1972 Ford Ranchero GT – PRICE REDUCED!! Was originally $37,500 NOW $27,500 ONO.

I am offering for sale this fantastic example of a classic muscle car/ute. It is a one year only design 1972 Ford Ranchero GT. This is essentially the ute version of Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” in the film of the same name.

This Ranchero GT currently located in Western Australia and is fully registered as a LHD car until May 2016. The car is my own personal vehicle which I imported from the United States.

The collectability of this particular year and style of Ranchero in the US is reflected in the fact that few are offered for sale and, when they are, the prices being asked are increasing rapidly.

Please note that the WA personalised plates DO NOT come with the Ranchero

Photo of 1972 Ranchero

The Ranchero was launched from Dearborn, Michigan in 1957 as the American automotive industry’s first ever car/pick-up, two years before Chevrolet’s belated response of the ‘El Camino’!

Undeniably handsome and perfect for the small businessman in the service industry, the model evolved in the late sixties into a full force muscle machine!

Upsizing of the Ranchero continued into the seventies with the 1972 with the release of the “Torino” styled Ranchero. It was said to combine the best of both worlds; a beautiful and fast luxury muscle truck/car. To this day, many fans of the muscle car hold the 1972 model in high regards. To many, the 1972 GT packaged Ranchero was, and still is, the best Ford Ranchero ever made.

1972 Ranchero Grille Front view of 1972 Ranchero

This offering of the 1972 Ford Ranchero GT is an absolutely exceptional example of an original southern California, 3rd owner, always garaged, RUST FREE, and with no evidence of any accidents.

Details:

  • Exterior: The Ranchero was originally repainted with Dupont Imron Dark Blue Metallic & White in approximately 1994. However, I had it repainted in a Dark Metallic Blue and had matte white GT stripes added. While it is still extremely very presentable as is, there are again some minor scratches and imperfections in the paint, most of which could be buffed out if desired.
  • I ordered a custom made hard tonneau cover from Gaylords Lids in Santa Fe, California and had the optional “speed spur” wing added to the cover. The cover is fully lined and has drainage toughs fitted.
Hard tonneau cover with speed sup wing Side view of Ranchero with hard tonneau cover
  • There was a recessed power antenna installed in the body flare behind the driver door and the Ranchero has a custom tube grille fitted. I have, however, had the antenna and the door handles shaved. The doors are now opened with a remote “door popper”. All chrome and aluminium trim is original and has not been restored.
  • The Ranchero also has the US equivalent of a “Hayman Reece” tow bar fitted.
  • The bed is totally free of imperfections or fillers and has a “Line X” protective finish. I also had the battery re-located into the bed of the Ranchero.
Bed of Ranchero Battery relocated into bed of Ranchero
  • Interior: The interior features the GT Rally Cluster with tachometer and quartz clock, factory air-conditioning, interval wipers, power steering, and power front disc brakes. The pillar and window seals have been replaced. PLEASE NOTE – as the air-conditioning was required to be de-gassed and dismantled prior to entry into Australia, the air-conditioning is not currently operational and will need re-gassing and re-assembly.

GT Rally cluster

  • The seat and door panels are unmolested and in exceptional condition for the age of the Ranchero. There is one small scratch in the padded dash. The carpet is original, shows some wear, but is in overall good shape. The original seat belts and shoulder harnesses were replaced as part of the Western Australian registration and licensing requirements.
inside Ranchero LHS Inside Ranchero RHS
  • An iPod interface, power amplifier and speakers were added to the original working Factory AM/FM Stereo. In addition, and to avoid changing over the speedo to Km/h, I installed a HillSpeed Digital Speedometers from Bogaard Distributors.
GPS Speedo Speedo Box
  • I also have an electric window kit that I purchased from the US and is included in the price but is not yet installed.
  • Unlike Australian “utes”, the Ranchero was built using either a sedan or station wagon chassis.  The benefit of this is that behind the seats is, what would have been the foot-well of the rear passengers. In the Ranchero, the space behind the passenger is where the spare wheel and jack are located.  Behind the driver’s seat there is a great amount of storage space.

