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1:18 Scale Biante / AutoArt Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 - Sunburst Metallic
Item No. A72576
Limited Edition: 1,008pcs Worldwide
RRP: $195.00 
Members Pre-Ordered Price: $185.00
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1:18 Scale Biante / AutoArt Street Machine Blown Ford XR Falcon GT - Purple Passion Pearl w/ Orange GT Stripes
Item No. A72892
Limited Edition: T.B.A
Release Date: 2nd Quarter 2013
RRP: $195.00 
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Biante Model Cars are extremely excited to present to you the 1:18 Scale Ford XR Falcon Street Machine in the absolutely stunning Passion Purple Pearl with Orange GT Stripes & White Interior colour scheme. This is a new addition to our Street Machine or custom range and we think it could be the most popular yet.
 
After the successful responses we received from stores and collectors about the previously released Candy Red and Candy Blue Street Machines, it was time we introduced a new model to the range and the XR presents a nice combination of classic pedigree and instant street credibility.
As you can see, this XR is a fully custom job. Similar to our previously released street machines, the engine block and blower are a real stand out feature on this model. Under (and partially through) the bonnet is a 351 Windsor V8 engine including a 6:71 Supercharger with twin four barrel Holly carbs and a bug catcher scoop.
 
While the engine is impressive, many would agree that the paint job and interior are also particularly eye-catching. Designed in house by the Biante R&D team, the exterior features a gorgeous Passion Purple paint job with Orange striping down each side and across the rear boot lid. Inside it gets even better with the crisp white interior working in a beautiful combination with the rest of the car.
Nicknamed ‘Bruiser’ as you can see from the number plates and including chrome features throughout, this is one impressive model
 

1:18 Scale Biante / AutoArt Holden LH Torana SL/R5000 L34 - Azure Blue
Item No. A73478
Limited Edition: T.B.A
Release Date: 2nd Quarter 2013
RRP: $195.00 
Members Pre-Order Price: $185.00
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The infamous “Supercar Scare” of 1972 had a profound effect on Australian car manufacturers, with the big three, Holden, Ford and Chrysler all cancelling various “Supercar” projects due to political pressure and public backlash. The theory behind the scare was fairly straight forward; politicians were becoming increasingly worried about fast, high performance race cars being made available to every day road users. These fast cars were becoming more readily available to the public due to the manufacturers having to produce limited numbers of their high performance models as a road car version so they would be eligible to race - with Bathurst being the main crown they were chasing.

These events in 1972 provide an interesting backdrop to Holden’s release of their LH Torana SLR 5000 “L34” option in 1974. It is interesting because, in 1972, Holden were the first manufacturer to bow to public pressure and cancel its V8 Torana program, and only 2 years later they were delivering a brute of a racing option SLR 5000 in the form of the L34. Holden knew that they couldn’t afford another public stir with this model and they only had to release a very limited number of the L34 options in order to make the model eligible for racing.

In August of 1974, Holden announced the L34 to its dealer network. Normally a new or upgraded model such as this would bring a raft of advertising and announcements from the manufacturer, but the L34 was released very quietly and in rather sneaky circumstances. According to many sources, Holden were so careful as to not alert the public / government of this car’s upgrades that many of the L34’s in showrooms weren’t fully complete with all their running gear, and some even suggest that Holden instructed its dealer network that buyers needed to apply to purchase the car, and it would only be sold to them if they were in possession of a CAMS competition license. They only wanted very skilled and responsible drivers to be cruising the streets in this particular car.

