THE third episode of the Motorfocus Model Podcast has some exciting news for collectors of 1:18-scale Bathurst 500 and Bathurst 1000-winning cars.
Classic Carlectables has announced it will produce the Barry Seton/Midge Bosworth Ford Cortina GT500 that won the 1965 Armstrong 500.
The model will fill the final hole in collections of 1:18-scale Bathurst-winning cars, with it and the previously-announced 2019-winning Scott McLaughlin/Alex Premat DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang GT from Authentic Collectables the only cars not yet released of machines that won the ‘Great Race’.
“This is a really cool mould that Classics has developed with opening bonnet and doors, but it will complete people’s Bathurst-winning collections,” co-host Dimitri Comino from Motorfocus says in the episode.
“Apart from last year’s Mustang, that will make every Bathurst winner done in 1:18 scale once it comes out.”
The car was the first of the successful ‘Bathurst specials’ produced by a car manufacturer with the aim of winning the race.
Ford engaged Harry Firth to produce develop an enhanced version of the GT Cortina that had won the 1963 and 1964 races, with Firth producing the 110 examples of the car needed to homologate it for the event at his recently-demolished Queens Avenue workshop.
The Seton/Bosworth example was one of 10 GT500s entered for the 1965 race and one of 17 Cortinas in the field, the #11 car heading home the Bruce McPhee/Barry Mulholland GT500 for a Ford 1-2.
It marked the only Bathurst triumph for the GT500 model and the only victory in the race for either Seton or Bosworth, who was making his second and final start in the ‘500.
The car survived its competition career and has been part of the collection at Bathurst’s National Motor Racing Museum, although an interesting coda to its life came in 1995.
Bo’s son Glenn Seton was a few months old when his dad won the 1965 ‘Great Race’, and to mark both the 30th anniversary of Bo’s triumph – and the aligning of Glenn’s 30th birthday and his #30 car number – the promoters of the 1995 Bathurst 1000 offered Glenn a bonus prize should he win the race: the choice of either $30,000 cash, or the 1965-winning Cortina.
Glenn Seton’s career is being celebrated in a new collector’s hardcover book, available to pre order here, that is being published by V8 Sleuth and will be available at the end of 2020.
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