1968 Ford Falcon GT


1968 Ford Falcon GT

1968 Ford Falcon GT

The success of the XR GT saw rapid development of the XT version released in April 1968 as an ongoing model. It gained the more powerful 302 V8, a beefy new three-speed auto transmission option, wider 6-inch rims, lower suspension and heavier shockers. It was the first Aussie performance car to offer headlights to match its extra performance with new grille-mounted driving lights, a four-eyes performance tradition that would be revived in later Tickford models.

The XTs greatest claim to fame was the Teams Prize in the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon where the Ford team finished 3rd, 5th and 8th well ahead of many more fancied rally cars. It was extremely popular and sales doubled that of the XR. Compared to the XR GT’s exclusive exterior combination of GT Gold with black stripes, the XT was available in several colours with black-outs and colour-keyed side stripes.

1968 Ford Falcon GT

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
production1415
engineMustang 302 V8
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainPushrod OHV
fuel feedFord Autolite 4300 441CFM 4-Barrel Downdraught Carburettor
displacement4949 cc / 302 in³
bore102 mm / 4.02 in
stroke76 mm / 2.99 in
compression10.0:1
power171.5 kw / 230 bhp @ 4800 rpm
specific output46.47 bhp per litre
bhp/weight159.28 bhp per tonne
torque420.3 nm / 310 ft lbs @ 3200 rpm
driven wheelsRWD
front tires185SR14 radial
rear tires185SR14 radial
front brakesDiscs w/Servo Assistance
f brake sizex 270 mm / x 10.6 in
rear brakesDrums w/Servo Assistance
r brake sizex 254 mm / x 10.0 in
front wheelsF 35.6 x 15.2 cm / 14 x 6 in
rear wheelsR 35.6 x 15.2 cm / 14 x 6 in
steeringRecirculating Ball w/Power Assist
f suspensionWishbones w/Spring over Strut-Type Dampers, Anti Roll Bar
r suspensionLive Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
curb weight1444 kg / 3183 lbs
wheelbase2819 mm / 111.0 in
front track1486 mm / 58.5 in
rear track1486 mm / 58.5 in
length4688 mm / 184.6 in
width1875 mm / 73.8 in
height1389 mm / 54.7 in
transmission4-Speed Manual or 3-Speed C4 Automatic
gear ratios2.78:1, 1.93:1, 1.36:1, 1.00:1, :1
final drive2.93:1
top speed~199.6 kph / 124.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~8.4 seconds