Someone just bought a piece of Australian automotive history.
The 2021 Ford Mustang GT is the Blue Oval's flagship muscle car, but once upon a time, the company's Australian Ford Performance Vehicles division built an entirely different breed of sports car. Ford last offered a Falcon in the United States in 1970, but the nameplate stuck around in Australia for decades after. It eventually morphed into a full-size sedan akin to the Chevrolet SS, with a ute variant acting as a modern-day Ranchero.
The last-ever Falcon rolled off the assembly line in October 2016, with the ute version ending production earlier that year. Before then, Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) built a final run of faster Falcons called the GT F. Powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged Boss 351 V8 producing 470 horsepower, the GT F was an excellent final send-off for the performance Falcon. According to CarAdvice, the final example from that 500-car run just sold for an insane sum.
In 2014, Ford auctioned off the first and last GT F examples, VIN 001 and 500, to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. VIN 001 sold for $157,600, and although it wasn't even built yet, VIN 500 brought in $236,100. The original MSRP for these cars was $77,900. The first car was painted Kinetic Blue, but Steven Clarke, the winner of the final car, got to choose his exterior color. He picked Victory Gold as an homage to the original 1967 Ford Falcon GT.
Ford even let him assemble parts of the engine and have his initials stamped in. Before going through the paint booth, the entire FPV production team signed their names onto the car. The only way to see those signatures now is by using an X-ray machine. Before handing the car over the Clarke, Ford painted a second Falcon body in Victory Gold so spare panels would be available.
Clarke sold his prize Victory Gold Falcon for an undisclosed sum. Before finding a private buyer, he initially met with a few auction houses to discuss selling the vehicle with a $1 million reserve. It's unclear if Clarke received the $1 million he was looking for, but he certainly sold the car for more than he paid. "People thought I was crazy for spending [$236,100] on the car back then," Clarke said. The person who purchased the Falcon from Clarke is rumored to own the final Holden Commodore SS, which sold at auction for $750,000.