2019 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction

1971 Ford Falcon XY GT Sedan

$240,000 - $280,000


Engine 351ci V8
Gearbox Four-speed Manual
Engine No. JG33LJ15136K
Chassis No. JG33LJ15136K
Body Work Sedan
Colour Vermillion Fire
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Styled Steel 5 Slots with Trims and Caps
Brakes Disc/drum

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Regarded as one of the greatest Aussie muscle cars of all time, the XY Falcon GT was launched in November 1970 as an evolution of the outgoing XW model. Ford further enhanced the mighty Cleveland 351-ci V8 by adding a bigger Autolite 600 cfm four-barrel carburettor and raising the compression ratio to 11.0:1, boosting power output to a thumping 300 horsepower at 5400 rpm and torque to 380 lb/ft at 3400 rpm. Three diff ratios were available (3.0:1 was standard, 3.5:1 and 3.91:1 optional), along with a choice of four-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmissions. Externally, the XY GT retained the matt black bonnet panels, grille and rear panel and Super Roo decals but introduced the iconic ‘Shaker’ bonnet scoop for the first time. Ford also improved the GT’s braking capabilities by installing bigger Kelsey-Hayes discs up front and the wheels were also stronger, using a distinctive five-slot design. The GT could be ordered with a larger 36-gallon fuel tank, along other factory options such as a wind-back sunroof, air conditioning, Globe alloy wheels, radio and 8-track cassette deck. On sale for just two years, the XY GT was built in strictly limited numbers; just 757 were made in 1970, 800 in 1971, and a further 300 GTHO Phase IIIs used to homologate the model for racing. The XY GT enjoyed a stellar race career; Allan Moffat and the Falcon dominated Bathurst in 1971, Fords filling all but one of the top six places in the classic enduro that year. The ultimate development of a family of fast Fords that began with the XR GT in 1967, the XY GT remains a fantastically capable road burner today and one of the most collectible Australian muscle cars ever made.


  • Classic XY-model Falcon GT
  • One of just 14 with this specification
  • Iconic Vermillion Fire paintwork
  • ACCHS Report 
  • Original condition
Well-known in the tight-knit Falcon GT circles, this 1971 XY-model is widely regarded as one of the best ‘unrestored’ example of its type. Finished in the iconic shade of Vermillion Fire, our car was one of 18 models sold by Hobart Ford Dealer, Southern Motors, with the dealer sticker still on the rear window. More importantly, it is one of just 14 of a total of 1530 examples made built to this particular specification, making it a rare car indeed. Outside, the paint is in very good condition with evidence of some touching up in places, while under the bonnet patina is much more evident, with all of its original hardware still there. Inside, the black vinyl is in great condition with everything as it should be. Our Falcon GT has covered just over 58,000 miles, (At time of Cataloguing) believed genuine. The original steel 5 slot wheels with centre caps and trims are wrapped with redwall tyres, and it comes with a set of driving light covers, original factory vinyl wallet with owner’s manuals, a period Ford Falcon GT brochure, a spare set of keys and its original Tasmanian numberplates. There’s also an Australian Classic Car History Report verifying its original production details. For the serious Ford GT or Australian muscle car collector, this represents what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Very definitely one to be seen in person to appreciate. Formerly on full Victorian registration. The GT will be offered for sale unregistered.

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