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1969 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase II

1969 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase II

The GT-HO Phase II was the second evolution of the homologated Ford Falcon. It was specifically homologated for the Australian touring car championship.

Changes from the first generation include:

-A Holley 750cfm 4 barrel downdraught carburettor
-Single to Twin point distributor
-9in Daytona, Detroit Locker Differential
-Brake dust shields removed
-Wider & Finned Rear Drums
-5-Slot Chromed Steel Wheels

At their Collectors Motor Cars auction, Bonhams and Goodman offered our feature Phase II. An excerpt of their catalogue follows:

Born out of the desire to beat Holden and Chrysler in what were arguably the halcyon days of the Australian Touring Car Championship the Ford Falcon GT.HOs, be it Phase I, II or III, were little more than race cars on the road, built in small numbers to ensure that homologation rules were not breached. While the whole of the range of Ford Falcon GTs are desirable, it is the GT.HOs that stand out in a crowd and are therefore the most collectable today.

The GT.HO Phase IIs started to roll off the production line in June 1970. They were powered by the latest version of the Cleveland 351 motor that, breathing through a 780cfm Holley carburetor, produced some 300bhp at 5,400rpm. Further improvements from its GT.HO predecessors could be found in, amongst other areas, the transmission including a close ratio gearbox and a 9-inch Daytona differential with a ratio of 3.50:1. The improvements boosted the already impressive performance of the GT range and with top speeds of around 217kph (135mph) and the ability to cover a standing start 1/4 mile in just over 14 seconds in standard road trim the GT.HO Phase II was a force to be reckoned with.

Only 287 GT.HO Phase IIs were made by the Ford Motor Co. and only a small proportion of these survive to this day. It is interesting to note that the GT.HO Phase IIs were the only GT.HOs never to be defeated at Bathurst.

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
production 411
engine 351 Cleveland 351 V8
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod OHV
fuel feed Holley 750CFM 4-Barrel Downdraught Carburettor
displacement 5752 cc / 351.0 in³
bore 102 mm / 4.02 in
stroke 89 mm / 3.5 in
compression 11.0:1
power 223.7 kw / 300 bhp @ 5400 rpm
specific output 52.16 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 200.0 bhp per tonne
torque 515.21 nm / 380 ft lbs @ 3400 rpm
driven wheels RWD w/LSD
front tires ER70H14 radials
rear tires ER70H14 radials
front brakes Vented Discs w/Servo Assist
f brake size x 286 mm / x 11.3 in
rear brakes Drums w/Servo Assist
r brake size x 254 mm / x 10.0 in
front wheels F 35.6 x 15.2 cm / 14 x 6.0 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, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1500 kg / 3307 lbs
wheelbase 2819 mm / 111.0 in
front track 1496 mm / 58.9 in
rear track 1486 mm / 58.5 in
length 4689 mm / 184.6 in
width 1869 mm / 73.6 in
height 1397 mm / 55.0 in
transmission 4-Speed Close-Ratio Manual
gear ratios 2.32:1, 1.69:1, 1.23:1, 1.00:1, :1
final drive 3.50:1
top speed ~217.3 kph / 135.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~6.3 seconds

Story by Bonhams & Goodman,