LIES DAMN LIES AND STATISTICS
When I was living in Sydney and playing with MGBs, a good friend explained his thoery of the 40 year car rule, that rule states that young (mostly male) impressional addolessants lust after the cult cars of the day that they can't afford they then become immersed in carreer, business and raising a family before years later findng themselves in a position to indulge their childhood fantacy by which time the target car is in it's 40s, my lust car was an MGTC because I first drove one at age 14 and yes I did eventually own a 40 year old one but it was a dismantled basket case that I didn't bother to restore.
The 40 year rule clearly applies to the Falcon GT, they have had spectacular price appreciation but as they are a domestic Australian car with limited exports I believe their future appreciation is limited as the target buyer group now age and die off leaving behind a basic sedan car, albeit with a racing history, that was initially designed as a police persuit car before finding it's way into a Fairmont body.
The 40 year rule also applies to the Zed but it has not had anything like the same price appreciation to date but being a global car my guess is Zeds will leave Falcon GTs behind over time.
So much for the LIES now here come some interesting STATISTICS.
If you were in the market for a go fast car in the 70s, here's the price comparison between Falcon GT and Datsun Z according to Redbook.
Falcon XW GT Man $4625.00
Falcon XW GTHO Man $4830.00
Datsun 240Z Man $4567.00
Falcon XY GT Man $4625.00
Falcon XY GTHO Man $5302.00
Datsun 240Z Man $4666.00
Falcon Cobra Special XC 2+2 Man $10100.00
Datsun 260Z Man Coup $11525.00
Datsun 260Z Man 2+2 $12500.00
I'm not sure that it's fair to compare a family sedan with a sports coupe but it's interesting to see not only how the government of the day protected local manufacturing but also if the Zed is to regain price parity, it has a bright future.
Edited by TT Aero, 24 October 2015 - 02:51 AM.