Ford’s 1977 Bathurst triumph celebrated with new Mustang
Australian Ford tuner Tickford will roll out 77 special edition Mustang GTs to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Allan Moffat and Colin Bond’s famous one-two at the 1977 Bathurst 1000.
Moffat led home a Moffat Ford Dealers Falcon XC Hardtop one-two at Mount Panorama in ’77, he and Jacky Ickx beating Bond and Alan Hamilton in a famous formation finish.
The pair were able to choreograph taking the chequered flag thanks to Peter Janson and Larry Perkins being a lap behind in third.
To celebrate 40 years since the victory, the Canadian-born Australian Touring Car Championship legend has now joined forces with Ford tuner Tickford to reveal the Tickford Bathurst ’77 Special.
A maximum of 77 of the limited edition cars will be built, and will be painted up in a modern interpretation of the Moffat Ford Dealers ’77 livery.
“It is hard to believe it has been 40 years since Colin and I finished one-two at Bathurst, but while I recall the race as if it were yesterday, it is nice to know it holds such a special place with so many people all these years on,” said Moffat said.
“The team at Tickford have done a very thorough job coming up with a modern interpretation of my 1977 XC Hardtop. While the Falcon has sadly been consigned to the history books, the Mustang was always one of my favourite cars to race and I had considerable success in them. Ford has done a great job with the latest one.
“The Tickford Bathurst ’77 Special looks amazing, produces an unbelievable amount of power and the finish across all areas of the vehicle highlights why the return of Tickford is so important for the Australian automotive industry.”
According to Tickford CEO (and Prodrive Racing Australia team boss) Tim Edwards, the idea is to pay homage to Ford’s rich history in Australian sport.
“This year is a significant anniversary in Australian and Ford motorsport history and while it will be celebrated in many ways, we are privileged to be working with Allan Moffat to create a modern V8 hardtop that pays tribute to his famous winning machine,” said Edwards.
“We wanted to give fans that either witnessed the famous one-two live, or have come to appreciate the supreme effort after the fact, the chance to own a unique vehicle that has been developed in conjunction with the man that made it happen.
“The fact Allan endorses the programme and has worked with our project team from initial concept stage to provide input into the Mustang’s development only adds to its status.”
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