Last Ford Falcon you can own sells for $81,500

New owner says the last road-legal Falcon built will go straight into storage.

Matt Jeffs Last Ford Falcon XR6 Sprint
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THE final road-registrable Ford Falcon has sold at auction for $81,500 – a relative bargain for what will live on as a significant slice of Australian history. 

The Ford FGX Falcon XR6 sedan sold on Saturday isn’t actually the final car to roll off the Broadmeadows production line - the true last car doesn’t have a Vehicle Identification Number and therefore can never be registered. However, both wear the same Kinetic blue hue. 

Final -ford -falcon -auctionManheim, the auction house behind Saturday’s historic sale that also included the last XR6 Sprint – number 500 of 500 – the last XR6 Turbo ute and the last road-registrable Ford Territory, had tipped that the XR6 would soar past $100,000, with total proceeds from the four auctions expected to raise more than $500,000. 

Instead, within half an hour, two real-world bidders had shown they had deeper pockets than rivals online to shell out a collective $353,000 for the cars, with Ford donating the proceeds to Broadmeadows- and Geelong-based community projects, including a robotics program for schools.

Final -ford -falcons -at -auctionThe prices paid are in stark contrast to a pair of FPV GT-F sedans sold by Ford in 2014, with the proceeds from those car going to breast cancer research. 

GT-F build number 001 sold for $157,600, while GT-F build number 500 – the final one, sold for $236,100, with a combined total of $393,700 

Ford -FG-GT-FBoth the $81,500 Falcon XR6, and the Ford Territory Titanium that sold on Saturday for $68,500, were bought by Melbourne-based Ford collector Mark Jeffs. The Falcon, Jeffs told Wheels, would go straight into storage. 

The XR6 Sprint that sold for $122,000, along with a Winter White XR6 Turbo Ute that sold for $81,000, both went to Sunbury Ford dealer John Bradbury. 

Final -ford -falcon -engineThe auction took place at an event called “Falcon: The Legacy Lives On” in Hanger Four at Avalon airport on the outskirts of Geelong. 

Ford offered 2000 tickets to the invitation-only event that included a static display of significant Falcon models. Attendees could also have a photo taken with some of the last 10 cars to roll off the Broadmeadows production line on October 7.

 

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