Nothing says Australian muscle car like the GT Ford Falcon. In fact, nothing says Australian vintage collectable like the XY GT Ford Falcon… endearingly known as ‘The Shaker.’ The Phase III would indeed go on to shock the socks off other models of race cars coming to Australia with an eye for winning. Here are a few things you may not have known about this iconic car.
The Ford Falcon XY was released in October 1970, with its manufacturing taking place at Ford’s Broadmeadows and Eagle Farm factories. These factories have since closed, with Broadmeadows shutting its doors only last year. The Broadmeadows factory pumped out an alarming 4,356,528 Ford cars between 1959 and 2016. This iconic car brand definitely had a good run.
The GT XY Engine
The XY featured a brand spanking new six-cylinder engine. They were designed to have a longer stroke and a more impressive torque at lower rpm. The XY packed a punch, but Ford was after even more grunt, so they designed the Phase III.
The XY GTHO Phase III
The XY GTHO Phase III was one of the fastest four-door sedans of its time. It was released in 1970 and set a high standard at the Bathurst 1000 from the offset. The Phase III would come to dominate the popular Australian supercar race in years to come.
The Falcon 4WD Utility
The 4WD utility was released in 1972, and only 432 were ever built. It was based on the XY model and was the first 4WD passenger vehicle designed and manufactured in Australia.
Falcons in the flesh
Want to see a few of these models in the flesh? All Ford Day 2017 is being hosted by the Falcon GT Owners Club at Willowbank Racecourse on Sunday the 16th of July. There will be plenty of cars on display and family activities to amuse the kids.