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ALLAN Moffat is one of the true greats of Australian motor racing, and indeed Australian sport.

The Canadian-born Moffat was the nation’s first true professional driver. His determination and dedication are key to his legend.

But so too are the cars he drove. Headlined by a succession of fast Fords in the 1970s, this celebration of Moffat cars includes four other marques too…

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Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III

Moffat led a GT-HO podium sweep in the 1971 Hardie Ferodo 500. Pic: an1imaegs.com / Terry Russell

Moffat made his Bathurst debut in an XW GT-HO in 1969 and scored his first Great Race win a year later aboard a Phase II version of that model.

But it’s the XY GT-HO Phase III that we’ve chosen here. He won the 1971 Hardie-Ferodo 500 aboard this Series Production version and scored the 1973 ATCC crown with its Group C successor.

Ford Mustang Boss 302

Moffat behind the wheel in 1972. Pic: an1images.com / Ian Smith

It may not have won an ATCC title, but many rank this Coca-Cola backed Mustang as the most iconic Moffat car of all.

One of only seven examples built by Kar Kraft in the USA, it famously won 101 of its 151 race starts, including seven ATCC races between 1970 and ’72.

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Ford Falcon XA

Ford’s two factory Falcon XAs at Sandown in 1973. Pic: an1imaegs.com / Ian Smith

This was the first in a line of iconic Falcon hardtops and the last to tackle the Great Race under the official Ford Motor Company factory banner.

It was driven to victory by Allan Moffat and Ian Geoghegan in the 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000, avenging Moffat and Ford’s defeat to Peter Brock and Holden from the previous year.

Read more: What happened to Moffat’s 1973 Bathurst winner?

Ford Capri RS3100

Moffat took on the V8-powered Sports Sedan monsters in this high-revving, V6 Capri. Pic: an1images.com

Just as he’d done with the Boss 302 Mustang, Moffat used his international connections to secure this special ex-European Touring Car Championship ‘Cologne’ V6 Capri.

Moffat raced the car in Sports Sedan competition throughout 1975. He also drove it in two rounds of the inaugural Australian Sports Sedan Championship in 1976, playing a role in his eventual title victory.

Ford Falcon XC GS500

Moffat’s 1977 Bathurst victory came with Belgian co-driver Jacky Ickx. Pic: an1images.com / Dale Rodgers

A one-two form finish with Moffat Ford Dealers teammate Colin Bond in 1977 made this Falcon the most famous of Moffat’s four Bathurst winners.

The XC model was introduced midway through that year and also clinched Moffat his second straight ATCC crown amid a dominant period for the Blue Oval.

Chevrolet Monza

Moffat poses with the Monza. Pic: an1images.com / Ian Smith

Built by DeKon Engineering in Detroit, Moffat drove both this car and the Capri on his way to victory in the 1976 Australian Sports Sedan Championship.

It then sat idle for the next two seasons due to Moffat’s new touring car deal with Ford, and then completed a handful more races in Moffat’s hands during 1979 and ’80 before being sold off.

Read more: Zak Brown adds Allan Moffat car to collection

Porsche 934 Turbo

Moffat at the wheel of the Porsche at Sandown in the opening round of the 1980 Australian Sports Car Championship. Photo: an1images.com / Ian Smith

Although not the brand most closely associated with Moffat’s career, he drove various examples of Germany’s finest both in Australia and overseas, including at Le Mans.

Moffat drove this Alan Hamilton-owned Porsche to win the 1980 Australian Sports Car Championship, taking victory in three of the five races along the way.

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Peter Stuyvesant Mazda RX-7

Moffat at Calder on his way to the 1983 ATCC title. Pic: an1images.com / Graeme Neander

Yet another car that caused a considerable stir in its day, Moffat’s factory-backed Mazda RX7 program netted him a fourth and final ATCC title in ’83.

The debate of its merits as a touring car were as loud as its controversial rotary engine. Although able to hold its own in the sprint races around the country, it could not live with its V8 rivals at Bathurst.

Read more: Moffat’s lost plan to race a V8-engined Mazda

Rothmans Holden Commodore VL

The Rothmans VL won at Monza after a host of post-race disqualifications. Pic: an1images.con / Racepress

Built by the Holden Dealer Team for Peter Brock to drive in 1987, this car was sold to a third-party acting for Moffat when the HDT hit financial trouble amid its split with Holden.

Moffat and John Harvey quit their HDT roles and combined in this car to win the inaugural World Touring Car Championship race at Monza. It also finished fourth in the Spa 24 Hours.

ANZ Ford Sierra RS500

Moffat’s team campaigned Sierras from 1987 to 1992. Pic: Supplied

After the end of Group C killed his Mazda program, Moffat returned in 1987 with the first in a series of Rudi Eggenberger-built Ford Sierras that a year later almost netted him a fifth Bathurst 1000 win.

In his final Great Race, the car he co-drove was in control until it overheated during a long Safety Car period. Moffat’s Sierra highlight was victory in his last race, the 1989 Fuji 500, held two days after his 50th birthday.

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