While Holdens have been a focus of Grays latest major classic car auction, there are plenty of desirable Fords in the timed online auction, too, including this genuine XC Falcon Cobra hardtop.
The unit on offer is #206 from the 400 XC Cobras produced, with a 4.9-litre (302ci) V8 and 4-speed manual transmission from the factory. The car still wears that combination today, despite the ‘5.8’ identification on the front guards and air cleaner cover.
Other features authentic to #206 when it was sold in 1978 include the white body with twin blue stripes, black cloth seats with a blue centre stripe and individual build number on the glovebox lid.
This Cobra was previously auctioned in 2013. It featured factory air conditioning, but deviations from factory spec back then included relocating the battery to the boot, along with the addition of braided oil lines, non-standard valve covers and a non-standard air cleaner. The car was passed in at that auction after failing to make its reserve.
As consigned for the current Grays auction, Cobra #206 no longer has the factory air conditioning, the battery has been returned to the factory position, there’s a standard air cleaner and regular fuel and oil lines have been fitted to give a more conventional look to the engine bay.
A set of 15-inch Hotwire alloys have been fitted and are wider front and rear than the standard 7-inch factory Bathurst Globe wheels – 8.0-inch front, 11.0-inch rear - wrapped in BF Goodrich radial tyres.
Described as coming from long-term ownership, photos presented with the listing show that this Cobra has had repairs made to the sills, there’s a new vinyl boot mat (previously carpeted) and the bumpers have been repainted.
On non-transferable Victorian club registration, the sale will include ‘XC 206’ full Vic registration plates, along with an owner’s manual, repair manual and XC Cobra-related collectables.
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