XR Falcon GT info

8 Months after the release of the new XR range, Ford released the XR GT Falcon. Powered by a 289 cubic inch Windsor V8 motor, it became very popular

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On April 18, 1967, Ford's General Sales Manager, Keith Horner, issued a Confidential Dealer Bulletin headed "Falcon GT". The bulletin was short and to the point. The new model would be a "High Performance" vehicle especially suitable for trial and stock car racing but flexible enough and luxurious enough for normal car use.

It will be available in one colour "GT Gold" with charcoal trim, have a high-performance, 4 barrel, 289 cubic inch V8 Windsor with 225hp. A floor mounted manual transmission with synchromesh on all four speeds, special suspension, wider rimmed wheels, radial ply tyres and a 16:1 steering ratio with power steering "optional". The bulletin continued…The price was $3,890.00.

The XR Falcon GT was indeed an instant success and the 596 units built

between March 1967 and February 1968 sold as quickly as they were built.

It quickly established its credibility with a convincing 1-2 victory in the

Bathurst 500 mile classic

XR GT Falcon information:

  • Available in GT Gold - 684 (Used to be accepted as 596 total cars)

  • Available in Avis White F131 - 1

  • Available in Russet Bronze F782 - 1

  • Available in Gallaher Silver F166 or SPEC - 8

  • Available in Ivy Green metallic X - 1

  • Total number produced - 695

  • The Russet Bronze car was Bill Bourkes company car

  • The Avis White car was Geoghegan Bros 1967 race car

  • The Green car was Firth /Gibson 1967 race car

  • The Silver cars were Gallaher Cigarette Company cars

  • Black strips down the along the sills and strip across boot

  • V8 badges on front guards and centre of dash

  • GT badges on rear roof pillar and boot and grill

  • Identification plate is located on the left side of radiator support panel

  • First 4 digits read 'JG33'. The fifth digit is the date 1967 - G or 1968 - H

  • Engine code should be a 'K' for 289 HiPo

  • Transmission code should read 'L' for the 4 speed

  • The dash has a full size tachometer calibrated to 6000rpm

  • Speedo calibrated to 140 MPH

  • Other gauges present are fuel, water temperature and oil pressure

  • Sports steering wheel with wood grain rim and 3 spokes

  • XR GT Falcon Engine Specifications:

    • Windsor 289 V8 - 4.727 litres

    • Bore & Stroke - 102 x 73mm (4.00 x 2.87in)

    • Power: 168kW (225bhp) @ 4800rpm

    • Torque: 414Nm (305lb-ft) @ 3200rpm

    • Compression Ratio: 9.8:1

    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, 60 degree V8

    • Head Design: Pushrod & Rocker OHV with hydraulic lifters

    • Fuel System: Ford Autolite '4300' 446cfm 4 barrel downdraught carburettor

    • Ignition System: Single point distributor

    • Exhaust System: Cast iron manifold, low restriction single exhaust

  • Manual Gearbox :

    • Type: 4 speed all-synchro

    • 1st: 2.78:1

    • 2nd: 1.93:1

    • 3rd: 1.36:1

    • 4th: 1.00:1

    • Reverse: 2.78:1

  • Rear Axle:

    • Type: Borg Warner four pinion open wheeler

    • Ratio: 2.93:1

  • Suspension:

    • Front: Independent ball joint, coil springs, shock absorbers, wishbones and anti-roll bar

    • Rear: Hotchkiss type with semi-elliptic leaf springs, shock absorbers and live axle

  • Brakes:

    • Front: 279mm (11in) Servo assisted Discs

    • Rear: 254mm (10in) Servo assisted Drums

  • Steering:

    • Type: Re-circulating ball power assistance (Optional)

    • Ratio: 16:1

  • Wheels & Tyres:

    • Wheels: 5.5 x 14 - Stainless steel wheel trim

    • Tyres: 185 x 14

  • Instrumentation:

    • Speedometer: 140mph

    • Tachometer: 6000rpm

    • Oil Pressure: Gauge

    • Water Temperature: Gauge

    • Fuel: Gauge

    • Ignition: Warning Light

    • High Beam: Warning Light

  • Dimensions:

    • Length: 4689mm (184.6in)

    • Width: 1875mm (73.8in)

    • Height: 1389mm (54.7in)

    • Wheelbase: 2819mm (111.0in)

    • Front Track: 1486mm (58.5in)

    • Rear Track: 1486mm (58.5in)

    • Weight: 1429kg (3150lb)

    • Turning Circle: 11.0m (36.6ft)

    • Fuel Tank: 75lt (16.4 gallons)

    • Seating: 5
       

  • Performance:

    • Top Speed: 195km/h (121mph)

    • 0 - 60mph (0 - 100 km/h) - 9.7 seconds

    • Standing 1/4 mile (400m) - 15.8 second

De-Coding XR GT Falcon Identification numbers:

o   JG33 AB 12345

o   J = the country of production (Australia)

o   G = the assembly plant (Broadmeadows)

o   33 = the model of car (Falcon GT Sedan)

o   A = the year of production (See chart below for year and month codes)

o   B = the month of production (See chart below for year and month codes)

o   12345 = a unique 5 digit Serial Number identifying each vehicle

 

 

 

XR Date Codes:


 

Body prefix and VIN numbers of Australian produced cars:

XR GT Falcons had a VIN number starting with 'LD' and five numbers following starting with ‘5’ and all ending in a "C". Eg. LD 12345 C

The engine number was stamped behind the alternator, on the front of the block .

XR GT's also had a body prefix and serial number stamped on the radiator support panel, passenger side, as was stamped on the I.D. plate. Eg; JG33GH 12345

XR GT Falcons have engine code ‘K’ stamped on the I.D. plate which stands for '289 - 4V'

XR GT Falcons have ‘L’ for transmission code for four speed manual transmission.

XR GT Falcon Paint Codes:

o   T = GT Gold

o   K = Silver Grey Metallic

o   F 166 = Gallagher GT Silver

o   X = Ivy Green Metallic

o   F 131 = Avis White
 

XR GT Falcon Engine Code:

o   K = 289 4V (* there were a small number of 302 4V engines fitted during Sept, Oct, Nov 1967)

 

XR GT Falcon Transmission Codes:

o   L = Four speed manual
 

XR GT Falcon Trim Codes:

o   U = Charcoal Grey
 

XR GT Falcon Model Code: 18638

XR GT Falcon Body Identification: 54H

XR GT Falcon Production Numbers between March 1967 – February 1968:

o   1967 = 558 XR GT Falcons produced

o   1968 = 38 XR GT Falcons produced

source: uniquecarsandparts.com.au  - www.acchs.com.au