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1967 Ford Falcon GT

1967 Ford Falcon GT

1967 Ford Falcon GT

This was the car that started the Australian Falcon GT legend! Developed from the special Police Interceptor Pack Falcon, the GT was the brainchild of dynamic Ford Australia Managing Director, Bill Bourke. The experts told Ford that a GT came only with 2 doors but Ford went ahead anyway with the definitive Aussie 4-door GT based on the XR series, resplendent in its own exclusive colour, GT Gold. Its unique charcoal interior featured the sportier ZA Fairlane bucket seats, wood-grained steering wheel, dash and matching gear knob and special Stewart-Warner full instrumentation. Appointments were a cut above the XR Fairmont.

The new GT was also the first full-size Australian family car variation to offer a total performance and appearance package with extra safety including the Mustang 289 V8 with Australia’s first four barrel carburettor, 4-speed manual gearbox, sports suspension with radial tyres on 5.5 inch rims and steering wheel impact pad, all standard.

Its GT stripes down the sides and across the boot, distinctive GT medallions and grille blackouts caused a sensation when the first GT was released in May 1967 as a limited edition model late in the XR series. In October, the real reason for its creation became apparent as the new GT Falcon took the ‘King of the Mountain’ title at Bathurst thereby establishing the foundations for V8 Supercars into the 21st Century.

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Mustang 289 V8
position Front Longitudinal
valvetrain Pushrod OHV
fuel feed Ford Autolite 4300 446CFM 4-Barrel Downdraught Carburettor
displacement 4736 cc / 289.0 in³
bore 102 mm / 4.02 in
stroke 73 mm / 2.87 in
compression 9.8:1
power 167.8 kw / 225 bhp @ 4800 rpm
specific output 47.51 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 157.45 bhp per tonne
torque 413.52 nm / 305 ft lbs @ 3200 rpm
front tires 185SR14 radial
rear tires 185SR14 radial
front brakes Discs w/Hydraulic Assist
f brake size x 270 mm / x 10.6 in
rear brakes Drums w/Hydraulic Assist
r brake size x 254 mm / x 10.0 in
front wheels F 35.6 x 14.0 cm / 14 x 5.5 in
rear wheels R 35.6 x 14.0 cm / 14 x 5.5 in
steering Recirculating Ball
f suspension Wishbones w/Spring over Strut-Type Dampers, Anti Roll Bar
r suspension Live Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
curb weight 1429 kg / 3150 lbs
wheelbase 2819 mm / 111.0 in
front track 1473 mm / 58.0 in
rear track 1473 mm / 58.0 in
length 4689 mm / 184.6 in
width 1875 mm / 73.8 in
height 1389 mm / 54.7 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.78:1, 1.93:1, 1.36:1, 1.00:1, :1
final drive 2.93:1
top speed ~194.7 kph / 121.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~9.6 seconds