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A model unique to Australia, the GT 500 was to be the car that took Ford to the top of the mountain at the Bathurst 500, hence the name. Something special had to be developed to mx it with the imported cars that were allowed for the first time in 1965. The Lotus-Cortina would have been more that adequate, but the elegibility rules required 250 be imported to qualify it, as opposed to the productioln of 100 cars to qualify a local model, so the GT 500 was born.
It was designed for Ford Australia by Ford's Works Team Manager, Harry Firth, in his Queens Avenue workshop in Auburn, Melbourne.
It had an 8.5 gallon aluminium auxiliary fuel tank that increased the fuel capacity to 17 gallons, with the two tanks interconnected, and fed through twin snap-on fuel caps, located behind the rear window. These twin fillers were the result of a bit of craftiness on Harry Firth's part, who realised that they would help reduce time spent by the car in the pits.
Large aire scopps under the front bumper directed air to the front discs, which had no backing plates.
The car was released in July 1965 and only a 2 door was available, with fixed rear windows that didn't flip open. Only 112 were produced, all between May and August, which sold like hotcakes.
They achieved their intended destiny in the 1965 race, finishing 1-2 in Class D, and 1-2 outright. The success f the GT 500 led to elegibility rule changes for the 1966 race.
This model features the aeroflow interior, twin fuel fillers and front brake ducts, as well as opening doors and bonnet. Full interior, engine and chassis detail with working suspension.
|Australia (First Item)||AU$ 20.00|
|Australia (Second Item)||AU$ 20.00|
|Overseas (First Item)||AU$ 50.00|
|Overseas (Second Item)||AU$ 50.00|