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 by Richard Owen
production 251
engine Windsor 351 V8
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod OHV
fuel feed Ford Autolite 4300 450CFM 4-Barrel Downdraught Carburettor
displacement 5752 cc / 351 in³
bore 102 mm / 4.02 in
stroke 89 mm / 3.5 in
compression 10.7:1
power 216.3 kw / 290 bhp @ 4800 rpm
specific output 50.42 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 193.33 bhp per tonne
torque 521.99 nm / 385 ft lbs @ 3200 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
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, 1.29:1, 1.00:1, :1
final drive 3.00:1