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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 15th 2009
6— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Ford racer in line for new record VALUABLE: The 1965 Ford GT40, part of the Bowden’s Own Car Care collection. you want a real one, this is it. And you won’t get another chance ‘ KEEN: Dan and Chris Bowden who run the business with dad, David. rently part of the privately-owned Bowden Collection of ultra-desirable road and race cars—including 1970s touring cars raced by Allan Moffat, IanGeogheganandNormBeechey— in Queensland, but has just been put up for sale. A The final price could easily top $2 million despite the global economic crisis. The GT40 was built so Ford could trump Ferrari at the Le Mans 24-hour race and got its name be- CLASSIC1960s Ford GT40 could be on the way to a new Australian record. The retired racer is cur- cause it was only 40 inches tall. The Bowden racing family’s car is an early Mark I with a 289-cubic inch V8 engine that was originally raced before being converted for road use. It is painted in dark pine green and even comes with its original fibreglass bodywork. So, why is it up for sale? ‘‘It’s a road car and, every time it goes out, we tap our fingers with worry,’’ says Chris Bowden. ‘‘There is just no fun in it.’’ He is confident the car will top any sales records in Australia, official or unofficial, including the $1.25 million paid last year for a Lotus 25 Formula One car once raced by the famous Jim Clark. ‘‘It’s hands-down, the GT40 will beat it. For the last 15 or 20 years we’ve kept a close eye on things. Nothing’s ever come on the market at this sort of numbers,’’ Bowden says. But there is a catch for the sale of the GT40 — Bowden does not want the car to leave Australia. It was bought from Britain but Bowden does not want to see it heading back to Europe, partly because it is the only fully-original MarkI inAustralia andis unlikely to be replaced. ‘‘It’s the only one in the country. To get one overseas and bring it back would be incredibly expensive, probably around $3 million with taxes and everything,’’ Bowden says. ’ So, what will the car make? It’s not going up for auction, but will be sold privately through the Bowden family’s extensive connections. ‘‘We’re aware that we’re not at the top of the market—$2.75 or 3 million would have been achievable about 18 months ago. Its global value is about $2.2 million,’’ Bowden says. ‘‘The GT40 world is a small world. If you want a real one, this is it. And you won’t get another chance.’’ The GT40 world is a small world. If High prices kept low-key THEREare public auction results, butmostof the seriously costly cars are sold very quietly in private. Thecurrent topmarkis believed tobethe $2.5 million paidbya Melbourne enthusiast foraMcLaren F1 road car. ABugattiType35, onceownedby MaxLane, is said to have sold for over$2million last yearandanexrace Jaguar C-Typemadesimilar money. Oneof onlytwoHRTMonaro427s wasreportedly sold for$950,000to aQueensland collectorbythe Classic ThrottleShopin Sydney. AFord FalconGTHOfetched $635,000ataBonham&Goodman auction inMarch2007while Shannonsgot$525,000forasimilar Phase IIImodelGTHO. Saturday, August 15, 2009
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