It was the 1400-unit grand finale that lured in brand loyalists and investors alike, but almost two years after Ford Australia closed its local manufacturing it seems the final fast Falcon XR6 Sprint and Falcon XR8 Sprint have also dropped in price equally as fast.
This week a dark grey, 4.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder Falcon XR6 Sprint with 25,300km on the clock sold at a West Australian Pickles used car auction for $48,000 – dropping $10,000-plus in two years. The 550 units of six-speed automatic-only XR6 Sprint were priced from $54,990 plus on-road costs, but, according to Ford’s online configurator, they cost around $200 either side of $60K driveaway depending where the vehicle was purchased in.
Even with $1000 for train delivery to the east coast, and $1000 for re-registration, this 325kW/575Nm rear-wheel driver has dropped by a five-figure sum since it left the factory. It should also be noted that this example was described as in immaculate condition, too.
This week’s auction therefore calls into question what other XR6 Sprint (and also XR8 Sprint) owners are asking for their mostly well-used models. At the time of publication, almost 50 examples were online for sale, none of which were advertised for less than $50K and several of which had more than the auctioned vehicle’s number of kilometres showing.
The first 10 most affordable examples were all XR6 Sprint models, with between 5000km (for $59,990) and 36,679km (for $54,515). An undriven XR6 Sprint asks at least $62,000 while no fewer than six sellers are asking between that figure and $90,000 for their sixes.
Of course the XR8 Sprint, with its 345kW/575Nm 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine plus six-speed manual and auto availability, retailed from a higher $59,990 and $62,190 plus on-road costs respectively; so it would make sense that these are the pricier of the XRs now.
Indeed, according to online classifieds, the cheapest XR8 Sprint is $59,900 for an auto with 31,600km showing; or another auto for $59,950 but with just 1300km on the clock. The cheapest undriven model, a white manual, wants for $64,000 – while, this time, a total of 20 hopeful sellers are asking coin between that figure and an extraordinary $95,000 (!) all told.
What is that Darryl Kerrigan line from The Castle again?