XW Falcon GT info

The first of the XW Falcon GTs rolled off the Broadmeadows assembly line In May 1969. Ford went to the next level with the XW GT by fitting the 351 4V (4V= 4 Venturi Carburettor) Windsor V8, putting out 290 bhp (217KW) and 385 ft/lbs of torque. A significant 60bhp increase over the 230hp 302 XT GT.

With a final drive ratio of 3.25:1, bigger brakes, a massive 36 gallon (164 litre) fuel tank and suspension mods to handle the extra power and torque, the XW GT was the ultimate grand tourer.


In 1970 Ford Australia, further refined the XW GT in 1970, with the addition of a Cleveland 351 4V engine. The 'Cleveland' featured a new engine block and 'Closed Chamber' cylinder heads making 300bhp in standard form.


Both 351 Windsor and 351 Cleveland XW GT Falcons were mated to Top Loader 4 speeds or the T-Bar 'Cruiseomatic' 3 speed FMX.

Enter the HO. When released, only two months after the XW GT, the HO was a real street racer. HO stood for "Handling Option" according to Ford Australia, but most of the modifications added by Ford racing boss Al Turner were to the 'high output' engine, which now developed 300bhp. 

The GT HO 351 got a bigger carburettor (600 Holley vs 450cfm Autolite) , hydraulic valve lifters, a revised camshaft, high output alternator, alloy inlet manifold as well as a heavier front roll bar, beefed-up coils, stiffer shocks and a new rear roll bar and three-inch heavy duty tailshaft.

Upon its debut at the 1969 Bathurst Hardie Ferodo 500 an XW GTHO came in second place, due to the wrong tyre choice which saw the works cars pitting for unscheduled stops throughout the day. The GTHO also saw the debut of the now famous "Super Roo" emblem, the tyre burning kangaroo.

Some late XW GT HOs were fitted with the 351 Cleveland and became known as the Phase 1.5. Using the XW GT hydraulic Cleveland engine (but with 600cfm Holley), wide ratio gearbox, 28 spline diff, standard drums, etc. they were produced around March & April 1970. They were no comparison for the upcoming GTHO Phase IIs..  

The 351 Cleveland powered Phase II GTHO which commenced production in June 1970 sported a 780cfm Vacuum Secondary Holley carburettor, improved gear ratios with a lower 3.5:1 rear axle. Other changes to the Phase II included, solid camshaft & lifters, thicker push rods, screw in studs, guide plates, long extension housing close ratio gearbox, "Daytona" diff (which incorporated a nodular iron carrier, 31 spline rear axles, larger pinion flange and bearings, larger axle bearings, etc), bigger diameter tail shaft, larger universal joints, 2.5" wide finned drums, brake proportioning valve, etc  Power was never officially rated by Ford Australia, but believed to be 350-360BHP

Allan Moffat won the Bathurst Hardie Ferodo 500 in a GTHO Phase II after leading the race from the second lap

Production of the XW GT model resulted in 2,287 GTs from May 1969 to October 1970 and 662 GT HOs from Juty 1969 to October 1970.

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

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  • 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

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