Don’s party machine
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...