Falcon XY GT + Torana GTR XU-1 – auction action

By: Andy Enright, Unique Cars magazine

Presented by

1973 Holden LJ GTR XU 1 Torana GTR XU-1 1973 Holden LJ GTR XU 1
1971 Ford Falcon XY GT Ford Falcon XY GT 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT

Aussie muscle still runs strong across the block

Falcon XY GT + Torana GTR XU-1 – auction action
GT prices are climbing in the wake of big numbers for GT-HOs.

1971 Ford Falcon XY GT

There were a few true blue Aussie muscle cars crossing the block at Shannons late 2016 and this XY GT whipped up a bit of a storm on the auction floor, with bidding only running out of steam at a heady $127k. Fitted with a three-speed auto, this XY looked tidy and prices for these are starting to backfill the huge price vacuum left in the wake of GT-HOs. How long the baby boomers can sustain interest is a whole different discussion.

Shannons

Sold $127,000

1973 Holden Torana LJ GTR XU-1

Not sold on paying a quarter of a million for a Torana A9X? The earlier LJ XU-1 is the giantkiller that did for the Falcon GT-HO at Bathurst in ’73 and demand is cranking. No, it doesn’t have the musculature and presence of an A9X hatch, but the XU-1 remains one for the true devotee of the golden age of Aussie circuit racing. With its 202ci six in fine fettle, this one sailed way past its initial reserve.

Shannons

Sold $112,500

 

(Published in Unique Cars 396)

 

Sign up to our free weekly newsletter for more unique car reviews and features plus see the latest unique and classic cars for sale.

Subscribe to Unique Cars magazine
- Print edition
- Digital edition