1978 Ford XC Falcon Cobra No.170 - 5.8 litre V8 ... $265,000

Now for sale a rare unrestored 1978 XC Falcon Cobra No. 170 of 400 made. For sale from Brisbane, QLD.

This factory matching numbers 5.8 litre Cobra is factory optioned with Power steering, Air conditioning, Power windows plus Radio and separate Cassette player.

This is an original paint Cobra with the only mod being the gearbox change from FMX auto to 4 speed Single Rail manual. The original fully rebuilt FMX, shifter, pedal box and speedo cable come with the car.

Showing 100,884 kilometres, this is a really good original and unmolested car with the day one original Cobra cloth trim still in place. Everything works including the fully rebuilt Air Conditioning. The engine has never been rebuilt just maintained and the Cobra is running a Holley 600 CFM vac secondary with the original Thermoquad 4 BBL carby coming with the car. The owner has maintained the Cobra without regard to cost with a new clutch fitted and the diff recently rebuilt.

Edsel Ford II, Henry Ford's great grandson and Ford Australia’s Assistant Managing Director at the time believed Ford’s one-two finish by Allan Moffat, Jacky Ickx, Colin Bond and Alan Hamilton at the 1977 Bathurst 1,000 was a cause for celebration. He decided to create a limited edition Falcon using 400 spare Hardtop shells themed on the famous Shelby Mustang. The result was the XC Falcon Cobra.

For the first time in Australia, each of the 400 Cobras featured individually numbered plaques located on the dash and all were sequentially numbered from 1—400. The first 200 Cobras made were fitted with the 5.8L 351 Cleveland V8, with build numbers 2 through 31 extra special Cobras homologated for Group C racing and the Bathurst Great Race. The second 200 received the 4.9L 302 Cleveland V8. There were two exceptions to this engine formula with build number 001 fitted with a 4.9L 302 Cleveland V8 and build number 351 fitted with a 5.8L 351 Cleveland V8.

For sale is Cobra Build No. 170. One of 370 Cobras known as Option 96 spec, it was built as one of the regular road-going versions, and one of only 120 XC Cobras built with the 351 Cleveland V8 and T bar FMX automatic gearbox combo. Cobra 170 features the full suite of options including power steering, power windows, factory integrated air conditioning, dual exhausts, 4 wheel disc brakes, LSD 9" rear end and Option 96 Cobra dress up pack which included front and rear spoilers, painted bumpers and interior and exterior Cobra badging.

Cobra 170 was originally ordered through Holmesford, South Yarra, Victoria and still wears the original dealer sticker on the back window.

The XC is supplied with both the correct day one date stamped 1978 Bathurst Globes with BF Goodrich Radial T/A 225/60x15 tyres plus the widened Globe wheels with BF Goodrich Radial T/As 235/60x15 on the front and massive 295/50x15 on the rear (as seen in the photos). There is also a spare with factory tools in the boot.

The Cobra is supplied with a Ford Verification letter, radiator support production line build tag and two sets of keys.

There are not too many cars that stand out in the crowd like an XC Cobra. These cars have achieved legend status helped along by the famous 1-2 Moffat/Bond finish at Bathurst. Now is your chance to get behind the wheel of this extra special XC Cobra.

Currently on Historic registration with COB-170 plates supplied with the car for a Queensland buyer. Located in Brisbane, QLD for your inspection. (Ref. 6355)

If you wish we will gladly arrange a video tour of the car using WhatsApp and of course there is no issue with door to door enclosed transport anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

Call Mike on 0414 278 604 or Nick on 0499 577 997 and let us assist you with your inquiries. Also please note if you have a quality Muscle or Classic car you wish to list or have valued please give us a call at AMCS, we will be happy to assist you.




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T - 5.8 litre V8


B - FMX automatic






03 - Seat belts

06 - Power steering

11 - Tinted laminated windscreen

40 - Air conditioning

45 - Limited slip differential

46 - Power windows

53 - 4 wheel disc brakes

67 - Dual exhaust

96 - Cobra Pack