Raced by Goss, Moffat, Bartlett, Richards, Brabham, all the big names!
STORY: AARON NOONAN
IMAGES: AUTOPICS, SHANNONS
A CLASSIC Bathurst Falcon race car packed with history is the headline attraction for the Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction to be held on Monday July 16.
The 1975 Ford Falcon XB GT is a storied muscle car in Australian motorsport history from a classic era and the one coming under the hammer at Shannons is packed with plenty of amazing stories.
The guiding range for the car is $400,000 to $480,000.
Built and raced by John Goss and his team, the mighty V8 Hardtop has been restored to its 1975 Bathurst 1000 livery as raced in that year’s Mount Panorama classic by 1974 race winners Goss and Kevin Bartlett.
The very same car also helped Allan Moffat claim the 1976 Australian Touring Car Championship, Goss graciously offering Moffat use of the car after his own Falcon was burnt to the ground in a transporter fire heading to the Adelaide round of that year’s championship.
Moffat went on to win both races at the Adelaide International Raceway round in Goss’ car and then ran home second at Lakeside, the points crucial in helping him seal his second Australian Touring Car Championship crown.
Goss and Jim Richards raced the car at Bathurst in 1976 before it was upgraded from XB GT to XC specification for the ’77 race and driven by Jack Brabham and son Geoff.
The restoration of this important piece of Australian muscle car history was completed in 2005 and it’s now being offered as part of the Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction next month.
Here’s a closer look at the history of this car …