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1968 Ford XT Falcon GT sedan. at the 2011 NSW All Ford Day, Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney. PM

1968 Ford XT Falcon GT sedan, at the 2011 NSW All Ford Day, Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney, by Paul McCurley - Flickr.com

The Ford XT Falcon is a car which was produced by Ford Australia between 1968 and 1969.



Introduction

The XT Falcon range was introduced in March 1968 as a facelifted version of the XR Falcon, which it replaced. The XT featured a revised grille and taillights and improved safety features including split-system brakes, larger tyres and electrically operated windscreen washers.

Standard equipment in the luxury Fairmont models included bucket seats, front disc brakes, a heater/demister, a wood-grain dash, carpet and courtesy lamps in all four doors. The Fairmont Wagon featured an electrically operated tailgate.

Model range

The XT was offered in 4-door Sedan, 5-door Station Wagon, 2-door Utility and 2-door Van variants as follows.

  • Falcon Sedan
  • Falcon 500 Sedan
  • Fairmont Sedan
  • Falcon GT Sedan
  • Falcon Station Wagon
  • Falcon 500 Station Wagon
  • Fairmont Station Wagon
  • Falcon Utility
  • Falcon 500 Utility
  • Falcon Van

The luxury Fairmont models were not badged or marketed as Falcons.

The XT Falcon GT, which was introduced two months after the other models in May 1968, was the performance model in the range.

Engines

Four engines were offered in the XT range, all with increased capacity.

  • 3.1 L (188 CID) 114 bhp six-cylinder was standard on Falcon and Falcon 500 models
  • 3.6 L (221 CID) 135 bhp six-cylinder was standard on Fairmont models and optional on Falcon and Falcon 500
  • 5.0 L (302 CID) 210 bhp V8 was optional on Falcon, Falcon 500 and Fairmont
  • 5.0 L (302 CID) 230 bhp V8 was standard on Falcon GT

Engine capacity was now officially quoted in litres rather than cubic inches.

Production & replacement

After a production run of 79,290 vehicles the XT Falcon was replaced by the XW Falcon in June 1969.

Motor sport

An XT Falcon GT driven by Bill Gates and Jim Bertram scored an outright victory in the 1969 Rothmans 12 Hour Classic race for production cars at Surfers Paradise International Raceway on 5 January 1969.

A team of three XT Falcon GTs won the Teams prize in the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon, finishing 3rd, 6th and 8th outright.