Hidden under some tarps in a garage in Perth, Australia, and seemingly lost for three decades, this 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III certainly qualifies as the holy grail of barn finds, specifically because it’s one of just a little over 100 examples still in existence.
And the classic Ford is ready to hit the auction block in just a few weeks, where it’s expected to make its owner very proud – owing to its connections to the iconic Bathurst 1000 race, as well as good condition overall, with less than 70,000 original miles (112,654) on the odometer. Pickles Auction, the venue pitching it on the block at the end of the month, says it’s one of just 100 examples surviving the original production of 300 units. The sedan was designed and engineered with racing at the backbone, with the top five positions snatched during the 1971 Bathurst 1000, as well as a brief stint as the world’s fastest sedan.
This particular Falcon retains the original 5.8-liter Cleveland V8 engine packing 370 horsepower (275 kilowatts) when new – the unit has a mere 66,626 original miles (107,224 kilometers), one of 13 examples painted in the unique Nugget Gold finish, and has been owned just once since new. On October 28, 2017, the Falcon is estimated to fetch as much as $500,000 AUD (approx. $395,000 USD) – next to the consigner’s Lamborghini Miura and Porsche 959.