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 by Richard Owen
production 1415
engine Mustang 302 V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod OHV
fuel feed Ford Autolite 4300 441CFM 4-Barrel Downdraught Carburettor
displacement 4949 cc / 302 in³
bore 102 mm / 4.02 in
stroke 76 mm / 2.99 in
compression 10.0:1
power 171.5 kw / 230 bhp @ 4800 rpm
specific output 46.47 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 159.28 bhp per tonne
torque 420.3 nm / 310 ft lbs @ 3200 rpm
driven wheels RWD
front tires 185SR14 radial
rear tires 185SR14 radial
front brakes Discs w/Servo Assistance
f brake size x 270 mm / x 10.6 in
rear brakes Drums w/Servo Assistance
r brake size x 254 mm / x 10.0 in
front wheels F 35.6 x 15.2 cm / 14 x 6 in
rear wheels R 35.6 x 15.2 cm / 14 x 6 in
steering Recirculating Ball w/Power Assist
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 1444 kg / 3183 lbs
wheelbase 2819 mm / 111.0 in
front track 1486 mm / 58.5 in
rear track 1486 mm / 58.5 in
length 4688 mm / 184.6 in
width 1875 mm / 73.8 in
height 1389 mm / 54.7 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual or 3-Speed C4 Automatic
gear ratios 2.78:1, 1.93:1, 1.36:1, 1.00:1, :1
final drive 2.93:1
top speed ~199.6 kph / 124.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~8.4 seconds