1997 Ford Falcon GT 30th Anniversary


1997 Ford Falcon GT 30th Anniversary

1997 Ford Falcon GT 30th Anniversary

Probably the most aggressive-looking GT ever launched by Ford Australia, the EL 30th Anniversary model’s in-your-face styling polarised enthusiasts but in true GT tradition, it proved to be ahead of its time and still looks fresher than most 1997 releases. The motoring press dubbed it ‘Darth Vader On Wheels’, which neatly summed-up Ford’s 1997 interpretation of how a GT should look.

Developed and hand-assembled by Tickford, the EL GT continued the Grand Tourer concept by going beyond the top Fairmont Ghia’s luxury interior with Momo sports steering wheel, leather and suede sports seats, wood grain cabin highlights and matching it with improved suspension and performance. Ford’s bold new look, which again was fully integrated with the original EL styling, featured a smooth new front bumper with built-in driving lights, deep front spoiler, integrated wheel arch flares and side skirts, sculptured twin vent bonnet scoop, and a wild rear spoiler.

Champion Ford race driver John Bowe was responsible for much of the hands-on fine tuning and testing of the EL GT. Refinement and performance went up another notch after Tickford added a carbon-fibre wrapped tail shaft and reworked the engine for punchier mid-range response. The production run was just 270 and, like the EBII five years before, it was another quick sell-out for Ford and just enough to keep Ford enthusiasts asking for more.

1997 Ford Falcon GT 30th Anniversary

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
production270
engineWindsor V8 w/GT-40 big-valve crossflow heads
positionFront Longitudinal
fuel feedElectronic Multi-Point Fuel Injection
displacement4942 cc / 301.6 in³
bore101.6 mm / 4.0 in
stroke72.6 mm / 2.86 in
compression9.00:1
power200 kw / 268.2 bhp @ 4700 rpm
specific output54.27 bhp per litre
torque420 nm / 309.8 ft lbs @ 3700 rpm
driven wheelsRWD
front tires245/40VR17 Yokohama A510
rear tires245/40VR17 Yokohama A510
front brakesVented Discs w/PBR Twin-Piston Cobra Callipers, ABS
f brake sizex 329 mm / x 13.0 in
rear brakesSolid Discs w/PBR Twin-Piston Cobra Callipers, ABS
r brake sizex 299 mm / x 11.8 in
front wheelsF 43.2 x 21.6 cm / 17 x 8.5 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x 21.6 cm / 17 x 8.5 in
f suspensionWishbones w/Coil Spring over Strut-Type Dampers, 28mm Roll Bar
r suspensionLive Axle w/Trailing Arms, Coild Springs, Telescopic Dampers, 24mm Anti-Roll Bar
transmissionBTR T50D 5-speed Manual or BTR M97LE 4-Speed Auto
gear ratios2.39:1, 1.45:1, 1.00:1, 0.68:1, :1
final drive3.45:1
0 – 60 mph~6.8 seconds