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1971 Ford XY GT Falcon up for grabs

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    Apart from a new yellow ochre paint job, the 1971 Ford XY GT Falcon is totally original.

A rare XY GT Falcon is Steve Georgiadis's prized possession.

And now he is giving it away. he former security manager is flogging off his $120,000 classic and donating the entire proceeds to charity.

The highly collectable 1971 Ford will be sold in Melbourne this weekend. The proceeds of the Sotheby's sale will go to Soul4Give, a non-profit indigenous advocacy group run by Georgiadis's mate Rob Batzke. Soul4Give promotes forgiveness, mental, social and physical health for indigenous communities.

Georgiadis, from Kingsgrove in Sydney, admits he could do with the cash himself to help pay his mortgage. "But I do believe it will come back to me," he says. "Rob does great work for Soul4Give and I want to help out."

He has owned the pampered car for the past 20 years. Apart from a new yellow ochre paint job, it is totally original.

"It's a great car but it's time to move it on," he says. Georgiadis says Batzke had been there for him when he experienced his own problems. Both his parents died recently and other family members have been plagued with health problems. Before his mother died, Georgiadis was forced to quit his security job to care for her.

"I'm pushing 50 and have been through a few tough situations so I understand what forgiveness is about," he says. "Rob's been a good mate and he's helped me so I wanted to help him."

Sotheby's national head of collector cars, James Nicholls, says Georgiadis's generosity has stunned staff. "It's really quite an amazing offer," he says. "It makes you feel quite humble." Nicholls says the car was one of the best examples of the XY GT series. "We expect spirited bidding," he says.

Rare classic Falcon GTs are highly sought after, with six figure prices common. Some Falcon GT-HOs have even fetched more than $500,000 in recent years. Apart from Georgiadis's pride and joy, Sotheby's is auctioning off 28 cars, motorbikes and memorabilia.

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  • About to commence full restoration of my xy gt,,a lot of rust in the doors and body, have all the parts i can get at rare spares in bayswater melb, we hope to finish the car by sept this year as it has been nearly 3 years now, only decision is what colour?

    russel malowney of balwyn, melb aust. Posted on 18 February 2013 12:50pm
  • Absolutely Beautiful GT. I purchased a XY GS falcon in October 1977, Yellow Ochre, Cleveland 351, T-bar auto,9" diff. Aiming for 50 year ownership, 15 yrs. to go. Love it to death. Will never be sold, leased, borrowed, hired, etc. Still kicking myself today for not buying a GT.

    Pompeo DeAngelis of Adelaide Posted on 31 October 2012 12:04pm
  • That's my dream car, I'm a Kiwi living in the UK and am very lucky to have an XY Fairmont 302

    Scott Goodison of Surrey England Posted on 13 August 2012 7:37pm
  • OMG this is my dream car.... I've always wanted a XY, my cousin had a mint metallic purple 1 years ago an I've wanted 1 ever since, I don't know how u can bring yourself 2 part with it, who ever gets this car is very lucky.

    Jillz Palmer of Blenheim Posted on 01 July 2011 8:54pm
  • That is great about the charity thing but sad about giving the car away.Im only 13 and I love Falcon GT's especially the XY and XW because my father past on the Ford history to me and I hope to get a XY or XW someday.

    Jakab Stewart of Alice Springs Posted on 01 March 2011 11:40am
  • ive got a ute, the same colour with sim specs i love it!

    richard of w.a Posted on 23 May 2010 9:10pm
  • Wish I could afford it... Beautiful Aussie Classic Muscle.

    jason of melb Posted on 21 April 2010 5:20pm
  • What a truly generous spirited man Steve is! All the best to him in the future & may the winning auction bid get in the mid to high six figures. What a better place the world would be if there were more Steves around. I hope karma is kind to him.

    Robert L. of Turrella Posted on 20 April 2010 5:29pm
  • I reckon its worth more than $120,000

    kaygas of melbourne Posted on 19 April 2010 10:48pm
  • Nice thing to do Steve.

    Wazza of South Aust Posted on 14 April 2010 9:20pm
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