An example of one of Australia’s most exclusive special-edition Ford Mustangs will soon be auctioned at Grays.
Officially dubbed the Tickford Bathurst ’77 Special, these 2017 Mustangs commemorated the 40th anniversary of Allan Moffat and Colin Bond’s iconic 1-2 victory at the 1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000.
Ford didn’t offer the cars pre-made; instead, the ’77 Special was a conversion package for customer-owned donor vehicles, priced at $64,500. Factoring in the purchase of a 2017 Mustang GT, total pricing shot well above $100,000.
Externally, each car wore a stripe kit paying tribute to the Bathurst-winning XC Falcon hardtops, with unique Bathurst circuit badges and Moffat’s number 1 emblazoned on the bonnet, roof and doors.
Major action also took place under the bonnet. The 5.0-litre Coyote was topped with a Roush blower, upping power and torque from 306kW/530Nm to 542kW/827Nm. Supporting modifications included a cold-air induction system, high-flow injectors and a bespoke three-inch Tickford exhaust system.
Handling was improved via Tickford’s 25mm-lower suspension package, frame bracing, and Wilwood slotted rotors on all corners. Gold-finished 20-inch alloys emulated the Bathurst-winning Falcon’s rolling stock.
Inside, leather and Alcantara seats featured XC-inspired blue and red stitching, plus Tickford’s logo embellishments and a bespoke steering wheel.
This particular ’77 Special Mustang is the 14th built, and runs the more popular manual transmission. The glovebox has been signed by Allan Moffat himself, as has the build plate. It’s travelled around 3000km since new, which comes out to about 750 kays per year.
The ’77 Special number 4 sold at Grays in 2017 for $120,000. In 2019, the first car off the line was put up for sale by Tickford, with an asking price of $170,000. With current market pricing and the ongoing desirability of limited-edition V8 muscle, it’s fair to expect this Mustang will fetch well above its 2017 cost price.
Check out the listing here. Bidding will open at around 6pm tonight.