1969 Ford XW Falcon 'GT Replica' Sedan
Result: PASSED IN
|Colour||Wild Violet (Purple)|
|Wheels||Globe Bathurst alloys|
Ford released a new range of Falcons and Fairmont’s in mid-1969, featuring revised styling with new front and rear sheet metal, a recessed rear window and a revamped interior. Codenamed XW, the new model line-up was expanded by the return of the Futura, which sat between the basic Falcon and Falcon 500 models, and the top of the range Fairmont. Ford continued with the smaller sixes but buyers seeking more go could option the 302-cid V8, while the ‘hero’ GT offered near race car performance thanks to the potent 351-cid Windsor V8. The XW range brought with it a host of improvements across the board, including a new dashboard with collapsible steering column and the Fairmont and GT models were equipped with Kelsey-Hayes “Turbo-Cooled” front disc brakes. Two sixes were available, including the 3.1-litre (188-cid) and larger 3.6-litre (221-cid) units, with a three-speed manual gearbox standard (four-speed manual and automatic transmissions were both optional). The XW’s interior was a big step forward, with a new jet aircraft inspired dash featuring deeply recessed instruments and bucket seats optional across the range (both standard on Fairmont and GT models). Drawing inspiration from contemporary Mustangs, XW’s squared-off, more aggressive styling is arguably the toughest of the XR-XY series Fords and the model, in all its many guises, remains popular with collectors today.