Australia's Best Ever Show Car

Unveiled for the first time at this year’s Meguiar’s MotorEx is Dan and Kylie Morton’s 1971 XY Ford Fairmont ‘FORGED’. The origin of the name perfectly describing this build, meaning to create something strong, enduring or successful.

Could this be Australia's best ever built street machine? Through the years of car builds we have seen some amazing designs with outstanding innovation and fabrication. This year one stood out from the rest to take out MotorEx Grand Master in clean flush of first place awards, including: Super 6, Bodywork, Paint, Engine Bay, Engineering, Interior, Design/Execution and second in Display.

This project, spanning over a twelve-year period, started off as your run of the mill stock white Fairmont with a subtle red pin stripe and set of mud flaps - a lifetime ago from what this epic build now embodies. Now looking elegant and flawless in a custom PPR Forged Green Glasurit mix, along with every nut, bolt, washer, bracket, line, billet component seen/unseen finished in a burnt bronze and tungsten cerakote.

The longer you look at this Falcon you realise that it resembles an iceberg; you only see so much but there is a mountain of fabrication underneath every inch of this beast. Every part of this Aussie classic has been modified; the only original piece left on the entire car is a 400mm roof skin in the centre. If that’s where it starts, you’ll see the drip rail areas have been smoothed and fabricated along with the doors to form a seamless look.

The entire bodyline has been recreated from front to rear, widened through the hips contouring through to the rear doors. Taking a step back you can see the custom fabricated rear pillars, wheel arches and lowered sill panels, not to mention the countless hours going into the hand-made one-off bonnet and boot smoothed and re-designed from inside out. The custom one-piece side windows give that clean flow through to the flushed fitment of the front and rear glass.

The attention to detail on the extras such as the billet grille, headlight bezels and lower lip looks spectacular, unnoticeably lowered from original spot in a great innovative design. This allows room for the mind-blowing first of its kind pully system, in a stunning bronze cerakote. This system protrudes through the front of this custom-built chassis and sits perfectly under a custom fabricated PWR radiator with the spal fan on radiator running to smaller spal fans under the front fenders.

Which brings us to the go-fast bits. This 1971 Ford Fairmont is home to a 600hp Jon Kasse Boss 9, 600ci with stack electronic fuel injection backed by a TCI 4L60E 6X six-speed transmission sequential paddle shift. Whilst most of the highly-fabricated parts are hidden - the carbon fibre tail shaft, Strange Truetrac aluminium IRS nine-inch, custom fabricated A-arms and air ride shockwaves four corners are all there to be seen if you look hard enough.

The underside is just as fabricated as the top with a fully detailed custom sheet metal floor, with a main feature being the four-into-one headers and four-inch oval twin exhaust with an x-pipe that’ll flow into a billet-tipped eight-inch single tail pipe.

The interior is fully finished off in a stunning extra matt clear accentuating the custom fabricated flat floor, wheel tubs and centre console, even though inside is completely covered by the custom brown smoothed and embossed leather with feature stitching. The custom door panels are also something special featuring Mercedes-Benz armrests/handles with CNC speaker grills, fabricated to keep the original style in a new aged design helping show-case the one-piece glass. Fitting in perfectly also is a set of custom Lamborghini Gallardo seats for the front paired with matching rear seats.

This whole build is impressive in many of ways, but a stand-out feature would have to be the hidden integrated roll cage - believe us when we tell you it’s special. The cage has been seamlessly grafted throughout the pillars, roof, boot, and engine bay. There’s also over 800 hours in blocking the entire body, including the inner jams - colour sanded with 800 grit through to 5000 grit.

The bar has once again been set high in The Australian automotive history for many builds to come.


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