Australia's rarest car to go up for auction

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-24 15:27:25|Editor: Li Xia
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SYDNEY, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- A one-off factory-built six-door vehicle that is thought to be Australia's rarest car, is set to go up for auction Down Under, attracting the curious eyes of collectors and auto lovers from over the world.

Constructed by Ford, the made-to-order Falcon model alteration was assembled in 1970 for the now defunct Trans-Australian Airlines.

Used as a courtesy car limousine operating out of Tasmanian airports, the exceptionally unique car is still said to be in top condition after almost five decades.

"This Ford XY Falcon Wagon embodies collectability and could be the rarest car ever manufactured in Australia," Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions Lee Hames, said on Tuesday.

"It's the holy grail for Ford fans, the only one of its kind and it is in immaculate condition."

"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."

Although online bidding will begin at just one Australian dollar (68 U.S. cents), last year one of three surviving Ford Falcon GTHO Phase IV's, which was also built in the 1970's, fetched a whopping 2.1 million Australian (1.4 million U.S.) dollars at a Lloyds auction.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be the largest classic car auctioneer in Australia, having such a mind-blowing array of rare and collectible vehicles coming across our auction blocks in what is an amazing and maturing classic car market," Hames said.

The auction will conclude at 6pm local time on September 30.