2011 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction
Lot
34

1970 Ford Falcon XW GT Sedan

$68,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine 351ci V8 Windsor
Gearbox 4 speed Manual
Body Work Sedan
Colour Candy Apple Red
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Styled Steel
Brakes Disc / Drum

Description

This lot is no longer available

In May 1969, Ford introduced the latest model to wear the GT badge, based on the new Falcon XW range, and in doing so gave birth to a new generation of Aussie muscle cars. The XR and XT models may have been quick, but the XW GT was something else again courtesy of the gutsy new 351-cid Windsor V8. The new motor boosted power output to 290bhp, had a thumping 385 lb/ft of torque on tap and was sold with either the Toploader four-speed or C4 automatic transmissions. Other upgrades unique to the XW GT were stronger brakes (with ventilated Kelsey-Hayes front discs up front), a taller (3.25:1) final drive ratio, optionally larger 164-litre fuel tank and suspension upgrades to handle the extra power. Externally, the XW GT also raised the bar thanks to some wild graphics - the famous 'Superoo' logo made its first appearance, along with bonnet black-outs and scoop, side stripes, quartz-iodine driving lights and locking pins on the bonnet. The GT certainly looked the business outside and the interior also benefited from some changes, including a unique three-spoke steering wheel and full instrumentation. In early 1970 production of the 351-cid Windsor XWs ceased and was replaced with the 'Cleveland' 351 that would go on to power all remaining GT Falcons until the end of XB production. Power was now stated at an even 300bhp.

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