By Simon Telford | Street Machine | Saturday 20th October 2018
PHASE IV Falcons come up for sale with less regularity than a Halley's Comet visit, so tonight's auction of
Paul Carthew's example has been the subject of intense speculation. While there was talk that that the car
might fetch as much as $3 million, it went for $2 million plus buyer's premium. It is one of four Phase IVs
built and one of only three to survive.
By Simon Thomsen | Business Insider | Monday 22nd October 2018
The rarest Ford Falcon ever made in Australia, a 1972 V8 GTHO Phase IV – just one of only four produced and
only three survive – has smashed auction records on the weekend when it sold for $2 million ($2.15m inc. buyer’s
premium). While there were suggestions the car could go for as much as $3 million, the winning bid was just
$100,000 off the record price paid for Brock’s HDT VH Commodore, which won back-to-back Bathurst 1000 races
in 1982 and 1983. It became the most expensive Australian-made car ever sold when an anonymous buyer paid
$2,257,500 (inc. BP) for it earlier this month.
The GTHO Phase IV was built as part of Ford’s plan for supremacy on Mt Panorama the year after Allan Moffat won
the ’71 race in a Phase III. Just one road car and three Phase VI prototype race cars, designed for Moffat and
co-driver Fred Gibson, were built. But the car met its sudden demise in what became known as the “supercar scare”
when it appeared on the front page of a Sunday paper under the headline “160mph ‘Super Cars’ Soon” and the then NSW
transport minister called them “bullets on wheels”. Ford abandoned plans for the Phase VI. Saturday’s auction was
the first time a Phase IV had come onto the market, and it was in original condition. Expectations were high in the
wake of the Brock sale and a Falcon Phase III once owned by fast bowler Jeff Thomson sold in June for more than $1 million.
Lloyds Auctions marketing officer Brett Mudie said he wasn’t surprised by the price, even if it fell short of
expectations. “We were expecting it to smash the last record quite easily, with bidding already at $1.5 million
3 days before the auction. The Phase IV’s limited number, immaculate condition, celebrity affiliation, along with
its chrome bumper all contributed to the car selling at this price and will underpin its value into the future,” he
By Tung Nguyen | GoAuto | Monday 22nd October 2018
A FORD Falcon GT-HO Phase IV - one of only four ever built and three to survive - has sold at auction over the weekend
for a record-setting $2m, making it the most expensive Australian-built Blue Oval model to go under the hammer. Sold
at Lloyds Auctions Australia on the Gold Coast, the ultra-rare 1972 model was tipped to sell for $3m last week, but
only managed the $2m figure - slightly less than the $2.1 million haul recorded earlier this month for a 1982 Holden
Dealer Team VH Commodore racecar piloted by Peter Brock to two wins at Bathurst.
The Ford Falcon, meanwhile, also carries a bit of Australian history as one of only a handful of the XA GT-HO Phase IVs built
before the “supercar scare” of the early 1970s that saw production end. Of the four Phase IVs made, one was a road-going version
finished in Calypso Green, while the three remaining race-prepped cars were painted Brambles Red and were driven by the likes
of Allan Moffat and Fred Gibson. Lloyds Auctions chief marketing officers Brett Mudie said Australia’s classic car scene is
quickly becoming an investment hotbed, yielding stronger growth than even houses. “This was a fantastic result for the classic
car market which is growing from strength to strength,” he said. “The anonymous Australian buyer is extremely excited about
owning a piece of iconic Australian history."
By Sam Charlwood | Motoring | Monday 22nd October 2018
An ultra-rare Ford Falcon GTHO Phase IV has broken the record for an Australian-built Ford, fetching $2 million
at auction. Tagged the most desirable Falcon ever, the concourse orange example is one of three Ford Falcon GT-HO
Phase IVs produced. It sold to a mystery buyer during a Lloyds Auction at the weekend. While the XA GT-HO fell short
of pre-auction predictions, and shy of the $2.1 million garnered for a two-time Bathurst 1000-winning VH Commodore
earlier this month. “This was a fantastic result for the classic car market which is growing from strength to strength.
The anonymous Australian buyer is extremely excited about owning a piece of iconic Australian history,” said Brett Mudie, chief
marketing officer at Lloyds.
Developed for Bathurst racing duties, just four XA GTHO Falcons were built in Ford’s "Lot 6" Special Vehicles unit
before a media-driven ‘Super Car Scare’ forced Ford to abandon the motorsport program. Fittingly, it was Bathurst winner
Allan Moffat who dropped the hammer to seal the deal for the Falcon’s new custodian. “It didn’t surprise me that the car
sold for this amount,” Mudie said. “We were expecting it to smash the last record quite easily, with bidding already at
$1.5 million three days before the auction. “The Phase IV’s limited number, immaculate condition, celebrity affiliation
(with links to Fred Gibson and Allan Moffat) along with its chrome bumper all contributed to the car selling at this price
and will underpin its value into the future.”