around for a genuine GT is not an easy task.
I was searching for about a year talking to
various people with very little luck until I
spoke to a mate by the name of Chris Theodore.
He was looking to buy an XA RPO himself and
came across one in Canberra. The guy selling
the RPO also had an XT for sale.
I asked Chris to contact the owner and tell
him that I was interested in the XT. Chris put
me on to Richard Allen and he started to describe
the vehicle. From the description that Richard
provided I was immediately interested and was
very eager to check the vehicle out. The only
condition was that Garrett had happened to see
the vehicle and was first in line.
my brother in law Nick and I hopped in the
car and headed to Canberra to check out this
XT. As soon as we were to reach Canberra I
had organised with Richard to give him a call
so he can direct me to his place. I remember
calling Richard and once I mentioned where
I was he proceeded to give me instructions.
I travelled at the speed limit and found that
it was amazing how well Richard knew Canberra.
Just as I was reaching specific places Richard
would point them out.
soon as we arrived at Richardís place Nick
and I were amazed at his Polar white RPO coupe.
The car was in excellent condition so we spent
about half an hour checking it out and asking
him specific questions relating to his RPO.
then started to check out the XT and I found
that Richardís description of the car was
very accurate. I found that Richard was one
of the straightest shooters around and he
was adamant that Garrett had first dibs at
the XT. If he was to pass this car up then
the car was mine.
car had 3 previous owners, which makes me
the 4th owner. The first owner was a policemanís
wife, who, following her husbandís death,
decided sheíd not lived enough and decided
to purchase the XTGT. She hated the red stripe
and had it removed before she took delivery!
The car was carefully maintained by that family
and as late as last year had expressed a desire
to buy it back from Richard, but the ladyís
grandson had been transferred overseas and
could not complete the sale. The second owner
was also a lady who had it 13 years before
selling it to Richard. It is a matching numbers
XTGT with 110,000 miles, log books and the
original Dunlop Aquajet in the boot.
car used to be Richards daily driver for 3
years until he decided to pull the car off
the road and restore it. The car was rubbed
back and re-painted in the original polar
white colour by Ronnie Smith from the NSW
Veteran and Vintage club. Queanbeyan Engine
Service rebuilt the engine, and re-assembled
by Richard to factory specifications. The
engine parts were also replaced with new bits.
This includes internal engine parts such as
pistons, cam, lifters, rings and bearings,
clutch, pressure plate and flywheel. Richard
also went to the trouble of restoring the
original hubcaps, re-trimming the seats and
installing new rubbers. The car was put together
by Richard over 3 years and was approximately
Garrett decided to pass on the car I immediately
rang Richard and told him that I was buying
the car. A direct deposit was organised and
I drove to Canberra with Pat from Banksia
towing to pick up the car. Once we arrived
Richard had the car and all the associated
bits ready. We loaded the car up on the tilt
tray, had a quick coffee and chat then off
we headed back to Sydney.
we arrived home we loaded the car in the garage
and I instantly called Sash over. We inspected
the vehicle and wrote a list of parts that
were required to finish the car off. The list
of parts required amounted to a few hundred
a fairly busy work schedule I worked on the
vehicle when I could. I had organised for
the dash to be fully restored due to a small
crack on one of the edges. The steering wheel
however had seen better days. I called Tony
AKA Rev who took one look at me and said that
he liked a challenge. The finish on the wheel
is fantastic. Once I collected all the bits
Sash and I started working on the car. It
took us around 2 solid days where we went
right over the car. This included installing
a new blinker mechanism, dash, seat belts
and a whole range of small fiddly bits. Gearbox
and diff fluids where changed as well as a
clutch and brake service.
car was sitting around idle for a while and
the paint had faded with a lot of dirt embedded
in the duco. Nick pulled out the buffing machine
and started to work his magic. The car now
looks very presentable and neat and is a great
would like to thank Richard Allen for doing
all the hard work as well as Sash whose knowledge
of these old Falcons is phenomenal. Sash also
did a sterling job in tuning the beast. Dart
Automotive was also a big help with final
adjustments such as wheel alignment and braking.
Lastly I would like to thank my brother in
law Nick who is a champion. He helped right
from the start and his work, passion and knowledge
in the painting department is like no other.