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1969 Ford XW Falcon GT sedan. at the 2011 NSW All Ford Day, Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney. PM

1969 Ford XW Falcon GT sedan. at the 2011 NSW All Ford Day, Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney. by Paul McCurley - Flickr.com

The Ford XW Falcon is a car which was produced by Ford Australia from 1969 to 1970.


Introduction

The XW Falcon was released in June 1969 replacing the XT Falcon. The XW was an extensive facelift of the XT, featuring a new grille and tail lights. Almost all exterior panels were new and the interior was extensively redesigned.

Model range

The XW Falcon range featured eight passenger vehicles and three commercial models.

  • Ford Falcon Sedan
  • Ford Falcon Wagon
  • Ford Falcon 500 Sedan
  • Ford Falcon 500 Wagon
  • Ford Futura Sedan
  • Ford Fairmont Sedan
  • Ford Fairmont Wagon
  • Ford Falcon GT
  • Ford Falcon Utility
  • Ford Falcon Van
  • Ford Falcon 500 Utility

The Futura was new for the XW, reviving a name last used in the 1965 XP Falcon range. A Grand Sport rally option package was available on Falcon 500, Futura & Fairmont sedans.

GT-HO

The limited production, high performance Falcon GT-HO was released two months after the mainstream models. A further development, the GT-HO Phase II was released in August 1970.

Engines

3.1 litre & 3.6 litre in-line six cylinder engines carried over from the XT Falcon as did the 5.0 litre V8. A 5.8 litre V8 was introduced with the XW.

Production

Production of the XW Falcon range totalled 105,785 vehicles. 2,287 XW Falcon GTs and 662 XW GT-HOs were built.

Replacement

The XW Falcon was replaced by the XY Falcon in November 1970.