MOFFAT’S GTHO BOOK RAISES FIVE-FIGURE SUM IN CHARITY AUCTION

Allan Moffat with his #1 copy of The 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase III Register which has been sold for $16,000 to help raise awareness for dementia. Photo: Supplied

ALLAN Moffat’s very own copy of The 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase III Register book has raised $16,000 for dementia research and awareness.

Book #1 was donated by the four-time Bathurst 1000 winner for auction to raise money for Dementia Australia, well and truly surpassing the pre-auction estimate of $10,000 set by Shannons.

In line with the famous Falcon road and race car, only 300 of the Phase III Register were produced and individually numbered.

“This book has been a labour of love, and it’s endearing to know the auction proceeds from the first copy are being donated to help raise awareness to a good cause,” author and GTHO historian Ross Vasse said.

The GTHO Phase III Register book features the 50-plus year history of the GTHO Phase III, including never-before-seen period photographs, complete factory production lists, detailed documentation on each of the 300 cars built in 1971 and is colloquially known as the ‘GTHO Bible’.

The Phase III dominated the 1971 Bathurst 500 with Moffat leading an all-Ford GTHO podium.

Moffat and his #65 XY GTHO Phase III led an all GTHO podium in the 1971 Bathurst 500. Photo: Supplied

GTHOs also filled positions five and six in that race sending a statement to Australia and the world that these race bred machines were indeed the fastest four-door sedans in the world.

The story of each Phase III built features in the book, including how many are left, how many were stolen, how many were crashed or written-off, how many were raced and how many are still missing in action.

Also included are which Ford dealerships sold which GTHO Phase III, unusual build anomalies and one-offs, decades of value trends and first-hand ‘memory lane’ accounts from original owners.

Jordan Treloar is an emerging motorsport reporter who graduated from Charles Sturt University with first class Honours in his Bachelor of Exercise Science (Honours) degree. He has interned at The Western Advocate and joined the V8 Sleuth team for its coverage of the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000. He continues to report on various categories for V8 Sleuth in 2022.