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8 November 2017

This XY GT barn find raises the question, resto or preserve?

By Ross Vasse
  • This genuine Falcon XY GT which was discovered sitting in an old shed for decades. This genuine Falcon XY GT which was discovered sitting in an old shed for decades.
  • The GT is now showing 48,000 miles on the clock, and looks more than a little worse for wear. The GT is now showing 48,000 miles on the clock, and looks more than a little worse for wear.
  • The GT sat in the shed for a few years until the tyres and battery both went flat. The GT sat in the shed for a few years until the tyres and battery both went flat.

Quite often the adventure of discovering a 'Barn Find' begins with a whisper, a whisper which turns into a rumour, and a rumour that becomes reality when the hunters of the classic car world take action in following up every lead, leaving no stone unturned.

Initially the whispers for this Barn Find were of a parked-up Ford XY, possibly a station wagon. It turns out that it wasn't a wagon, but instead this genuine Falcon XY GT which was discovered sitting in an old shed for decades.

Bought from an earthmoving contractor near Toowoomba in the early '80s by a Queensland farmer, he and his brother took it for one drive which scared the hell out of them. After this, the GT sat in the shed for a few years until the tyres and battery both went flat. Forever busy, the farmer never got around to doing anything with the GT.

  • It has some some classic '80s mods of the day including a sports steering wheel. It has some some classic '80s mods of the day including a sports steering wheel.
  • In need of a restoration, the plan is to let it sit until a decision is made what to do with the car. In need of a restoration, the plan is to let it sit until a decision is made what to do with the car.

The GT was sold to the earthmoving contractor in the late '70s by John Newell Prestige Cars in Sydney, who specialised in performance cars back in the day. Considered a bit of a 'hottie', it is equipped with a bigger carburetor, performance manifold, extractors, electric fuel pump, wider wheels and some classic '80s mods of the day including a centre roof aerial, glass moonroof, sports steering wheel, aftermarket air conditioning and a painted rear deck-lid spoiler. Included in the sale was a bad repaint.

This Falcon GT was built in April 1971 with the 351/4V Cleveland V8 and FMX automatic which had been converted to a 4-speed manual back in the '70s. The paint code (6) is the much desired Vermilion Fire with black trim although the trim has since been customised with a '70s 'Bocca' style pattern usually reserved for your grandmother's couch. The XY GT was one of 18 originally sold new by Finney Ford in Miranda, NSW and factory optioned with power steering, a laminated windscreen, dual racing mirrors and an 8-track stereo which appears long gone. According to the Australian Classic Car History Services it is just 1 of 1 made with the same build specifications.

This Falcon GT was built in April 1971 with the 351/4V Cleveland V8 and FMX automatic which had been converted to a 4-speed manual back in the '70s. This Falcon GT was built in April 1971 with the 351/4V Cleveland V8 and FMX automatic which had been converted to a 4-speed manual back in the '70s.

The GT is now showing 48,000 miles on the clock, and looks more than a little worse for wear. It hasn't been started for more than 25 years, although it had its tyres pumped up and moved to another shed. In need of a restoration, the plan is to let it sit until a decision is made what to do with the car. For the moment though, the GT is not for sale.

Source: Survivor Car Australia

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