Don’s party ma­chine

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle In Disguise -

Our fea­tured car is owned by Don from Gee­long. He has owned this car for six years and loves its unas­sum­ing looks.

“Even though it’s a 351, it sounds just like a six-cylin­der when you fire it up,” says Don, who en­joys driv­ing the car on week­ends when the weather is right. “The en­gine is fairly re­spon­sive, and nowhere near as badly be­haved or moody as a Fal­con GT. Throt­tle re­sponse is smooth and con­trol­lable, and is very good, par­tic­u­larly in higher revs. The ‘K’ code is com­fort­able to drive, even up to 80mph. Much more con­trol­lable, more re­fined, more dis­creet; all things that make the car great to drive.”

Don was drawn to the car be­cause of its orig­i­nal­ity, as well as the un­usu­ally bright trim.

“Many ‘K’ codes were mod­i­fied back in the 1970s and ’80s and not many re­main in their orig­i­nal form. They were easy to mod­ify, just by adding a 4-bar­rel carb and a twin ex­haust you would in­crease the per­for­mance dra­mat­i­cally,” de­scribes Don, who has owned a cou­ple of other ‘K’ codes over the years.

Don’s car is known as the ‘Su­per Dog’. This is a ref­er­ence to Col Paige Ford (dealer code 3140), the deal­er­ship in Footscray that sold the car new. To sup­port the lo­cal VFL foot­ball team, the Footscray Bull­dogs, his dealer sticker logo in­cor­po­rated a bull­dog based on the de­sign of the GT Su­per Roo.

This par­tic­u­lar car was or­dered with a num­ber of op­tions in­clud­ing power disc brakes, lim­it­ed­slip dif­fer­en­tial, and the Su­per fringe push but­ton ra­dio. The most unique op­tion, how­ever, was the P2 Parch­ment trim with ‘Hawai­ian’ cloth in­serts. The un­usual trim gives the car a very dif­fer­ent look to other cars out there, and com­bined with the front sun vi­sor and colour-coded hub­caps and wheels, it catches the at­ten­tion of car en­thu­si­asts wher­ever it goes.

A reg­u­lar on the car show scene, this car is of­ten sur­rounded by fans who walk past the sea of GT repli­cas and cus­tomised street ma­chines just to get a close-up look at this wolf in wool. Car en­thu­si­asts seem to ap­pre­ci­ate the sim­plic­ity of a ‘K’ code Fal­con, as well as the ex­cel­lent con­di­tion that Don has kept the car in.

While its dis­tinc­tive op­tions make this car a stand out from the crowd, it’s also true they help di­vert at­ten­tion from just how po­tent it is! A wolf in a bright yel­low woolly jumper per­haps...

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