50 years ago, Sandown race track witnessed the introduction of a special Ford Mustang that would soon become an icon of Australian motorsport. Driven by Allan Moffat, the car saw 101 victories from 151 races, amongst scores of qualifying and lap records.
That car became the legendary 1969 Trans-Am Boss 302 Mustang or as it became colloquially known, the Coca-Cola Mustang.
In 1969, Ford’s racing division Kar Kraft delivered the M-Code 302 Boss Mustang to Ford US to be raced in the US Trans-Am series. However, with some strong persuasion, one of the seven ’69 Trans-Ams built was brought to Australia to be raced in the Touring Car championship by Allan Moffat. The unique combination of a state-of-the-art Mustang and the skill of Moffat propelled the ’69 Trans-Am into the history books.
And today, Tickford announce their celebration of this unique achievement by drawing on their engineering-led vehicle enhancement program and creating the limited edition Tickford Trans-Am Mustang to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original, in association with Allan.
‘The Tickford Trans-Am is probably the most exciting car project I have ever been part of. It has made an old racer like me feel proud of my racing history and what I have been involved with. My original ’69 Trans-Am Mustang was an incredible race car and I have so many great memories of the battles I won on track. I think Tickford have done a tremendous job in designing a new interpretation of the original with some of the Coca-Cola car features that I loved including those wheels. I just wish I could race it!’ said Allan Moffat.
From the original sketches that were started nearly a year ago, the Tickford Trans-Am was launched this week with Allan Moffat at Sandown Raceway, the very same race track they both appeared at 50 years ago.
‘The Tickford Trans-Am represents not only our tribute to an iconic Mustang, but also our commitment in developing new and exciting engineering-led projects. Building on the success of recent projects such as the Bathurst ’77 Special, the Trans-Am has been a close collaboration with Allan Moffat, using resources from Tickford Racing to deliver a truly remarkable Mustang.’ said Rod Nash, Tickford CEO.
The Tickford Trans-Am Mustang will be offered in two variations, the Performance Edition and Performance Plus Edition, both using the naturally aspirated V8 with the Tickford 400 tune to boost power to 400kw in the manual version. Based on a customer-supplied standard Race Red Ford Mustang GT, in either auto or manual format, Tickford have created a truly modern interpretation of the ’69 model with a long list of modifications. (see specifications below)
In particular, such ’69 Trans-Am replica features include external decals of the iconic partners of the era and rear spoiler. While drawing on the resources of the Tickford Racing team in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, the Trans-Am receives engineered bespoke parts, such as the replica driving lights integrated into the front grille, an under-bonnet chassis strut bar and perhaps the most striking detail, development of exact replica 8-spoke 20” Minilite wheels.
One of the main features of the Performance Plus Edition, aside from the inclusion of a high-performance Wilwood 6- and 4-pot brake package, is the opportunity to participate in a number of unique Allan Moffat experiences and allow customers to hear first-hand from the man himself via various events and activities around the country.
Strictly limited to a maximum run of 100 vehicles, Tickford is now taking deposits allowing customers to choose their own build plate number (2-99) and secure this on a first-come, first-served basis. Production of these vehicles will commence in October 2019 and all vehicles will be built at Tickford’s facility in Epping, Victoria by the same team who created the Bathurst ’77 Special in 2017.
Customers will be able to use a ‘Race Red’ colour MY18/MY19/MY20 Mustang GT as the donor car for the enhancement edition.
Performance Edition – $32,995 incl. GST (excl. donor car)
Performance Plus Edition – $52,995 incl. GST (excl. donor car)
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT TICKFORD.COM.AU/TRANS-AM or call 1800 842 536