Ford XC Cobra + Boss 302 Mustang + Lancia Stratos Replica - Auction Action 413

By: Mark Higgins

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Highlights from recent car auctions around the world

1978 Ford XC Cobra

Sold: $192,000
Lloyds Auctions

Edsel Ford's legacy to the Aussie car market is the Falcon Cobra. Unable to shift the remaining two-door shells, Ford created the Cobra, that became a classic. However, nobody would have predicted ‘his’ car would fetch so much for this one-owner example, number 234, that has travelled almost quarter of a million kilometres. It has the rare combo of a four-speed manual bolted to the rear of a modded 351 V8 Henry.


1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Sold: $80,889
Mecum Houston

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Squint at this Mustang and you can see more than a passing resemblance to the current model. Finished in a similar hue to Allan Moffat’s Coke Mustang, this example, like Moff's 1969 TransAm is also powered by a Boss 302 with a four-speed manual box. It boasts dual exhausts, competition suspension, a ‘shaker’ bonnet scoop, rear window slats, spoiler and Chrome Magnum 500 wheels. It’s one of 7014 G-code Mustangs produced.


1979 Lancia Stratos (replica)

Sold: $58,652
Bonhams, Goodwood

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One of the most evocative shapes ever, a genuine Stratos will cost you a stratospheric amount, if you can find one. Here's a replica by Hawk. Built in 1979, with the aid of a Lancia Beta donor car it has a two-litre Lancia Delta engine, not the 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino V6 like the genuine one, but still good enough to get along at a good clip. It came out of five years of storage to be auctioned.


1966 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau

Sold: $14,191
Mecum Houston

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One thing that’s guaranteed with a Thunderbird, is acres of metal for your money and the ’66 Landau delivers that in spades.At this price it's a steal. This example has journeyed a mere 15,000 original miles, so its 390ci V8 won’t even be run in. Fitted with a Cruise-O-Matic auto, wood grain dash and steering wheel and big comfy bucket seats, this big bird is just the jigger for a gentle flight along a country or coast road.


What's moving and shaking:

VW Bay Window Kombi

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The Bay Window Kombi was introduced in late 1967. It boasted many refinements but at the cost of considerable weight gain. A higher top speed was thanks to a larger 1600cc 36-horsepower engine and underneath the swing rear axle was flung, replaced by a transaxle for less whiteknuckle driving. In 1971 the Bay window got a 50hp version of the same engine plus disc brakes and in the mid 70s an auto gearbox and 1800cc engine from the Porsche 912 and 914 were offered. Good examples are now highly sought and have a cult following. One starred in the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Like Morley says, buy the best possible example for your dollars and do your research.



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