Ford’s Falcon XR6 Turbo is undoubtedly one of Australia’s, and MOTOR’s, favourite modern classics.
Described to have been like no other six-cylinder Falcon before it thanks to Ford’s venerated Barra 4.0-litre turbo inline-six engine debuting in its nose, it unsurprisingly sold in droves and found warm welcome in the Aussie aftermarket scene.
This success only makes this example which surfaced on carsales.com.au’s classifieds all the more astonishing. Built in 2003, the XR6 Turbo’s first full production year, it only shows 4560km on its odometer.
Add that it’s finished in Blueprint, the hero hue was used in Ford’s period press shots, and packs a five-speed manual transmission, then you suddenly have a choice example of Australian performance car history. And there’s not a blow-off valve in sight.
“Everything is original on it,” owner Aaron from Moree in NSW tells us. He’s the second owner, and only got a hold of this one after his family friend decided it had spent enough time locked up in a shed.
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With a heavily modified XR6 Turbo already in his garage, Aaron knew that he had to get a hold of it. And being close to the first owner means it’s had a carefully tracked history.
“It originally came from Inverell’s Ford Dealership called Barry’s Motors,” he says, “it’s still got the paper floor mats the dealerships send it over with. Every rego paper from new. Every fuel receipt that’s ever been in it.”
Aaron’s held on to it for a few years, only driving it every other weekend down the road and then keeping it in safe storage. He reckons only 1000km are his and it’s never been on a wet road. We believe him after seeing the pictures of its underside.
Aaron’s had a few offers but nothing close to the advertised $26,000 price. Back in its day Ford asked $44,640 for a manual BA XR6 Turbo when new. But he’s not phased, “we’re not in any rush to get rid of it. There’ll be some unique person out there that will want it.”
You don’t have to be too unique to appreciate such a vehicle.