$100k Spent Restoring This Old Falcon Was Worth Every Penny

A hundred grand could buy you any of a number of pretty sweet rides… even in Australia, where prices can be high and the dollar low. So spending that much to restore an old Ford Falcon that had long been neglected may seem to make little sense. But there’s more to this story than dollars and cents.

This 1973 Ford Falcon XA Superbird hardtop belonged to a family Down Under who drove and enjoyed it for some 20 years before it rolled in an accident. Uninsured and too extensively damaged to fix, it sat there on the family farm for another couple of decades, a rusting hunk of metal beyond repair.

But a while back, Tommy – the son who crashed it in the ’90s – set out to bring it back to its former glory. He spent years sourcing the parts and the labor to help restore it. Tommy even bought another damaged and rusted Falcon for $2,500 just to take its roof, and sold the topless shell again for $2,100.

When all was said and done, Tommy spent a whopping $106,300 on the project – or about $75k in equivalent American greenbacks. That may seem like a big chunk of change, and it would be to most people. But the restored muscle car could be worth even more to an eager collector.

That wasn’t the point, though. This was a passion project undertaken for nostalgic reasons. And to see the reaction on the faces of Tommy’s parents makes it all worthwhile. Or at least it did for Tommy.

  • sidewaysspin

    Super nice.

  • charlotteharry57

    Surprised at how similarly it looks to the ’68-’72 Chevy Chevelle in the States. With far worse rear side visibility.

    • RIGHT?

      • Squeaky_1

        Michgo, just to be clear, if you use capital letters in your comments on the internet it is considered that you are shouting. Most people consider this rude unless there’s a specific reason or unless it is just one or two words for emphasis. Not having a go at you at all, just informing you – we all have to learn these things at one point or another and from your comments it just looks as though you were unaware of this. Cheers mate.

        • BABE EVERY ONE WHO CONSIDERS THEMSELVES AND EXPERT ON INTERNET ETIQUETTE SEEMS TO THINK THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO TELL ME WHAT’S RUDE. THAT ASSUMPTION IN AND OF ITSELF IS RUDE. NOW MAYBE WE CAN TRADE EYESIGHT FOR A DAY THEN WE’LL SEE HOW YOU WOULD HANDLE MY SITUATION. THERE’S A BLOCK USER BUTTON FOR ANYONE TOO INCENSED OR DELICATE TO USE THEN THEY WONT HAVE TO SEE MY COMMENTS.

  • CUTE STORY.
    I’M GUESSING DAD WAS IN NO HURRY TO USE THIS AS A DAILY DRIVER WITH NO A/C OR TILT WHEEL.

    • bryceee

      As we say in Australia
      your a wanker.
      Captain Shouty

      • Squeaky_1

        NO, in Australia we know how to write, spell and speak . . . we actually say “You’re”.

        • bryceee

          wow…sorry I took up a minute of your life. If you feel the need to correct every one on chat sites……thats sad.

          • Squeaky_1

            Well “Brycee” if you are going to call other people purile names like “Wanker” you have to expect to be called out on it and be held to account and to your own standard. Your words are your attack weapons so if I was you I’d simply know how to use your words properly, lest you be the “wanker” in other people’s eyes. Just for your consideration, mate – hope this helps your future endeavours here in comment land.

      • DID HE LOOK LIKE HE’S REALLY WANT TO SQUEEZE INTO AN OLD FLAME WHEN HE COULD DRIVE A ROOMY MODERN CAR…WANKER?

        • bryceee

          Cute Reply
          Captain Shouty

      • Bash

        I love that… “Captain Shouty”
        lol

  • Six_Tymes

    I never realized until now just how much they copied the basic shape of 68-72 Chevy Chevelle from the side view. Either way, still an awesome car and an amazing restoration project.

  • This is actually a rather touching story for me, always had a soft sport for XB Falcon GT.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Gorgeous family

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