Aussies abroad: 1976 Ford Falcon XB GT for auction in the USA

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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One of the 949 XB GT coupes ever built has popped up for auction in the US of A

The Ford Falcon nameplate bowed out of the US market in 1970, however our uniquely Australian counterparts would famously go one to become one our country’s most-loved models.

Amazingly, one such Aussie icon has made it stateside and is coming up for grabs at Vicari Auction’s Biloxi, Mississippi sale on October 9-10.

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This Red Pepper 1976 XB Falcon GT represents one of 949 coupes produced from 1973 to 1976, and one of just 125 produced in 1976.

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It’s now known when or how our homegrown hero ended up stateside, although we do know it has covered some 76,000 miles and is described as largely unrestored except for a partial respray - due to a brush with a guardrail in Australia.

The car also wears some "bolt-on" modifications as it was reportedly extensively raced both in Australia and in the USA before being retired from competition in 2003.

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Its factory 351 Cleveland, toploader four-speed and 9" posi-track rear all in place and are believed to be numbers-correct, however the motor has been stroked to 393ci.

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There isn’t much of a market outside of Australia for most of our unique vehicles, although the XB GT uniquely holds a bit more of an international appeal thanks to its starring role in the Mad Max films.

There is no pre-auction estimate published, however on local shores you’d expect to pay north of $120,000 for a hardtop coupe. 

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The auction will be a curious litmus test on how well Australian hero cars perform on the world stage, and we’ll be sure to report back with a final selling price once the auction comes to a close.

In the meantime, if we have any USA-based Aussies out there looking for a little slice of home: you can view more information on the auction here, and view the car in full here.

 

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