Thirteen XY Falcon GT-HO Phase 3s fronted the grid for the 1971 Hardie Ferodo 500 at Bathurst, led by the Ford works' cars of Allan Moffat and John French. Moffat gained pole position with a best practice lap of 2:38.9, a full 10 seconds faster than his time set in the 1970 XW GT-HO Phase 2, making a pretty daunting prospect for the Holden Torana and Chrysler Charger teams. At the end of the Great Race, Phase 3 GT-HO Falcons filled 5 of the top 6 positions with a single LC Torana GTR XU-1 driven by a young Colin Bond in 4th place.
At the time, the GT-HO was considered the fastest 4 door sedan in the world and that combined with it's dominance at Bathurst and in Touring car events ensured the Phase 3 an unmatched reputation making it still to this day the most desirable and collectible Australian Muscle car ever produced.
While racers like Moffat, Gibson, Skelton, Carter, French, Bartlett, West, Seton and Goss could drive a GT-HO at Bathurst flat out down Conrod at 150mph, just turning the key, blipping the throttle and watching that shaker crank over whilst parked in your driveway would make you feel like the King of the Mountain!
Many of us can recall and tell stories of being a passenger in a Phase 3 back in the day, few will even recall driving one on the open road in the era. These experiences have left an indelible mark on us for a lifetime.
Now for sale is this genuine concours restored Phase 3 GT-HO, unique in that it is 1 of only 21 Phase 3 GT-HOs that were ordered from the factory with the much sought after GOLDE sunroof option. According to the ACCHS report this car was originally sold through Prestney Bros. of Sale, Victoria and is one of 66 XY GT-HOs built with the Vermilion Fire and Black trim combination. It is believed to be one of four Vermilion Fire Phase 3s ordered with the Sunroof option and is the only one known to still exist.
In 2017, the current owner embarked on an incredible two year full nut and bolt rotisserie restoration, using the renowned restorer, Chris Dent of Falcon GT Restorations in Sydney, to painstakingly restore this special car to its former glory. Not a single item has been left untouched with amazing attention to detail. Over $300,000 has been spent on this amazing restoration with over 500 photos detailing every aspect of the restoration.
Every part, NOS and restored has been individually detailed, photographed and catalogued. The attention to detail has gone so far as to locate and restore an original Autolite Tartop Battery, original battery terminals and leads, genuine heater hoses and clamps right down to the original and unique windscreen wiper rubbers. More detailed photos of this restoration can be found on the Falcon GT Restorations page on Facebook.
There is a perfect blend of NOS and the highest quality workmanship in the restoration of this concours correct GT-HO. Powered by the famous 351 4V Cleveland, date code correct and built in house to 490 bhp, date code correct 780 Holley carburetor with carby tag, date code correct water pump, heads, distributor, sump even the Munroe shock absorbers are date code correct. The car features the close ratio long shaft 31 spline Top Loader 4 speed gearbox, original twin ribbed tail shaft and Mount Panorama prepared nodular iron 3.5:1 31 spline 9" diff. The engine features the Phase 3 only X number on the block.
From the original vinyl on the seats with new bolstering, original crash pad, beautiful original dash and door trims and recalibrated gauges. Beautifully operating factory Option code 10 Golde sunroof and as to be expected, all factory correct markings are in place in the engine bay and on the under carriage.
In the boot, the car features a New Old Stock Aquajet ER70 H 14 spare tyre with the factory 36 gallon fuel tank and concours correct jack, tools and jack bag. The car is riding on genuine 5 slot Kelsey Hayes XY rims with super hard to find NOS red walled ER 70 H14 Dunlop Aquajet tyres. Even the front end is built using all NOS top and bottom ball joints, spring saddles, tie rods, idler and pitman arms.
Once you have closely inspected the photos and video we think you will agree that this GT-HO is absolutely breathtaking in its presentation. It is ready to win concours shows and will be the King of any Australian Muscle car collection. This is a unique opportunity to purchase a very rare example of the XY GT-HO that has been correctly restored to the highest standard possible. If you have been waiting for the car to make your dreams come true then this is surely the one. Now is the time to act before all of the hype that will be associated with these cars turning 50 in 2021 makes their values sky rocket.
Located in Brisbane, QLD for your private inspection. (Ref: 5511)
H - 351 ci High Output GTHO
L - 4 Speed Top Loader Manual
6 - Vermilion Fire
B - Black Vinyl
03 - Seat belts
10 - Sunroof
64 - 36 Gallon Fuel tank
71 - Superfringe Deluxe push button radio