1970 XW GT-HO PHASE II

IT MAY NOT BE A MOFFAT CAR BUT IT STILL BOASTS A FAMOUS OWNER

WORDS GUY ALLEN ? PHOTOS SUPPLIED

WE’VE ALL seen the crazy auction prices aimed at the hero of the local muscle car scene, the Ford GT-HO series – some of them real and some imaginary. So it comes as something of a relief to see a GT-HO with race history actually offered with a benchmark price – albeit one only a few can afford.

This 1970 XW appears to have a great history. Yes it raced at Bathurst, but it didn’t finish that year. It did however make up for that shortfall with a win and a lap record at Mallala the following weekend.

What really got our attention however was the name of the first owner – Kim Aunger. Yes, that Aunger family, the one famous for the ‘armadillo’ rear window louvres seen on Aussie cars across the decades and loads of other accessories.

The Ford appears to have only had a couple of owners, a well-established history file, a CAMS logbook and other ID. In all it comes across as better-credentialed than many high-end cars we see on the market.

The Phase II was a significant advance on its predecessor, with more performance and a long list of components that were strengthened in an effort to make it a more robust endurance racer. The effort paid off at Bathurst that year with a pole position for Allan Moffat, plus a win, with another Phase II in second.

That was an important turn-around after the 1969 loss to Colin Bond’s Monaro the previous year.

Muscle Cars Sales in Sydney is handling this one, and the car is based in Queensland. They’re looking for offers over $420k.