Rear behind driver's seat

  • Driveline: According to the person from whom I bought the Ranchero, the engine and transmission were professionally rebuilt at the high 90k miles mark (undocumented). The 351 “H” code 2 bl. carburettor engine is strong and responsive, with excellent oil pressure and no oil leaks or unusual noises. The 3-Speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission, which has a larger capacity oil cooler for added protection under heavy loads, shifts very smoothly through the gears.
  • Since 2007, the person from whom I bought the Ranchero had installed NEW brakes, NEW Alternator, New radiator and hoses, NEW A/C compressor, dryer and updated the remainder of the system. Also added for performance and efficiency was a PerTronix Polished Billet Distributor w/Flamethrower Coil. A 3.0:1 open differential and rear coil suspension with air shocks brings up the rear.
  • After I imported the Ranchero, I had the engine taken out and a new mild cam installed.  In addition a larger carburettor was installed.

The Ranchero purrs like a grumpy kitten at idle and roars like an angry lion when my foot is put down!

Orfginal engine

Original 351 with 2bbl

Engine Bay

Front end with engine removed

Rebuilt motor

Rebuilt motor

Since having the engine rebuilt I have had chrome rocker covers fitted, high capacity spark plug leads and a higher crank amp alternator fitted.

  • Wheels & Tires: “Vintage” American Racing Torq-Thrust D wheels are shod with P235/60 (front) and 255/60 R15 (rear) BFG Radial TA’s.
Wheel and tyre Rancheo with lid up

In addition, with the purchase of the Ranchero you will receive an Elite Marti Report for the car, 5 Workshop manuals, the original owners’ documentation and a coloured wiring diagram sourced from classiccarwiring.com.

Elite Marti report Workshop Manuals
original owners paperwork Wiring diagram

There are many more photographs of this beautiful vehicle as well as additional information which is available on request.

This amazing example of a 1972 Ford Ranchero is located in Western Australia. It is fully registered as a LHD vehicle and licensed until May 2016.

This is one great, classic daily driver and reliable muscle truck/car and it absolutely turns heads whenever and wherever I drive it!

The price shown does not include the costs of shipping or transporting the Ranchero to the new owner.

Until next time.
Michael

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TrueWest Imports is now very proudly supporting Cystic Fibrosis WA. Part proceeds of all sales will be donated to CFWA. I encourage anyone who views this post to kindly make a donation. I greatly appreciate any assistance you may be able to give.

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Cystic Fibrosis WA

Until next time. Michael

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730 HP Saleen “Black Label” is the Highest Powered production “Pony”

After leaving the performance car company he founded in 1984, Steve Saleen is back at the helm of Saleen, the company that bears his name.

Saleen became known in the 80s, 90s, and early part of this century for building some of the baddest Mustangs on the road and track. Saleen says that while he was back at the helm of the Company for a few years, he was waiting for the S550 Mustang to debut so that his company could do something big.

CLICK here for a 360 degree view of the 2015 Mustang

On 20 March 2015, during a special press event, Steve Saleen pulled the wraps off the all new Saleen ” Black Label“, a car about which there have been rumours for almost a year.

2015 Saleen "Black Label" 302 Mustang

This is more than just a re-badged and prettied up Mustang, the “Black Label” represents the culmination of Saleen’s 30-plus years of Mustang building and racing experience.

Since the company started building cars in 1984, our goal has always been to be at the pinnacle of late-model Mustang performance,” said Steve Saleen. “This will by far be the most refined and advanced Mustang we have built to date.”

The hood has been lowered nearly three inches “Its clearance to the supercharger is in millimetres, this really helped reduce the drag on the car”. The hood, which features a functional scoop for air intake, will be available in composite and stamped aluminium.

The 5.0-litre Coyote engine, with a Kenne-Bell twin-screw supercharger, results in the highest power output to date for a production S550, with 730 horsepower (544kW) and 600 lb-ft of torque (approx. 814Nm) on US 91-octane petrol (Australian 95 Octane). This now tops the 707 hp (527kW) Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

The Black Label S550 clearly out-handles any previous generation Saleen Mustang with its I.R.S. as a foundation. Fitted with Saleen S4 springs, shocks, sway-bars, and bushings, the car is going to be a real thrill for both street and open-track driving. Adding to the fun will be big 15-inch dimpled rotors and multi-piston brakes to further expand the performance envelope.

The Black Label uses 275/35R20 Pirelli tyres in the front and 275/40R20s in the rear to keep it firmly planted to the road. The Saleen 20-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels are available in several finishes.

Considerable time was also spent optimising lift over drag (L/D) by lengthening the front a full 1½ inches along with two inches in the rear to increase the air-foil, which thereby increases downforce for the whole car. A rear wing balances the downforce created by the front air splitter.

