This rare "Allan Moffat HO" Fairmont Ghia is currently advertised on Ebay Australia, with bids around $10,000 - reserve not met. Details of these cars are quite scarce, and from what we've been able to gather, only a handful were produced - with the HO package reportedly costing an additional $16,000 on top of the car's base price when new. The HO model was built by "Phase Autos" in Melbourne, in conjunction with famous racing driver Allan Moffat. The cars were built with the approval of Ford Australia and Tickford Engineering.
On the outside, the cars received a unique body kit, rear spoiler and bonnet vents. The 17 x 8.5 inch wheels had unique HO centre caps, and were originally fitted with Dunlop Formula W-1 tyres. Allan Moffat's signature and HO badge were applied to the boot-lid and the front fenders. On the inside, a MOMO steering wheel was fitted, and an HO badge placed on the dashboard above the glovebox. Recaro seats were reportedly optional, however, this particular car appears to retain its factory trim.
Mechanically, the HO performance package included a re-tuned supercharged 6 or 8 cylinder engine, stiffer suspension (revised springs, shocks and roll bar rates), and uprated brake pads. Power figures quoted for the V8 seem to vary, and we have seen several people claim factory figures ranging from 209kw - 235kw. This figure places power in a similar range to the VN Group A Commodore, and above the Factory built EB GT. As mentioned - information on these cars is scarce, so don't hesitate to let us know if you have specifications you can confirm for us.
This one appears to be in good condition, despite having over 450,000km on the odometer. The seller confirms they are only the second owner of the car, and it retains its original number plates and registration renewal date. The air conditioning and climate control still work, and the interior presents well with no issues noted by the seller. A new radio was fitted by the original owner, but the original stereo is also supplied with the car.
This will be an interesting car to watch with a number of active bidders determining the market for these rare Fords. If you own a rare Falcon, sign-up to Classic Register and add your car. If you have any information on these rare Moffat HO editions, please contact us so we can add to this car's profile.
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