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Meet the man who paid $236,100 for the last Ford Falcon GT


The last Ford Falcon GT will be even more special than the winning bidder had ever imagined.

The man who paid $236,100 for the last Ford Falcon GT ever to be made -- handing over three times more than the recommended retail price -- has dismissed critics who claim he paid too much.

It turns out the final Ford Falcon GT will be even more collectible than first thought as it will be made in a unique, one-off colour and will be the last of the current generation "FG" Falcon series to roll off the Broadmeadows production line.

Within hours of winning the online auction last week, held to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Steve Clarke was offered an extra $100,000 to sell the car to another collector.

But Clarke, who co-owns a national security firm based in Melbourne, isn't letting go of the car he believes will be one of the most collectible once the local industry closes forever.

Clarke now faces a nervous wait for his new pride and joy because Ford will build it to order, in a unique colour of his choosing which, for now, is still a secret.

Car 500 of 500 Falcon GT-F sedans made for Australia won't roll off the production line until November, and every worker involved in building it will be part of a special farewell for the end of the GT Falcon era.

Clarke has also been given an unprecedented invitation by Ford to walk the production line as his car is getting built; workers at each station will be given a photo of them building the car to commemorate the occasion.

Unlike many collector classics that get locked away, Clarke says he is going to drive the final Ford Falcon GT and it will appear at car shows, so fans can enjoy it as well.

"It won't be a daily driver but it's absolutely not going to be locked away," Clarke told Carsguide after his meeting with Ford to finalise the details of his car.

"I can't say too much, but it will be special. It's going to be a one-off colour and there will be a symbol for the National Breast Cancer Foundation on the car as well."

Clarke owned his first Ford when he was 20 before he upgrading to a restored XT GT, which he bought and sold 10 years ago.

However, Clarke describes himself as a car enthusiast rather than a Ford fanatic. He previously owned a current generation Nissan GT-R, and now uses a Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series as his daily driver.

Clarke said he was prepared to go up to $250,000 to secure the final Falcon GT and the last 40 seconds of the bidding process was "the most nervous I've ever been in my life".

He has no idea who he was bidding against but he did reveal that the auction organisers were contacted by a mystery buyer wanting to offer $100,000 more than what Clarke paid for it.

But he said he wasn't interested. He also defended the price he paid. "Some people think I'm mad but, at the end of the day, the money went to a good cause, and there will only ever be one last Ford Falcon GT."

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