It’s been called “over the top” for its incredible design … the scope of the build was ambitious … now it has received acknowlegement on two continents … and it continues to wow everyone who sees it as it seems to be morphing into something bigger than it originally was conceived. The exteme custom sensation is an Austrailian 1978 Ford Falcon XC coupe that was transformed into a street machine with exotic car status. You might say it is “X-Ceptional.”
This car established a reputation for Austrailian car designer Adam LeBrese as a top custom builder from down under. It was chosen as Street Machine magazine’s Car of the Year. His XC features suicide doors, all re-fabbed sheet metal and hand crafted tubular chassis. Notice the low, lean look compliments of the full on air ride system and flared front fenders. The unique look incorporates suicide doors and machined alloy and leather interior with tucked bumpers and pumped front guards. The 351 Cleveland (“Clevo” as Adam says) has been stroked to 393 cubic inches with Edelbrock alloy heads, Belle crank and fed with Weber velocity stacks for incredible power. There is nothing quite like the sound of this engine revving with those velocity stacks doing some heavy breathing. LeBrese says the front suspension is all his own original design. It has an air bag system and is backed up with a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission. The rear end is a custom Ford 9″ with a center lever 4-link.
LeBrese was especially proud of the F1 style lever-action suspension which was his own concept. With this center force style system the shocks are mounted in the frame itself. You will see in the video below that he also included a full Air Ride system.
Classic Car Marketing is offering this custom muscle car for sale here in the U.S. This is the kind of car you’d expect to see at a Barrett-Jackson Auction. It’s critical acclaim has won LeBrese considerable notice world wide. Another Austrailian custom car builder considers LeBrese to be on a par with many of the custom builders from the U.S. Austrailian car builder Justin Hill told Classic Car Marketing that he considers LeBrese to be the Austrailian equivalent of Troy Trepanier here in the U.S. (Click this link to view the latest post we did on Trepanier’s ’69 Talladega at the Detroit Autorama.)
This car was featured in Street Machine magazine back home in Austrailia. It also won top awards at such shows as MotorEx ’11. Then Meguiars sponsored the car to come to the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. After SEMA, LeBrese too the car to another level by completely disassembling it and painting it a pearl white with black matte hood finish.
Today you see it with a custom paint job adding to the intense custom look. This car is for sale through Classic Car Marketing of Southern California. Classic Car Marketing is establishing a reputation for handling the sale of top level show cars like this one from a world class designer. Here is a chance to own a car from one of the world’s top custom car builders.
This car has been SOLD.
The photos you see on this page were done by Chris Thorogood, Auto Photograhpy & Design. You’ll find much of his work in Street Machine magazine out of Austrailia. Here’s his website: http://tapd.com.au/