1969 Ford Falcon GT


1969 Ford Falcon GT

1969 Ford Falcon GT

The XW GT ushered in the era of the real muscle car GTs, the first with the big 351 engines combined with powerful, aggressive styling and large bonnet scoop. Again, it was the first Australian car to feature standard bonnet locking pins, racing exterior mirror, anti-glare bonnet rally panels, styled fuel cap, separate dual exhausts exiting at each corner, styled 12-slot sports wheels, baggy 70-series radial tyres, long distance fuel tank and large ventilated front disc brakes. The XW also saw the introduction of the Phase I and II GT-HO homologation models, which were the first local performance cars to feature a full-width front spoiler.

The earlier 351 Windsor V8 was replaced by the famed 351 Cleveland engine during the XW model life. The standard XW GT, launched in June 1969, was joined by the Windsor-engined Phase I GT-HO in August and, one year later by the Cleveland-powered Phase II GT-HO.

The XW GT also introduced the Super Roo as performance was what the four barrel 351 was all about while the HOs were out-and-out race homologation specials developed for the Touring Car Championship. Engine power jumped dramatically, braking and handling were also greatly improved and racing fans soon had heroes like Moffat and the Geoghegans to cheer for.

1969 Ford Falcon GT

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
production251
engineWindsor 351 V8
positionFront, Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainPushrod OHV
fuel feedFord Autolite 4300 450CFM 4-Barrel Downdraught Carburettor
displacement5752 cc / 351 in³
bore102 mm / 4.02 in
stroke89 mm / 3.5 in
compression10.7:1
power216.3 kw / 290 bhp @ 4800 rpm
specific output50.42 bhp per litre
bhp/weight193.33 bhp per tonne
torque521.99 nm / 385 ft lbs @ 3200 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
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, 1.29:1, 1.00:1, :1
final drive3.00:1