With a 5.0 litre 308ci engine developed by Repco Engine developments and many other mechanical upgrades the L34 was certainly a superior model to the standard SLR 5000 and was just over $2000 more expensive. The upgrades however, wouldn’t turn the L34 into a ridiculously fast street car though, with much of the upgrades focussing on durability with running at Bathurst purely in mind. This theory was backed up by the cars performance figures; 240bhp (179kW) @ 4800rpm and 315 ft-lbs (407Nm) of torque @3000rpm which were identical to the standard SLR 5000’s figures. All of the base ingredients were there for racing success and to further ensure the L34’s racing pedigree, Holden devised a High Output non factory option that would certainly give the performance figures a real kick. For an extra $1500, the High Output option was effectively a bolt on racing kit filled with parts for competitors to turn their car into a true racing machine.
Biante Model Cars are very pleased to present to you the opportunity to place your orders for the 1:18 Scale Holden LH Torana SLR 5000 L34 in Azure Blue. This is a beautifully produced model with high quality finishing and signature L34 Flares and round head lights. To ensure you don’t miss out on this fantastic model, please place your orders as soon as possible.
 

1:18 Scale Biante / AutoArt Johnson / Schuppan 1977 Bathurst Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop
Item No. A87715
Limited Edition: T.B.A
Release Date: 2nd Quarter 2013
RRP: $195.00
Members Pre-Order Price: $185.00
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When Ford fans are asked about the 1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst, they immediately recall the memorable 1-2 form finish of Allan Moffat and Colin Bond in their pair of Moffat Ford Dealers Falcon XC Coupes. But while they (quite rightfully) claimed all of the headlines, a piece of Bathurst history also unfolded in that race relating to a man that would inherit the mantle of ‘Ford hero’ from Moffat.
Queenslander Dick Johnson may have been making his fourth start in The Great Race, but it was the first time he made it in a V8 Falcon. While he would later come to be famous in Australian motor racing for carrying the #17, for Bathurst in 1977 his Bryan Byrt Ford-backed entry carried the #13 with Aussie international Vern Schuppan as co-driver.
Schuppan had won the Rookie of the Year Award at the Indianapolis 500 the previous year and was returning to Bathurst after co-driving with Allan Moffat in 1976. Team owner Byrt spared no expense on a big attack on the Mountain classic for that year.

“Byrtie spent heaps of dollars in 1977,” Johnson recalled in his book, ‘Dick Johnson: The True Story of a Folk Hero’. “He was well and truly into a couple of hundred thousand, I’d say. She was the full Hollywood production. Vern had been there the year before with Moffat, but he never really seemed to come to grips with the car.”
The duo was behind the wheel of the XB GT model, while Moffat’s cars had been updated to the latest XC specification front bodywork. A total of 11 Falcons ended up starting that year’s race. Johnson and Schuppan qualified 15th on the grid, clocking a 2m30.0s lap time compared to the pole time set by Peter Brock’s Bill Patterson Racing Torana A9X that set a 2m24.1s time.
The 163-lap race didn’t start well for the Bryan Byrt Ford entry, Johnson into the pits after just 10 laps with brake troubles. And it didn’t get much better from that point onwards either!
A spin into the sand at Murray’s Corner cost the #13 Falcon a few laps while it was retrieved (remember this was in the time before Safety Cars!) and a flat tyre also sent it to the pits at one stage.

Eventually, with 124 laps completed, the Falcon cried enough and was retired. The engine had popped a couple of cam followers out the holes earlier in the race and lost oil pressure, though the team had rebuilt it and returned to the track only for bearing damage and a rod dropping through the sump to finish off their Mountain assault. They were just one of 38 retirements from the field of 60 cars that started that year’s race. The 1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 would also prove to be the last Bathurst for Bryan Byrt given the Ford dealer would pass away of cancer the following year.
But Johnson would return to the Mountain for two more years in cars carrying the Bryan Byrt name before forming Dick Johnson Racing in 1980, building the Tru-Blu Falcon, hitting ‘the rock’, building another Tru-Blu Falcon and finally claiming a Bathurst victory in 1981.

Biante are pleased to be able to present the opportunity to place your orders for the 1:18 Scale Ford XB Falcon GT hardtop driven by Dick Johnson and Vern Schuppan in the 1977 Hardie Ferodo 1000. This is another important addition to the Biante Dick Johnson Collection, to ensure you don’t miss out on this fantastic model, please place your orders as soon as possible.
 
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