1978 FORD FALCON XC for sale

Price: $250,000
You are looking at a very special XC Falcon Cobra. Located in Tasmania for your inspection. Offers invited over $250,000.

One of only 40 XC Falcon Cobras built to this same specification and in stunning unrestored condition with full history known.

Motor racing has always been a rich test bed for the improvement of production cars. No period was more influential than the 60s and 70s when manufacturers were constantly improving their models in order to make them quicker, more reliable and ultimately to win races, especially at Bathurst. And no one with petrol in their veins will forget the One -Two formation finish of Allan Moffatt and Colin Bond in the 1977 Bathurst 1000 in those magnificent XC Falcon Hardtops.

When production of the XC coupe ceased at the Broadmeadows assembly plant in March 1978, Ford was left with 400 unsold shells and had to figure out a way to sell them, or scrap them. Enter one Edsel Ford II, Henry Ford's great grandson and Ford Australia's Assistant Managing Director at the time. He 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 and decided that the 400 shells would be dressed up to look like a Shelby Mustang and thus homologated for racing.

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, while the second 200 received the 4.9L 302 Cleveland V8. (There were two exceptions - Build number 001 came with the 4.9L 302 Cleveland V8 and build number 351 came with a 5.8L 351 Cleveland V8).

For sale is Cobra Build No. 392. One of 370 Cobras known as option 96 spec, it was built as one of the regular road-going versions, one of 200 XC Cobras built with the 302 Cleveland V8, one of 100 with the T-bar C4 automatic gearbox and one of 40 featuring the full suite of options including power steering, power windows, factory integrated air conditioning, dual exhausts and 4 wheel disc brakes.

Cobra 392 was originally ordered through Brian Wood Ford, Ferntree Gully, Victoria and delivered by Edwards Ford in Koo Wee Rup, Rural Victoria. The car was originally purchased by Jim Richard's race transport driver John from Tyabb, Victoria (Jim Richards had Build No. 18). During this ownership, Jim Richards had special widened Bathurst Globe rims made and one set was fitted to Build No. 392. Only four sets of these composite hand made wheels were produced by the touring car legend. The centres are 15 inch Bathurst Globes. The outer rims were machined off by Ron Harrop and replaced with a spun polished rim attached via a series of high tensile Allen bolts resulting in a fatter wheel size of 15 x 8.5 inches. Yokohama 225/60 front and 275/60 rears complete the Cobra's eye-catching rolling stock.

The car was in the original owners care for 26 years until Cobra 392 was purchased by well known ex-Shannons' auction representative Rod 'Tiny' Hansen in 2004. At the time, Tiny was the President of the Cobra Car Club of Victoria. During his ownership, Tiny added the Official Track Car livery of the 1978 Hardie Ferodo Bathurst 1000. There were 7 or 8 Cobras used in the 1978 Bathurst Race as Track Cars and the Cobra Club of Victoria decided to add the "Official Track Car" livery onto a club members car to match the Alan Moffat No. 1 and No. 2 Race Cobra replicas making for a standout Cobra Club car show display. In addition to club events, Cobra No. 392 was displayed at the Australian Muscle Car Show in Melbourne in 2002 and was used as the Official Pace Car at the start of the Group C Memorial Race at Bathurst in 2005. The stickers were meant to come off eventually but the car attracted so much attention in this guise that the stickers have stayed on.

The Cobra was then purchased by the current owner in 2010. It remains in unrestored and totally original condition with all matching engine and drive train. The interior is also all day one with the original trim (the two front seats have been retrimmed in NOS trim), carpets and the car is showing 213,653 km on the clock. The original boot matt, factory jack/jack bag and original 15 x 7 Bathurst Globe are also still in the boot.

The car has featured in Australian Muscle Car Magazine with John Bowe at the wheel. It has also been on the cover of Motor Magazine celebrating the launch of the FPV BFII GT Falcon Cobra in 2007, Unique Cars Magazine, Restored Cars Magazine as well as several calendars and is a multi award winning car including Best Cobra at the All Ford Day 2005, Top Cobra at the FPV Open Day and Top Muscle Car at the 2005 Cranbourne Car & Bike Show. The Cobra has also been on display at the Ford Discovery Centre in Geelong, Maffra Motor Museum in country Victoria and also on the turn table at the Tasmanian Motor Museum in Launceston.

There are not too many cars that stand out in the crowd as much as an XC Cobra. These cars have achieved legend status helped along by the famous 1-2 Moffat/Bond finish at Bathurst.

Ford and muscle car enthusiasts will want to come and cast your eyes over this mouth watering beauty.

Located in Hobart, Tasmania for your inspection by appointment. Offers invited over $250,000. (Ref. 5971)

We are happy to arrange a video inspection of the car using WhatsApp. Please call for more details and note Door to Door enclosed transport is available anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

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Listing TypeUsed
Stock Number244701
Body TypeHardtop - Coupe
No. of Doors2

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