The interior is a mix of luxury and styling with black leather and suede seats accented in contrasting chevrons. A high contrast gauge cluster provides key vitals to the driver at a glance. Harking back to Saleen’s racing heritage is a leather wrapped steering wheel with controls for audio and a centre stack display between the gauges. Unique badging finishes off the interior that includes a dash plaque signifying year of manufacture and serial number of each vehicle.

A full set of Saleen 302 badging and graphics will also be included to complement any one of the standard or custom Saleen paint schemes available on all Saleen vehicles. To match the beauty and refinement of such a remarkable car, Saleen has developed a new paint coating with BASF to launch with this vehicle. California Sunset is a cross between a golden yellow and the hues of a setting sun to create a truly unique colour that changes with the light. .

Interior of 2015 Saleen Black Label Mustang

As with the rest of the Saleen lineup, the 2015 S302 Black Label will receive a Saleen serialization and unique Saleen VIN.

Each car is also hand signed by Steve Saleen, ensuring that it has gone through Saleen’s rigorous post-production quality control process.

It will surely be the greatest Ford-based Saleen product as well as one of the best high-performance Mustangs of all time.

Until next time.
Michael

p.s. since the introduction of the 2015 Saleen “Black Label” Mustang, other tuners and designers have developed their own versions of performance Mustangs. As an example Chip Foose and “Modern Muscle design” have developed a “one-off” 810 horsepower “blunderbuss

However, Saleen remains the only manufacturer of “production” modified 2015 Mustangs.

 

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Original 1963 Corvette TV Commercial

Hi everyone

Something a little different this time.

I thought you mind find this interesting. It is an original TV commercial for the 1963 Corvette.

Slightly different from the ads today…

Until next time.

Michael

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1978 Dodge “LIL’ RED EXPRESS” Truck – US$16.900

TrueWest Imports has been given the rare opportunity to offer for sale this 1978 Dodge Li’l Red Express Truck.

Dodge LIL RED Truck

Dodge released the Lil’ Red Express Truck In 1978 and it was one of the most unique Dodge trucks that had ever been produced. The Lil’ Red Express was not only a real looker but these trucks were also real performers. In 1978 The Dodge Lil’ Red Express was the fastest American made vehicle from 0 to 100 MPH as tested by “Car and Driver” magazine.

Dodge Lil Red Truck engine Side view Lil Red Express

The Li’l Red Express is instantly recognizable with its dual-exhaust system with chrome-plated vertical tailpipes mounted behind the cab, giving it that semi-truck look.

Other features include a small-block Dodge V-8 engine with four-barrel carburetor mated to an automatic transmission.

The truck is finished in Medium Canyon Red with a black interior. Gold accent striping and decals contribute to the distinctive look along with wood trim on the bed, alloy wheels, chrome plated side steps; power steering and brakes.

Rear of Lil Red Express TruckThe Li’l Red Express is truly a customized vehicle for the avid Dodge enthusiast and it came fully-equipped in this basic manner from the factory.

This represents the first of only two years of limited production for this model.

 

This truly is a Great and Unique Investment!

There are many more photographs of this beautiful vehicle available on request.

The price listed is in US$ but I can provide you with an all-inclusive “as landed” cost to have this uique pick-u[ truck imported to Fremantle or any other Port in Australia or New Zealand.

This vehicle is located in the US and the price shown does not include any applicable GST or the costs of Importing the vehicles into Australia. See out FAQ page for information relating to costs, taxes and regulation.

As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

Until next time. Michael

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Ph: 08 9472 6575
Fax: 08 9355 4465
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From NZ: +61 421 880 604

 

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1967 Mercury Cougar – US$15,000

TrueWest Imports proudly presents this quality extra nice first generation 1967 Mercury Cougar. These early Cougars are very stylish & sporty cars.

1967 Mercury Cougar

Mercury Cougar is a nameplate that was applied to a diverse series of automobiles sold by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company from 1967 to 2002.

The introduction of the Cougar in 1967 finally gave Mercury its own “pony car” and was named Motor Trend magazine “Car of the Year” in 1967.  Slotted between the Ford Mustang and the Ford Thunderbird, the Cougar would be the performance icon and eventually the icon for the Mercury name for several decades. The Cougar was available in two models (base and XR-7) and originally only came in one body style (a two-door hardtop).

