Lloyds Auctions revealed that the six-door 1970 Ford factory-built XY Falcon wagon was the only one of its kind ever made, potentially making it “the rarest car ever manufactured in Australia”.
The white, automatic eight-seat vehicle is said to be in immaculate condition, with an eight-cylinder petrol engine and a list of features that were top of the line for its day.
According to the auction house, the car was built by Ford for TAA Airlines (or Trans Australian Airlines) in Tasmania.
The airline, which the National Library of Australia said operated between 1946 and 1986 when it was renamed to Australian Airlines, originally used the car as a courtesy car and limousine, given its longer body length than other Falcons of the day.
“It’s the holy grail for Ford fans, the only one of its kind and it is in immaculate condition,” said Lee Hames, chief operations officer at Lloyds Auctions.
“The story behind this car is just as special as the car itself. Winning numerous awards and featuring in auto magazines all around Australia, it has received great attention already, with enquiries flooding in since being published online.”
Mr Hames expects bidding to be “extremely active” when the car goes to auction at 6pm next Monday, 30 September. However pre-auction bidding has already begun online, with bidding as of 4pm on Thursday (24 September) already pushing the price to $51,000.
It will go under the hammer alongside other less common but more well-known vehicles, including Lamborghinis and Ferraris.
Lloyds is no stranger to unusual vehicles. In May this year, it auctioned a 100-foot catamaran that had been used for hospitality functions but was in need of major repairs, again with bidding starting at $1. It sold for an undisclosed sum.