Ford’s classic GT Falcon burst onto the motoring scene in 1967, a high-performance sports sedan conceived by Ford’s Assistant Managing Director, American Bill Bourke with two key ambitions – to compete in the Bathurst 500 and spice up the Falcon range. The original XR GT was powered by the classic 289ci V8 small-block V8 - the same engine that powered every performance Ford from the Mustang to Cobra in the 1960s - combined with a close-ratio four-speed gearbox. The new model was a performance sensation when it was first unveiled, taking outright honours in the Hardie-Ferodo 500 at Bathurst and quickly establishing itself as the Blue Oval’s new hero car in Australia. When Ford revamped the Falcon in 1968, a GT version of the new XT was included in the model line-up right from the outset, priced at $4050. The big news for the XT GT was the 302ci V8 engine with four-barrel carburettor, developing 230 bhp at 4800 rpm, with slightly more torque than the old 289 giving improved top end performance. Other changes to the XT GT included a 3.00:1 limited slip diff, revised suspension, driving lights and wider six-inch rims. Buyers could choose between the standard four-speed manual or, for the first time, a three-speed auto transmission, indicating a shift towards the executive market by Ford. Further broadening the appeal of the model, the XT GT was now available in a range of colours, unlike the standard gold of its predecessor. The XT GTs may have been outclassed by Holden’s new Monaro 327 GTS at Bathurst in 1968 but there were some excellent results achieved by the model - notably Bill Gates and Jim Bertram’s win in the 12-Hour race at Surfers Paradise in January 1969 and the coveted Team Prize in the gruelling London-Sydney Marathon under the leadership of Harry Firth. When production of the XT GT ceased in mid-1969, some 1480 had been made of which 1163 had the manual gearbox and 317 were automatics. These early XR/XT Falcon GTs are highly prized collector’s items today, with a 1960s-era character lost on later models.
Very nice XT-model Ford Falcon GT
Classic Zircon Green colour
Factory Manual transmission
XT GTs firming in value all the time
When it comes to Australian-made muscle cars, only Holden’s original Monaro GTS challenges the various Ford Falcon GT models for enthusiast appeal. While the XY-model GT has long been the most desirable, the original XR-model and subsequent XT-model have been firming in favouritism in recent years. Here is a very nice example of an XT GT, finished in the now-iconic Zircon Green and black vinyl interior. Ours is the more favoured four-speed top-loader manual variant and it’s all as factory, except for the aftermarket internal rear venetian which adds a nice period touch. Its Zircon Green paint was refreshed several years ago and remains in excellent condition, bar a couple of minor blemishes. The 302 V8 has also been rebuilt and fitted with roller-rockers, the only external tell-tale a pair of cleverly extended rocker covers. This XT-model Falcon GT is in very nice has a real presence. Originally sold by Hastings-Deering Ford dealers in Lidcombe (NSW) in May 1969, our XT GT is one of just 16 built with this specification. It comes with an ACCHS Report verifying production details. A terrific example, this 1969 Falcon GT would be ideal for the collector or Ford enthusiast. Previously on Victorian club registration, this 1969 Ford Falcon GT is being offered for sale unregistered.
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