As was the common practice within the Mercury division, the Cougar shared its basic underpinnings with a Ford counterpart. At the time of its introduction in 1967, it was based upon the Ford Mustang but with a 3-inch-longer (76 mm) wheelbase and new sheet metal. A full-width divided grille with hidden headlamps and vertical bars defined the front fascia— it was sometimes called the electric shaver grille. At the rear, a similar treatment saw the license plate surrounded on both sides with vertically slatted grille work concealing taillights (with sequential turn signals), a styling touch taken from the Thunderbird.

This was the only generation with covered headlights, which were deployed using a vacuum canister system that kept the doors down when a vacuum condition existed in the lines, provided by the engine when it was running. If a loss of vacuum occurred, the doors would retract up so that the headlights were visible if the system should fail.

 Details:

This car looks and sounds mean!

It is a numbers matching car with the stock 289 cu in (4.7 L) Windsor V8 (200hp/149 kW) and 2 barrel carburetter mated to the factory 3 speed automatic transmission.

It has power steering and factory air-conditioning (which does not blow cold – but since it will need de-gassing when it comes into Australia, that shouldn’t prove too much of a problem).

The Cougar is a 2 owner only car.  It was bought new by a lady and was driven until her death.  It was then put into storage by her family for many years.

The second owner brought it back to life and has been driving it now for several years. Since he has owned the Cougar, the second owner has given the car a very nice repaint, some mechanical work and new carpet.  The carburetter has been recently rebuilt and a new headliner and windshield fitted.

The original interior is in very nice condition and all body panels are straight.

The car comes with the original window sticker and 1st owner papers.

This is a very nice, unique and stylish driver quality car that will surely make you stand out from the “normal” crowd.

This vehicle is located in the US and the price shown does not include any applicable GST or the costs of importing the vehicles into Australia. See our FAQ page for information relating to costs, taxes and regulations.

The price listed is in US$ but I can provide you with an all-inclusive “as landed” cost (in Au$ or NZ$) to have this Cougar imported to Fremantle or any other Port in Australia or New Zealand.

As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

Until next time. Michael

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Mobile: 0421 880 604
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1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero – US$9,950

TrueWest Imports is pleased to offer for sale this classic 1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero – “More Than a Car! More Than a Truck!

1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero

This is not a 1960 Australian Ford XK ute. It is a Falcon Ranchero, the style which the Americans call a coupe-pickup.

1960 Ranchero Steering wheel 1960 Ranchero bed

Ford began offering the Ranchero in 1957, and at that point, it was a natural fit. It was based on the two-door Ranch Wagon and its solid-sided twin, the Courier sedan delivery (Panel van). At the time it made perfect sense to simply lop the back off the Courier and offer a car/truck for the farm or construction worker or the weekend warrior home improver. It was enough of a success that two years later, Chevrolet would offer the “El Camino”, its own blend of pickup utility and car ride quality.

The Ranchero was so popular that when Ford launched its Falcon line in 1960, one of the first body styles it offered was the downsized Falcon Ranchero, which superseded the larger full-size Ranchero of the previous generation. This was a stroke of genius. Consider the market in 1960; Facing an economic downturn, buyers were looking for thrifty, fuel-efficient cars and trucks.

A benefit that the Ranchero offers to owners, which is not available in Australian made utes, is that because it is based on a station wagon platform, there is a considerable amount of space behind the driver and passenger seats (which would have been the foot-well of the rear passengers in a station wagon).

Australia’s first Falcon ute and van range was launched in May 1961 which was about eight months after the XK sedan made its star-studded debut in September 1960 (the station wagon launch was delayed until November 1960).

Like the sedan and station wagon, the new ute and panel van shared a fresh and striking design based on the latest Ford Ranchero pickup (ute) and Sedan Delivery (van).

Even so, the Australian Falcon range differed noticeably from the US version, with a more compact and practical design tailored to suit tough Australian conditions.

The key difference was that the US Ranchero and Sedan Delivery used the longer doors of the two-door Falcon model, which in turn pushed more of the load floor behind the rear wheels to create greater overall length and more rear overhang.

The 1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero was more practical than its diminutive looks suggested. Its 800-pound payload was 100 pounds more than that of the much larger Chevrolet El Camino

Details:

This particular example of the 1960 Ranchero has been lovingly cared for by its current Owners for the last 18 years.  It is believed that the odometer is correct and shows the Ranchero as having travelled a mere 63,300 miles (approx. 102,000km) in almost 55 years.

