1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III


1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III

1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III

The GT-HO Phase III was the third evolution of the GT-HO series, and was the greatest Australian supercar of its time. It was specifically homologated for the Australian touring car championship with 300 examples being produced.

One of the most sought-after GT models is the XY ‘shaker’ and one of the most collectible of all Australian performance cars is the Phase III GT-HO version. The XY GT extended the tradition of the true Aussie muscle car by being the first and only model to feature an exposed centre bonnet air-scoop that was attached to the air cleaner of its Cleveland 351 engine, hence the ‘shaker’ name. The Phase III was to be the ultimate expression of the art with a fully functional ‘shaker’ air’ intake and front and rear spoilers.

The 1971 Bathurst 1000 saw a field that seemed to be dominated by Falcon GT-HOs. The first several rows were entirely Falcons and, at the finish, so were the first three places. Even though the XY GT had long been replaced by the XA, the GT-HO Phase III had to soldier on for another season in 1972 after the supercar controversy killed off its XA replacement.

1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III
1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III

1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III 1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III 1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III

1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III

 

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
production 300
engine Cleveland 351 V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod OHV
fuel feed Holley 780CFM 4-Barrel Downdraught Carburettor
displacement 5752 cc / 351 in³
bore 102 mm / 4.02 in
stroke 89 mm / 3.5 in
compression 11.5:1
power 275.9 kw / 370 bhp @ 5400 rpm
specific output 64.33 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 242.78 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
rear brakes Drums w/Servo Assist
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
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 1524 kg / 3360 lbs
wheelbase 2819 mm / 111.0 in
front track 1499 mm / 59.0 in
rear track 1486 mm / 58.5 in
length 4689 mm / 184.6 in
width 1875 mm / 73.8 in
height 1389 mm / 54.7 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.78:1, 1.93:1, 1.36:1, 1.00:1
final drive 3.50:1
top speed ~228.5 kph / 142.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~6.4 seconds