The last two locally produced Fords, a Falcon and Territory, have rolled down the assembly line in Broadmeadows, marking an end to over 90 years of production in Australia.
Ford has revealed that the final four locally produced Fords with compliance plates — a blue Falcon XR6, a silver Territory Titanium diesel, a white Falcon XR6 Sprint and a grey coloured XR6 Turbo will head to auction, supporting the STEAM Student Robotics Programs in Broadmeadows and Geelong and long standing charity partner Give Where You Live Foundation in Geelong.
Officially, the final car to roll down the line will be the blue XR6 pictured, expected to be driven off the end of the line at 9:30AM on Friday October 7, 2016.
Images posted by Facebook group Fans of Falcon show employees following the two vehicles down the line. The two vehicles pictured, in addition to one more Falcon ute, will be retained by Ford and kept in a museum. These three vehicles will never be able to be road registered.
The last four road-going locally-produced Fords will be presented for auction by Manheim on 15 October 2016 at 1:30PM. Each vehicle comes with a certificate of authenticity, which includes the vehicle's VIN and specifications and is personally signed by president and CEO of Ford Australia, Graeme Whickman.
Buyers interested in snapping up a piece of automotive history will need to register before they are eligible to place a bid in the Manheim auctions. Head to the Manheim website for more details.
The Falcon sedan, Falcon ute and Territory have formed a significant part of Australian history. Everybody has a Ford story that takes them back — whether it's a tipsy night in a taxi, or a fun night in a Falcon wagon (at the drive in) — so it's a sad day.
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