Wednesday, March 24, 2010

All Ford Day 2010 - Part 4 - XM-XY Falcons

The Ford Falcon GT mythology began in 1967 with the XR GT, and stayed in production through to the XB Falcon. It lingered on as a non GT, with the same mechanical specs as the XC GXL 5.8, then disappeared from Fords lineup until the EB GT. 

At the All Ford Day, there was a strong showing by the XR thru XY owners. The majority were of the GT variety, with a few tough non-GT's and an XY Falcon hearse. The sound of a 351 cubic inch Cleveland is unmistakeable - and brings a smile to any petrolheads face. The 351 was introduced in the 1971 XY and there were several on display. 
XR Falcon 1967
XY GT 1971 - with the famous carb mounted bonnet scoop known as the 'shaker'.
XY GTHO 1971
XR GT 1967
XW GT 1969-70
XW GT - the bonnet scoop is to cool the braking system master cylinder!
XY Falcon Hearse
Nice pinstriping on this XP Falcon Ute
XW Falcon - Strip competitor, street registered.
1966 XR Falcon 2 door US version

The Falcon began its life in the US in 1960. Ford Australia dropped the two door version in the XR-XY range, only resuming it in the XA. This striking metallic blue two door XR Falcon is the 3rd generation Falcon, built from 1966 to 1970 in the United States. in 1970 US production stopped when it became obvious it would not meet new safety regulations. I dont know what engine this car has, but it s a 1966 built US car. If only the two door had been offered in Oz!

Next post - EA-EL Falcons

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