Championship winning Ford set to reach $1 million

Glenn Seton’s 1997 Australian Touring Car Championship winning EL Ford Falcon will go under the hammer this weekend and is set to become the country’s next million-dollar automotive collectable.

The vehicle was built for the 1996 Bathurst 1000, where it won pole position and set a benchmark speed of 302km/h on Conrod Straight, which stood until 2014.

“Glenn Seton is a true motorsport legend in Australia, and it is an honour to be able to auction one of the most impressive sporting vehicles and pass it on to its next custodians,” said Chief Operating Officer for Lloyds Auctions, Lee Hames.

Seton won the championship in the first year of the new 5-litre V8 era in the Ford, it was then driven by Neil Crompton in 1998 and 1999. Lloyds said the car has a total of eight years racing life and has not been raced since 2002.

“The new owner will not just be buying a piece of extremely rare motorsport history, but they will now have the opportunity to create their own memories,” added Hames. The car is in immaculate condition and the current owner is to be commended for this,” he added.

The winning bidder of the car will also receive the 1998 championship helmet, race suit and Shell series banner all signed by Seton.

Lloyds said the auction will be one of its biggest classic car events ever, featuring more than 300 vehicles, including Kerry Packer’s 1977 Jaguar XJS, an HSV VN SS Group A build #002 of only 302 built, Russell Ingall’s 2000 Castrol V8 Supercar and many other classic Australian, American, and European vehicles.

Queenslanders can register to get free tickets for the auction. For people unable to attend, the auction will be live-streamed for free on the Lloyds Auctions website, and on its YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The Seton Falcon will be auctioned from 12pm this Saturday, 31 July. Bids can be made in person on the day, or you can view the car and bid online.

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