1972 Ford Falcon XA-GT-HO
Phase 4 "170MPH Factory Prototype Race Car"
Falcon GT HO Phase 4 Factory Prototype Bathurst Race Car. Hand built seam welded and blueprinted producing almost 400HP. This unmolested intact factory race car with under 5,000 miles is one of only three manufactured by Ford Special Vehicles for Allan Moffat & Fred Gibson.
1964 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S
Motor: Chrysler 273 V8, Roller Cam, Arias Pistions, 4 x 48mm Weber carbs on
custom manifold, Crower conrods, steel crankshaft, custom extractors.
Gearbox: Chrysler 4 speed new process, with Hurst shifter.
Diff: Chrysler limited slip.
Suspension: Lowered with heavy duty shocks & sway bars. Torsion bar front,
leaf spring rear.
Wheels: Performance, Superlite 6" x 15" with Yokohama Tyres
Class NB Lap Record Wakefield Park Clocked at 164MPH down conrod straight
2009 Toyota Lexus LFA
Lexus began taking orders for the LFA supercar on October 23, 2009. Buyers
will be selectively chosen by Lexus in the second quarter of 2010.
Production will begin in December 2010 as a 2011 model. Only 500 total LFA
models will be made worldwide, with only 20 produced each month. Each car
will be custom ordered to the customer's specifications, and will cost an
estimated US$375,000, depending on options and customization.
Production LFAs, lined up in Yokohama
Following the LFA's release at the Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus unveiled a
website with a 'LFA configurator' which allowed users to select exterior
and interior colors, brake caliper colors, seats, steering wheel leather,
and other interior designs. In total, there are over 30 billion possible
configurations. Each LFA will be hand-built by a dedicated production team
of engineers and specialists at Toyota's Motomatchi plant in Aichi, Japan.
In the North American market 150 LFAs will be initially sold through a two
year lease program much like the Ferrari F50. This is to prevent owners
from reselling the vehicle for a profit. Racing driver Scott Pruett was
hired to give test drives to interested buyers, demonstrating the vehicle's
capabilities at Auto Club Speedway. The Lexus division of Toyota Motor USA
will stop taking orders at the end of 2009, in which they will talk about a
purchase plan for the lessees. Lexus later changed their stance and allowed
outright purchase, but only on the condition that they sign an agreement
giving the dealer first right of refusal to buy back the LFA if the owner
wants to sell it within the first two years. The dealer will have the
option to buy back the used LFA for either fair market value or the
original sticker price, whichever is lower. In the European market buyers
order their LFA through a single Lexus dealer located in Park Lane, London
where it is purchased outright.
During LFA production, each vehicle will receive a plaque which is
individually numbered, indicating the unit's place in the production run.
Each LFA V10 engine will also bear the signature of the specialist who
With 20 units produced monthly, production of the entire LFA run will last
for 25 months, from December 2010 to December 2012.
1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Coupe
Purchased by the vendor at the Bonhams UK's Silverstone Classics auction in
July 2010, this fine example of the Bertone bodied 2600 Sprint is one of
only 597 factory built RHD Sprints recorded.
The expansive history file details restoration work by the renowned
Brookside Garage in the nineties, which was owned by former AROCA UK
Chairman John Dooley. At this point the chassis was stripped and re-painted
while the engine was also rebuilt. New brakes were also installed at this
time. Fast forward some ten years and the 2600 had only travelled a further
1000 miles before its owner decided to return it to its original
specification. The exterior was restored to its original Rosso Amaranto
finish and the interior was re-trimmed in black leather, with new
headlining and carpets. Around this time a set of Dellorto carbs replaced
the original Solex arrangement and electronic ignition was fitted whilst
new Michelin rubber encased genuine NOS hubcaps. Steering and suspension
components were also rebuilt where necessary. With receipts on file
exceeding $70,000 this 2600 Sprint has had the hard work done and is now
ready to enjoy. The receipt file includes copies of brochures and road
tests. The Alfa will be sold registered in Victoria until November 2011
with a Victorian Roadworthy Offered by the vendor after sale.
McLeod Ford Falcon XA GT 351
Goss debuted at the Bathurst 500 in 1969 driving a McLeod Ford (with its
distinctive yellow/black chequer windscreen strip) sponsored Ford Falcon
GTHO, but Goss's co-driver Dennis Cribbin crashed the Falcon at Forrest
Elbow. In 1970 John Goss posted the fastest lap during the Bathurst 500 in
his XW Falcon GTHO Phase II. The following year Goss won two rounds of the
Toby Lee Series at Oran Park against such opposition as Colin Bond and Fred
Goss won the 1972 South Pacific Touring Car Series and the 1972 Sandown 250
endurance race, both in Series Production Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III's.
He also put his Falcon on the front row of the grid at the 1972
Hardie-Ferodo 500, qualifying second fastest behind the Works GTHO of
expat-Canadian Allan Moffat. Engine failure after splashing around for 24
wet laps ended Goss' race.
With the Series Production class being replaced by the new Group C Touring
Car class in 1973, Goss was the first driver to develop and race the new
Ford Falcon XA GT Hardtop. Unlike Series Production, the new Group C rules
allowed considerable modifications. Goss obtained sponsorship from Shell
and Max McLeod, a prominent Ford dealer in Rockdale, New South Wales --
known for his "Horn cars" -- as well as obtaining factory assistance from
Ford Australia, who provided Goss with purpose-built XA racing chassis.
Goss was actually the first to race the XA Hardtop in the 1973 ATCC, even
before the Works team who used a modified Phase III GTHO and didn't make
the switch to the Hardtop until the Endurance races later in the year. Goss
and Kevin Bartlett teamed up for the 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst
and qualified on pole position with a time of 2:33.4 (it was to be Goss'
only pole at Bathurst) ahead of the GTR-XU1 Holden Torana of Peter Brock
and Doug Chivas. Goss started and built up a good lead which was kept until
he was involved in a crash at The Cutting which damaged his front end. The
Falcon suffered radiator damage which later caused its retirement on lap
110 of the now 163 lap race (prior to 1973 race distance was 500 miles and
ran only 130 laps.
The pair returned to Bathurst for the 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 in the same
car -- repainted from yellow to blue after losing Shell as their major
sponsor -- and proved to have the reliability needed to last through a race
marred by driving rain, finishing first. To celebrate the victory, Ford
Australia released a limited edition XB Falcon Hardtop in 1975 called the
John Goss Special. Actual production numbers of these cars were never
released by Ford, but estimates range anywhere between 260 and 800 -- they
are now considered collectible.