This is a numbers matching vehicle with all original sheet metal.  It was mechanically and cosmetically refreshed in 2003 with new red paint professionally applied and all bright trim work removed. The Ranchero has travelled only 900 miles since the mechanical work was done.

The mechanical work included overhauling and/or replacing the radiator, oil pump, engine, spark plugs, oil pressure switch, thermostat, condenser, distributor cap, distributor rotor, spark plug wire set, new water pump and fuel filter pump, rebuild the carburettor, fuel sending unit and clean, repair and re-line the fuel tank.

The interior was redone in a grey fabric and is very clean with no visible blemishes but there are two control knobs missing on the temperature control unit.

The Ranchero is powered by the stock “Thrift Power” inline 6 cylinder 144 cu. in. (2.4L) engine (90hp) mated to a three-speed, column shifted manual transmission –  “3 on the tree”.

The vehicle has all service logs and its VIN is: OR275195292

(0) 1960
(R) San Jose
(27) Falcon Ranchero
(5) 6-cyl low compression,
6th to 11th digits – Sequential production number

This vehicle will certainly have people doing a “double take” and is really a classic vehicle at an amazingly great price.

This vehicle is located in the US and the price shown does not include any applicable GST or the costs of Importing the vehicles into Australia. See our FAQ page for information relating to costs, taxes and regulations.

The price listed is in US$ but I can provide you with an all-inclusive “as landed” cost (in Au$ or NZ$) to have this Ranchero imported to Fremantle or any other Port in Australia or New Zealand.

As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

Until next time. Michael

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Mobile: 0421 880 604
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Frame Up Restoration vs Frame Off Restoration

Very shortly on our site, there will be “Coming Soon” sliders of the vehicles we have planned to list in our Inventory.  The reason they are “coming soon” rather than being listed may be that we are still negotiating with the Seller for the best sale price or the vehicle may not be quite ready for sale.

One of the vehicles we have coming is a 1963 1/2 Ford Falcon Sprint 2 door Hardtop which has recently undergone a “Frame-up Restoration”.

When it comes to classic car restorations, many people are uncertain about the difference between a true Frame-up Restoration versus a Frame-off Restoration.

For this reason I thought I would provide a brief description of the differences between a Frame-up Restoration and a Frame-off Restoration.

Frame-up Restorations are exactly that – from the frame up. In a true frame up restoration, the restorer will complete re-work the body, paint, motor, interior and trunk. Only those parts on the frame needing replacement will be done. For instance, replacing a section of broken or damaged brake line instead of the entire system.

With Frame-off Restorations the entire car is rebuilt or replaced. The entire body will be removed from the car and the frame will be inspected entirely and all parts will be replaced and/or repainted. Just one look under the car and you will easily be able to tell a frame off restoration. Everything on these cars will look new and will be freshly painted or powder coated. These cars also require extensive care and cleaning and are generally driven rarely due to the expense associated with frame off restorations.

Classic car restorations vary greatly depending upon the time and budget of the owner. Frame-up Restorations will give you a nice looking car without the expense off completely removing the body to restore or replace those areas seldom seen by the general audience.

Frame-up & Frame-off Restorations – Buyer Beware

If you are looking to purchase a classic car, it is important for you to know what you are looking at before you buy. A good body shop or body man can make body filler look good. The car’s body will appear straight and smooth. Paint will look good, but only where you can see it.

Areas that you will want to inspect before making your purchase are the gaskets, plugs and below the exhaust manifolds, the boot and undercarriage. If the boot or undercarriage has a thick undercoating, turn and walk the other way. This is a good indication that there is likely to be trouble below the surface.  When looking to purchase a classic car, do your due diligence. Just because they are shiny and make a nice rumbling sound doesn’t mean they are restored or even safe.

You can view a photo montage of a Frame-up Restoration of a rare 1963 Corvette split-window, including rebuilding the frame, body work, and assembly HERE

As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

I acknowledge Texas Classic Cars for the contents of this post.

Until next time. Michael

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Anyone need a vehicle transported to Sydney or Brisbane?

Hi Everyone.

The shipping company we use has a truck that left Sydney for Perth on Saturday 15 November 2014, and is looking for 2 small sedans or a larger car, machine or 20’ container load to return to Sydney or Brisbane – payload 8 tonne.

They can also tow a boat or caravan or any trailer as well.

Rather than having the truck return empty, they are looking at trying to recoup some petrol money on the return trip. The transit will be a direct 3-4 days and they are looking at leaving Perth approx. Wednesday 19 November.

