The XA model first introduced in (1972-1973), a totally new design, was the first Falcon completely designed and built in Australia , designers had the opportunity of designing a (pillar-less variant) and a more ‘Australianised’ car. The result was a bulky coke bottle design, sleek in appearance featuring a bigger body, roomy interior and the feel of a fighter pilot cockpit (dashboard), available with a wider choice of engines and a longer list of options on offer. During the time of the XA build, Ford had already closed down its Falcon(XA) GT HO Phase IV program in the wake of the ‘supercar scare’ in 1972. with enough parts left over from the homologated Phase IV model, Ford created a special batch of XA GT’s called (RPO83) Regular Production Option with a total build number of 250 (120 hardtops and 130 sedans), all were virtually unique which featured a bigger 780 cfm carburettor, extractors, a long-range fuel tank and a baffled sump, some extra components such as long shaft top loader gearbox and a Detroit locker nodular iron 9″ diff were also added to the list but not necessarily documented on the build sheet and quietly sold them off without making a fuss and taking away the spotlight of its predecessor as they were destine to top sales with public demand and popularity, they have become arguably as collectible as the XY GT HO Phase3
In fact, the XA model arguably the boldest design of any Falcon model to date this is about true-blue Australian muscle car majesty, with the XA model claiming Bathurst podiums 2 years in a row and being the only Ford model to do so of the 70’s makes this a special model to acquire and add to any collection as it is sure to appreciate in value by leaps & bounds in the future. With recent headlines in Australia, emerging of the classic car sector being the new money-maker, of vintage classic’s hidden away in garages, sheds and overgrown paddocks across the country, value of these classic and historic homegrown vehicles are steadily accruing in Australia and around the world.
THE BUCK STOPS HERE
If your in the market for a XA GT RPO hardtop then look no further, this UNRESTORED example has been treasured by all previous & current 4th owner. A MULTI AWARD WINNER at numerous GT national events (unrestored class) has a superb reputation throughout Australia, also on the front cover of UNIQUE CARS MAGAZINE issue #430. Originally sold by BALDWIN FORD Brookvale NSW to a well known drag racer Des Leonard of the late 60’s-mid70’s, then branching out to his own LEONARD EXHAUST workshops across NSW. With his passion for cars he certainly ticked a few extra boxes on this GT special a HO in disguise, front & rear spoilers, bathurst globe wheels and a long shaft top loader gearbox. This 8/1973 built unmolested RPO presented in Yellow Glo / Saddle interior is a 351 Cleveland V8 matching number with its mated 4speed manual long shaft top loader gear box and 9′ diff, this original and well preserved classic still retains all its original goodies from its stunning DAY ONE interior right through to its original carpet & floor matts, with an engine bay to drool for its originality starting from the, carburettor, 4dot 4V heads, alternator, extractors also comes with Motorcraft battery all its original decals , stamps of quality control still visible throughout the vehicle, even its complete undercarriage including shocks, springs, ball joints, tyre rod ends and with a total rust free body ridding on original Good Year Grand Rally tyres including the spare wheel and the original pristine boot matt. Showing 68,700 miles on the odometer comes with all its original log books, manuals Ford verification certificates and Ford delivery sheet.
This rare and legendary collectible last homologation special is a true fast appreciating Aussie classic and wont last long, with recent sales of hardtops fetching $300,000 for total wrecks and sedans reaching $250,000, this UNRESTORED SPECIMEN known as the REFRENCE CAR throughout the muscle car scene, is obviously a no brainer if you are in the market for a XA GT RPO, value for money at the asking price and certainly one for the devoted Ford Collector. A must see to appreciate this show stopper and ready for the next owner to enjoy those nostalgic drives. Now available to view in our Kogarah facility.