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Special edition Tickford Mustang pays homage to iconic Bathurst win

By David Bonnici, 05 Jul 2017 News

Tickford to release special edition Bathurst ’77 Special

Juiced up supercharged Mustang celebrates Allan Moffat and Colin Bond’s famous 1-2 victory at Bathurst

TICKFORD is partnering with motor-racing legend Allan Moffat to produce a special edition Mustang that commemorates the 40th anniversary of one of the most memorable moments in Australian motorsport.

The Tickford Bathurst ’77 Special is a limited edition Mustang GT that pays homage to the Ford Falcon XC Hardtops that Moffat and team-mate Colin Bond drove to a famous 1-2 in the 1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000.

Limited to 77 units, Tickford is yet to reveal whether the Mustang will gain a power hike over its existing 500kW/739Nm flagship, saying only that the Bathurst ’77 Special will “be fitted with a high-performance supercharger, significantly increasing the output of the Mustang’s 5.0-litre power plant.”

Externally, the Mustang sports a modern interpretation of the Moffat Ford Dealers coupes’ liveries and will be painted white and fitted with a full decal kit and replica rear wing. Gold-painted 20-inch alloys complete the visual overhaul.

Tickford CEO Tim Edwards says the famous Moffat/Bond 1-2 finish will be celebrated in many ways and the company is “privileged to be working with Allan Moffat to create a modern V8 hardtop that pays tribute to his famous winning machine”.

“Our mantra is Performance driven by passion and with the very special enhancements we are making to all the main areas of each Tickford Bathurst ’77 Special, this project has given us the chance to turn that into reality.”

Changes to the cabin include unique red and blue stitching on the seats, a different steering wheel and a numbered build plate fitted to the sill.

Moffat’s famous ’77 Bathurst victory could have been very different had Bond ignored his teammate’s demands to hold station. While Moffat crossed the line first after 163 laps, his car had been suffering braking issues and Bond was ordered to stay slightly behind to give Moffat the honours.