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Help needed to find my dads Red Fairmont GT

Started by saftgt, 06 August 2014, 05:49 PM


Hi All,

My name is Henry Luiz,I immigrated to Australia from South Africa Durban in 1998. Since 98 I have owned 4 V8 Holden's. I live in Melbourne and drive an SSV Redline, please do not hold that against me. Australian Fords and Holden V8 muscle cars can be compared with the best in the world. I will always admire the SA GT and always live in hope one day I will own one.

The reason for my interest in this site is that my father had 2 Fairmont GT's in the early 70's, the first was an orange XW and then a red XY. The XY had black stripes. As a kid I remember the rubber insert in the steering and the fact that dad would accidental set the horn off because it was soft from the strong South African sun. He would roar up the hill towing his boat and the sound of the V8 will always remain in my head. I felt very proud when he dropped me off at school; I always made sure it was at the front gate and ensured my mates would see. I also remember dad racing my Uncle in his Alfa. Dad always lost it on the corners, but when it came to brut speed/power he would always leave the Alfa behind

Anyway back to my interest in this great web site. At that time in my dad's life he would change his cars every 6 months, hence the short period of owning the XW and then changing it to the XY. The XY was also kept for 6-12 months, the change to a yellow Mercedes (boring). I am trying my luck in an attempt to trace Dad's the XY, hoping it is still on the road. After reading this site I can kick myself for not taking more interested in the car at the time. I have asked my father and he has no records, no rego or who he sold it too. I only know the following:

Red XY Fairmont GT
Black strips
The Shaker
The screw locks for the bonnet
Purchased from Grosvenor Ford Pinetown - South Africa (I think)
Possibility trade in for the Mercedes
Not too sure if it had aircon or power steering
It did not have a sun roof
I think it had a vinyl roof

Appreciate your help in searching for this GT

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