcon XA GT - on the block

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

Hero car should score solid interest

Ford Falcon XA GT - on the block
Good-looking XA should get plenty of interest.

One of the highlights of the upcoming (Feb 6) Shannons auction in Sydney is this, an XA GT from 1972.

We're a bit fond of the 'coke bottle' shape here at Unique Cars mag and, while they haven't reached the dizzy heights of their XY predecessors, they offer better value for money.

The GT was the flagship performance car for the range and was meant to be the basis for the Phase 4 GT-HO.

However that car got canned when the newspaper-led supercar scare came along and spooked local manufacturers into giving their performance models a much lower profile.

The end result is that a few lucky people managed to get the approximate equivalent of a Phase 4 in the shape of an RPO83.

Back to the GT - it had a development of the legendary Cleveland 351ci (5.8lt) V8 4v, which claimed 300 horses (224kW) at 5400rpm and 515Nm at just 3400rpm. The driveline in this example includes a three-speed auto and 9-inch diff.

According to the numbers offered by Shannnons, there were 1868 XA GT sedans built and 891 coupes.

This tidy-looking example has had a fair bit of work done to it over time and carries an Allan Moffat signature on the glovebox lide.

Shannons has an estimate of $68,000-78,000 on it - a long way north of what they sold for new, but relatively modest in the local hero car market.

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