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 cu.in 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 byRichard Owen
engine351 Cleveland 351 V8
positionFront, Longitudinal
valvetrainPushrod OHV
fuel feedHolley 750CFM 4-Barrel Downdraught Carburettor
displacement5752 cc / 351.0 in³
bore102 mm / 4.02 in
stroke89 mm / 3.5 in
power223.7 kw / 300 bhp @ 5400 rpm
specific output52.16 bhp per litre
bhp/weight200.0 bhp per tonne
torque515.21 nm / 380 ft lbs @ 3400 rpm
driven wheelsRWD w/LSD
front tiresER70H14 radials
rear tiresER70H14 radials
front brakesVented Discs w/Servo Assist
f brake sizex 286 mm / x 11.3 in
rear brakesDrums w/Servo Assist
r brake sizex 254 mm / x 10.0 in
front wheelsF 35.6 x 15.2 cm / 14 x 6.0 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, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1500 kg / 3307 lbs
wheelbase2819 mm / 111.0 in
front track1496 mm / 58.9 in
rear track1486 mm / 58.5 in
length4689 mm / 184.6 in
width1869 mm / 73.6 in
height1397 mm / 55.0 in
transmission4-Speed Close-Ratio Manual
gear ratios2.32:1, 1.69:1, 1.23:1, 1.00:1, :1
final drive3.50:1
top speed~217.3 kph / 135.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~6.3 seconds

Story by Bonhams & Goodman, Supercars.net