First FPV GT Cobra for Shannons auction

. July 17, 2008

The very first FPV GT Cobra sold to the public will go under the hammer at Shannons Sydney Winter Auction on Monday July 21, representing a unique opportunity for Ford enthusiasts and collectors.

The rare six-speed manual sedan is build number three of just 400 individually-numbered examples produced by FPV in 2007. It has just 37 delivery kilometres on its odometer and has never been registered or driven since.

The first two FPV GT Cobras built were retained by Ford as a dealer incentive and press vehicle respectively, with No.3 the first to be sold when the model went on sale late last year. The remainder of the limited edition models sold almost immediately, making the BF GT an instant classic.

Fitted with a 302kW 5.4-litre V8 with an upgraded engine management system, increased compression ratio, re-profiled camshafts, valves and a new exhaust, the FPV GT was launched last year with a choice of manual or automatic transmission – each with six forward ratios and a limited-slip diff as standard.

Upgraded R-spec suspension and unique 19-inch alloy wheels completed the package, while in the best Cobra tradition, all cars were finished in white with twin blue racing stripes along with Cobra snake badges on the boot, sides and seats.

Shannons are expecting the BF GT to sell in the $75-$90,000 range in line with the $92,000 paid for a similar unused 2007 FPV GT manual at this year’s Shannons Brisbane Motor Show auction in February.

Fans and collectors of older Falcon GTs are also excited by Shannons July 21 auction, with two highly-desirable examples from the early 1970s also on offer.

A 1970 XY GT finished in sought-after Vermillion Fire is expected to sell for similar money to the new BF GT despite their 27-year age difference.

This recently restored car comes with all the wanted XY GT features, including the correct five-slot wheels, trademark ‘Shaker’ bonnet scoop, twin black GT stripes, sunroof and period Superfringe radio.

Because of its realistic reserve, Shannons expect it to sell in the $80-$110,000 range, which would make it excellent buying considering that a similar Vermillion Fire XY GT sold at last year’s Melbourne Motor Show auction for $211,500.

An alternative for Ford collectors is the matching numbers Yellow Glo 1972 Falcon XA GT with 351-cid V8 and automatic transmission that has covered just 34,861 miles from new. Shannons expecting this very original, one-owner GT to sell in the $60-$90,000 range.

Auction info www.shannons.com.au

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