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1973 Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 The 'Chicken Coupe'.

Friday, 16 April 2021 23:14

Gordon and the 'Chicken Coupe'

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The legendary Chicken Coupe has arrived at Finch Restorations for a full ground-up restoration. The very rare 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 made headline news around Australia and overseas when it sold at auction for over $300,000.

Gordon, the original owner of the Chicken Coupe, purchased the car new for $7,000 in 1973. The following year, Gordon used the GT as a wedding car for his own wedding.

 

The newly weds embarking their XA wedding car in 1974
The newly weds embarking their XA wedding car in 1974.

 

Gordon and his new wife in the back seat of their XA wedding car
Gordon and his new wife in the back seat of their XA wedding car.

 

In 1988, Gordon could not afford the insurance and took the car off the road where it stayed, stored behind chicken wire, for the next 32 years.

Occasionally, hopeful purchasers would chase down the rumoured car at Gordon’s property in the Darling Downs. The car was sentimental for Gordon, and he would not sell.

Gordon passed away in 2019, and his estate put the car up for auction in July 2020. Purchased at the auction by a South Australian collector, the Falcon has now been sent to Finch Restorations.

A project page that will follow the progress of the restoration is available at the following link: 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83. Subscribe to our Newsletter for updates on the reincarnation of the legendary Chicken Coupe.

Vale Gordon.

Chicken Coupe
The Chicken Coupe's home for 32 years.
Photo by Troy Postle

 

Gordon with Chicken Coupe
Vale Gordon
Photo by Troy Postle

 

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