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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 29th 2009
4— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Falcon comeback unlikely Plans to bring the mostfamousFalcon back from thedead are lookingmoreand morelikeadeadend. NeilMcDonald explains F ORD Performance Vehicles boss Rod Barrett says although his heart his willing, the FPV chequebook is weak to return the GT-HO to the road. The poor sales response to Holden Special Vehicle’s hot one-off W427 Commodore is believed to have indirectly cooled FPV’s desire to recreated the halo Falcon. HSVbuilt just 137 7.0-litre V8 W427 sedans with a pricetag of $155,000. The Clayton carbuilder had origi- nally intended to build up to 427 hot Commodores, referring to the car’s cubic-inch capacity. Barrett admits he was a keen spectator to the whole W427 process. ‘‘I think there was a huge learning experience for us in that car,’’ he says. ‘‘I’d hate to think that I would be putting a car on the market that was as expensive as that. ‘‘I would like to be able to do something at an affordable price for the man in the street.’’ Despite the sobering W427 experi- ence, Barrett’s desire to build a GTHO remains strong. ‘‘The GT-HO is a dream of mine,’’ he says. ‘‘I’d love to be in charge of FPV when we bought out a GT-HO.’’ Dealers around the country hold thick files of prospective orders for a GT-HObut Barrett admits the mystic surrounding the original may not transfer into modern-day sales. Despite keen interest, the com- pany has not even crunched the numbers of how many it could build or sell. But Barrett is adamant it would not be a limited-edition Cobra or special 40th anniversary car. ‘‘It would be something entirely unique,’’ he says. With such a car comes a responsibility not to ‘‘stuff it up’’, he says. BLAST FROM THE PAST: The Ford Falcon GTHO. ‘‘I’ve always said I’m not to pre- pared to even think about it until we’ve got all the hardware we require and the financial resources to do it properly,’’ he says. AGT-HOneeds to be a car that has unique performance, handling, braking, aesthetics, colour and limitedbuild number ‘‘and it needs to reflect what the Phase III was’’, he says. ‘‘Whether I’m there, or any man that followsmeinto the chair at FPV, it is a very brave move to put out a GT-HO if you don’t do it right and don’t have the financial backing to do it right.’’ Barrett admits 2011 would be an ideal time to introduce anewGT-HO, which would mark the 40th anniversary of the Phase III car. ‘‘It is a constant question, it’s the question that comes up at every car club event I go to,’’ he says. ‘‘I love it but it is so far away from being a reality at themomentit’s just off the table.’’ Sales on track FPVisontrack to sell about 1975 cars this year, just 3 per cent down over last year’s figure of 2035 cars. Barrett says the full tally is still good considering the economic meltdown. ‘‘We’re not too bad considering the state the rest of the industry is in,’’ he says. Saturday, August 29, 2009 Breathless search for Holy Grail GREATentries keepcomingin from our CarsGuidereaders for theFPVGuest Tester competition,andit’s hard to pick just one, so thisweekwechose Julian Fuller, of Hobart. Hewrote: ‘‘A tricked-outV8is the Holy Grail for Australian motorsport enthusiasts.Anoffering fromFPVin this market sector wouldbeaheaven-sent! Forme,this better-than-sex experience wouldbethe ultimate FORD-gasm!’’ OK, cool itMrFuller.YouwinaFPV prize pack worth $80,andjoin others from around the country as contenders to win the final prize: the chance to fly to Melbourneandtest-drive thenew mysteryFPVcar unveiled next month, withaguided tour of theFPVandFord Performance Racing workshops, hosted byoneof FPR’sV8Supercar drivers. Toenter,goto carsguide.com.au andin the Guest Tester story tell us in 50words or lesswhyyouwant to win. 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