2018 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction
Lot
78

1975 Ford XB Falcon 'Group C' Coupe Racecar

$400,000 - $480,000

Specifications

Engine 5.8 litre V8
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Engine No. D2AE-CA
Chassis No. JG66RY13182K
Body Work Coupe
Colour Blue/white
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Discs
Brakes Discs

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Description

The XB GT represents the end of an era and is the final chapter in the legendary Ford GT story. Launched in September 1973, the XB range was restyled with a new split grille, one-piece tail lights and some significant mechanical improvements such as the option of four-wheel disc brakes. Having continued the GT lineage with the previous XA, Ford again offered a high-performance version of the new XB, moving away from the fire-breathing XR-XY GTs and pitched instead as a more refined GT for the mature executive. Powered by the 351-cid V8 with a four-barrel carburettor and developing 300 bhp at 5400 rpm, the XB GT certainly wasn't lacking in grunt and could still turn the quarter mile in 15.8 seconds on its way to a theoretical top speed of 200 km/h. With a choice of four-speed Toploader or three-speed F.M.X automatic transmissions, the XB GT had a limited-slip differential as standard. The XB GT was again sold in either sedan or hardtop guise with blacked-out bonnet, grille and rear panels plus GT badges and luxurious interior. One area the XB GT was improved over its predecessor was the optional four-wheel disc brakes and the press generally sang the praises of the new model - Sports Car World headlined the car as "Ford refines the stormer". In total there were 1950 sedans and 949 hardtop XB GTs built before production ceased in June 1976 and - like all Ford GTs - prices have shown rapid growth in recent years, making these cars an asset that's also great fun to drive.
 

History

Genuine John Goss Ford Falcon XB GT racer
Special Order XB GT Number 13182 bodyshell, walked down the production line at Ford for racing
Complete, car restored to 1975 livery
Letter of authentication from John Goss
Out of the Warrnambool Motor Museum
 
Built new in 1975 to the Group C Australian Touring Car regulations by John Goss’s team to defend its Bathurst title of 12 months earlier, this racer debuted at Mt Panorama in the hands of Goss and co-driver Kevin Bartlett but lasted only a handful of laps before the engine failed. It ran the Surfers Paradise and Phillip Island endurance races that year before Goss stood down for the 1976 Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) season, though he did loan the car to Allan Moffat for a couple of races when his own XB Falcon coupe was destroyed in a transporter fire on the way to the Adelaide race. It helped Moffat claim the second of his four ATCC crowns. Goss partnered with Jim Richards for the 1976 endurance races, leading the Sandown 500, retiring from Bathurst with clutch issues and then doing the Adelaide and Surfers Paradise races. In 1977 the car did a few ATCC rounds, then was converted to XC-specifications for Sir Jack Brabham to drive at Sandown and Bathurst, sharing with son Geoff. Goss raced it again in 1978, its last race in his hands being the Rothmans 500 endurance race at Oran Park. More recently this historic Australian racer has been thoroughly restored to its original Bathurst 1975 specification by the man who built it in the first place, Grant O’Neill, with much input and advice from John Goss. Original parts and specifications have been used throughout, wherever possible. In recent years Goss has driven this car on numerous demonstrations and has provided a letter authenticating its history. From display at the Warrnambool Motor Museum, this genuine Ford XB racer is in superb condition throughout, even down to painted signwriting rather than stickers. The XB also comes with a copy of the Application for vehicle CAMS Log Book dated 18/09/1975. This very important piece of Australian racing history will be offered for sale unregistered.
 
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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