If anyone is looking for transportation to Sydney or Brisbane, please let me know and I will put you in contact with the company.

If you know of anyone who may also be interested, please let me know as well.

As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.

Cystic Fibrosis WA

Until next time. Michael

email: truewestimports@gmail.com
Office: 08 9459 4800
From NZ: +61 8 9459 4800
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A Warning to Sellers of Cloned Muscle Cars

In the Hemmings Daily Blog a post was published warning Sellers of Cloned Muscle Cars of the consequences of not disclosing the fact that the car they are selling is a “clone” as opposed to the “real thing“.

Although the post is dated 2012, with the demise of production in Australia by General Motors and Ford, it is a very timely warning to potential Buyers of Australian Muscle Cars and to those unscrupulous sellers of cloned or re-birthed classic vehicles.

1969 Ford Falcon XW GT sedan

1969 Ford Falcon XW GT, not the car in question.

In 2011, Judge Clive Wall Q.C. in the District Court of Queensland, ordered Joanne and Geoff De Rome to pay Au$108,394.04, plus costs, to Daniel Sammut, a Sydney-based graphic designer who bought (what was advertised as) a 1969 Ford Falcon XW GT from Mr and Mrs De Rome. Mr Sammut, who apparently was unable to sell the Falcon or bought it back when it was revealed to be a fake, held on to the car and sued the De Romes for breach of contract,

According to the judgement, the De Romes had purchased the car in July 2006 for Au$18,000. In September/October 2007 they advertised it for sale as a matching numbers all-original Falcon XW GT for Au$143,000.

On 1 October 2007, Mr Sammut, who wanted to purchase a genuine 1969 GT XW Ford Falcon, called Mrs De Rome and asked her, “Is it the real thing? Is it a genuine GT?” She said, “Yes, it is.” He asked her if the numbers were matching. She said, “Yes.
He then asked for further details and Mrs De Rome sent him an email on the same day containing detail of the vehicle.

Mr Sammut checked with the Ford Motor Company at Broadmeadows and confirmed the numbers. He also made a finance check and confirmed that there was no money owing to
anyone on the vehicle.

Mr Sammut flew to inspect the Falcon in person (twice; the second time with a friend who was a panel beater to inspect the car for rust), and again checked the Falcon’s VIN against Ford Australia’s records to make sure it was a legitimate car. Once the VIN was confirmed, he negotiated a sale price of Au$90,000 with the De Romes and had the car towed back to Sydney.

In 2009, when Mr Sammut attempted to sell the car, it came to light that the Falcon was not a genuine GT XW 1969 Ford Falcon. According to evidence given by an expert witness the engine number was genuine but had been put on the vehicle. The number didn’t belong to the vehicle. The VIN also did not belong to the vehicle.

According to another expert witness, X-ray examination of the firewall showed that the area around the VIN tag had been cut and welded back together. The evidence was that the vehicle has been re-birthed from a 1970 model XY Falcon, with numbers obtained from a 1969 XW GT vehicle.

The worth of such a vehicle, at the time, was about one-seventh of the value of a genuine vehicle. According to the expert witnesses, which testimony was accepted by the Judge, a non-GT Falcon XW was worth between Au$10,000 and Au$15,000, compared to the then current value of a Falcon XW GT, about Au$65,000 to Au$70,000.

Current prices being asked for genuine Falcon XW GTs apear to be between Au$40,000 to Au$85,000.  GTHOs are priced in the stratosphere and standard XW Falcon 500s are being sold for around Au$20,000, with Utes priced less and Fairmonts more.

The Judge determined that it was likely that the De Romes didn’t know the car was a clone. But they were still held liable.

The De Romes then appealed and the case was set to be heard in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane, however, there was only 30 seconds of action before the appeal was withdrawn and dismissed and everyone left.

This case was one of, if not, the first involving the sale of cloned or re-birthed vehicles. The incidences of this practice can only be expected to increase, so the lesson to be learned to potential buyers of vehicles advertised as “Genuine“, “Authentic” or “Numbers Matching” muscle cars or classic cars, is BE VERY CAREFUL.

As I recommend with the purchase of ANY used vehicle, ALWAYS have a professional Pre-purchase inspection done on the car before giving the Seller any money. If the seller doesn’t want, or allow, you to have such an inspection, I would suggest simply walking away and not looking back, even if the Seller offers you a discount for buying without the inspection!

As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.

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Until next time. Michael

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