the demise of the GT nameplate in 1976, Edsel Ford II,
then managing Director of Ford Australia, suggested reintroducing
one of Ford's most famous names on a limited edition V8
was in the 60's, a name which became known worldwide on
the fabulous Shelby cars. These Shelby Cobras were dominant
in major motor sports events, including LeMans and Daytona.
to make the new Falcon an instant classic, it was decided
to manufacture a limited run of 400 cars, resplendent
in the Blue and White colour scheme of racers from the
of the cars came out with the 302 cubic inch motor (4.9
litre) with varying gearboxes and accessories. The other
200 came out with the big 351 cubic inch motor (5.8 litre)
and while most (120) were automatic with all the upmarket
filaments like power steering, air conditioning and power
windows, the other 80 came with 4 speed manual gearboxes.
the ones of interest to followers of motor sport and particularly
bathurst, were the 30 of these manuals, which came with
all the "goodies" to enable them to become winners on
the race track. The extras on these cars were aimed at
overcoming the punishment that a race car has to endure,
particularly over 1000kms around Mount Panorama. Twin
belts to drive the ancillaries, air coolers, heavy duty
radiators, close ratio gearboxes, bonnet air scoop and
special front spoiler, wider rear wheel arches, suspension
tower supports and braces plus twin thermatic fans and
Sheel racing seats were among the more obvious additions.
XC Cobra, was in essence, a plain hardtop model. It was
based around the Falcon 500 series coupe, unlike the pedigree
of the GT Falcons, which were based around Fairmont specifications.
What sets the plain Falcon coupe and the Cobra apart is
the following: Cobra's were fitted with a limited slip
disk brake diff, giving the car four wheel power assisted
disks all around. All Cobra's were fitted with 15" x 7"
Bathurst Globe Mag Wheels on 70 series radial tires. They
also had tinted rear windows, twin exhaust pipes, quartz
halogen headlights, cut pile black carpet, AM push button
radio, power assisted heating & ventilation, Front
and rear fiberglass spoilers and colour coded front and
Cobra's were all painted Bold Blue first (colour code
L1127A) with the White (Snow White) added afterwards to
create the GT stripes. The Blue Stripes were bordered
by pale blue edging. This unique look was finished off
with the Cobra Motif being added on each side behind the
front wheel arch above the engine capacity badges (4.9
or 5.8) and also on the rear spoiler.
first 200 cars built were 351 equipped. The second 200
were 302 equipped. Only one exception to this is known
of, car 351 was factory fitted with a 351. No special
body number prefixs were given to the Cobra. The Body
numbers are usually JG65UM00XXXK. [XXX being the build
shipped only two cobras to each premium dealer, which
resulted in the demand exceeding the supply. The front
spoiler was not fitted at the factory, but shipped to
the dealers in the boot of the cobra, complete with the
hardware required for fitting it, this to be done by the
couple of other Ford vehicles received the Cobra treatment
too. They were:- One short wheelbase F100; One Transit
van; and Four Falcon utilities. These were all produced
at the factory for promotional purposes, nobody appears
to know where these vehicles are today. (See
of the cobras commenced on August 1, 1978, and final shipments
were scheduled for September 15, 1978. The price for the
Falcon Cobra in 1978 was $9,405 [RRP] for the base model.
The Options 97 Pack (Bathurst Model) was priced at $11,166
for the Falcon Cobra in 2001 were between $15,000 and
$28,000. The Bathurst Model values ranged between $33,000
and $42,000 depending on the vehicles condition.
the 400 cars produced, there are between 250 & 300
still hissing out there today, of which a couple have
migrated and are now roaming other parts of the world.
There is one in the United Kingdom, and another in the
Aussie Muscle taking on the world.