Ford Australia’s go-to tuners at Tickford have developed a special edition Mustang to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Falcon’s famous one-two finish at the 1977 Bathurst 1000.
Responsible for Ford Australia’s Performance Vehicles since 1991, Tickford is no stranger to making Fords go fast; the Tickford Bathurst ’77 Special features a bevy of visual and mechanical upgrades as an homage to the Ford Falcon XC Hardtops Alan Moffat and team-mate Colin Bond drove to a formation finish at Mount Panorama.
The company is only planning to build 77 of the special edition Mustangs.
Tickford is being coy about what’s actually been done to the Mustang mechanically, saying specifications will be announced sometime in the near future. The company did say, however, that the Mustang GT’s 5.0-litre power plant has been significantly re-jigged, with a high-performance supercharger and unique tuning.
Visually the Bathurst ’77 Special is a modern interpretation of the livery Moffat and company raced in 1977; all 77 cars will be finished in white with a full decal kit overlayed, replica rear wing, and house-made 20-inch alloy rims painted in pale gold. Luckily the number plate is optional.
Inside, the company promises a full leather interior with blue and red stitching featuring on the front bucket seats, plus a new steering wheel, signature badging and a number plate.
“It is hard to believe it has been 40 years since Colin and I finished 1-2 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 in a statement.
“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.”