1970 XW GTHO PHASE 1.5
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1970 XW GTHO Phase 1.5 Cleveland Manual (Compliance Date = 4-70)
There were 115 XW GTHO's made with Cleveland V8's. These were 'unofficially' known as XW GTHO Phase 1.5. Off the 115, 22 were Diamond White with this car being 1 of the 22.
Very original car which was 'sympathetically' rebuilt during the 1980's. It has done 7,800 miles since the rebuild and has been mostly garaged since 1993. This GTHO is rust free and in excellent condition.
The car was originally delivered in NSW in 1970. The Dealer was:
Dealer Code : 1541
Sale Date : Wednesday 13 May 1970
Purchaser : Greg McClennan
The car was registered with CAMS on 26 August 1970 for Greg's racing pursuits.
The car made it's way to QLD in 1973. A QLD Certificate of Road Worthiness dated 13 April 1982 states the Owner was Kenneth McNee.
It is understood Kenneth drove the car from QLD to WA before it was purchased / registered in WA by a local Purchaser John Grescos on 30 November 1983. He then undertook the 'sympathetic' rebuild during the 1980's.
My father (who passed in 2011) purchased the vehicle from John in 1993. The car has had 2 x owners since it was registered in WA in 1983, with my Family owning the car for the past 25-years.
As Greg raced the car in the AMPOL Series in the early 1970's at the Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie NSW tracks, a number of racing changes were made to the car.
- I have all the car's history from 1983 but on inspection of the car, it appears it had a 'roll cage' fitted at some point (prior to its registration in WA).
- the car has a 'square block' (vs. date of manurfacture 'D block') which was only used by Ford Australia from late 1972 on-wards so it is not correct for the date of manufacture but correct for later Cleveland engine models. The car's Cleveland engine is confirmed given it is a 4V. The block is stamped correctly but given its placement / typeset, I am told it was 'manually stamped' by Ford Australia given it was replaced after date of manufacture engine 'blew during racing'.
- the Radiator has been replaced as it is not 'stamped'. The Radiator is genuine and correct for the date of manufacture.
- the Bonnet has been replaced. The Bonnet is genuine and correct for the model. I have a Ford Receipt for its purchase and was part of rebuild during the 1980's
- the 2 x front fenders have been replaced. The fenders are genuine and correct for the model and was part of the rebuild during the 1980's.
- the exhaust brackets have been replaced and fitted back-to-front. The exhaust brackets are gueniune and correct for the model and was part of the rebuild during the 1980's.
So the numbers (albeit the 'block' is not original and / or a 'D block' plus Radiator is not stamped) correspond with the Compliance Plate. No-one disputes the car is genuine XW GTHO Phase 1.5 but their are some irregularities preventing it to be termed 'original'.
I have collated this information with the assistance of previous owners Kenneth / John while reaching-out to vaiours NSW / QLD based car clubs. There assistance in establishing the car's history while understanding irregularities is appreciated. To my best endeavours, I have sourced official correspondence in evidence.
The detail is provided to assist the geniune enthusiast while attracting eastern states buyers.
This is an extremely clean, honest and reliable XW GTHO Everything works (down to the AM Radio) and is perfect for an enthusiast looking for a 'survivor type' car which can be enjoyed for many years to come. It comes with an interesting history which can be told over a beer.
I welcome any geniune enquiry and will be happy to answer any questions. I have extensive official correspondence and extensive pics available to assist any eastern states buyer.