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in Sil­ver Fox, 56 in Track Red, 28 in Po­lar White, and 21 GTs and HOs in Elec­tric Blue.

Spe­cial or­ders and fleet colours were also avail­able, with some favourites be­ing Bram­bles Red and Surfer Or­ange. There were 276 ‘Fleet’coloured XW GTs and HOs or­dered in to­tal. How­ever of­fi­cial Ford pro­duc­tion records show a ‘blank’ space with no in­di­ca­tion of how many of each colour were made.

Some of the rarer colours that ex­ist via sur­vivors to­day in­clude Onyx Black (6), Vin­tage Bur­gundy (4), Zir­con Green (4), Im­pe­rial Bur­gundy (4), True Blue (3), Surfer Or­ange (3), Lime Frost (2), Shell Yel­low (2), Woods­man Green (2). Mean­while, there is one known ex­am­ple of each of the fol­low­ing: Opal Glow, Royal Um­ber, Golden Yel­low and Fanta Or­ange. In ad­di­tion, there were 16 ‘SPEC’ coded GTs and GT-HOs which de­noted a spe­cial or­der colour that wasn’t stan­dard in the Ford range.

As to trim colours, cus­tomers mostly se­lected black or dark sad­dle. There were 14 GTs and GT-HOs made with dark sad­dle trim and cloth in­serts. Some of th­ese had a spec­trum coloured in­sert com­monly known as a ‘Hawai­ian pack’. There was also three GTs made with bur­gundy in­te­ri­ors and one with light grey trim.

In­ter­est­ingly, the XW trim colour of Dark Sad­dle is lighter than the XY Light Sad­dle trim! When

it comes to iden­ti­fy­ing an XW GT, three iden­ti­fiers should be present. The first is the chas­sis num­ber stamped into the pas­sen­ger-side front shocker tower. This will begin with GL for a man­ual and GJ for an au­to­matic. This num­ber should match the num­ber on the en­gine which is lo­cated on the en­gine block be­hind the al­terna­tor. There should also be a VIN se­rial num­ber stamped on the pas­sen­ger-side front of the ra­di­a­tor sup­port panel be­gin­ning with the magic num­bers JG33. For 1969 mod­els, a small data tag should be af­fixed by two riv­ets to the driv­ers’ side of the ra­di­a­tor sup­port panel. 1970 model XW GTs and HOs will have a larger iden­ti­fi­ca­tion plate af­fixed by four riv­ets to the pas­sen­ger side of the bulk­head fire­wall. The JG33 VIN se­rial num­ber on the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion plate should al­ways match that on the front ra­di­a­tor sup­port panel.

For the GT, the en­gine code on the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tags should be a ‘T’ de­not­ing the four-bar­rel 351 en­gine. The en­gine code ‘H’ was re­served for the GT-HO. A man­ual GT is stamped with an ‘L’ in the space for the trans­mis­sion code, whilst the let­ter ‘B’ in­di­cated an au­to­matic. Although an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion was never of­fi­cially avail­able for the GT-HO, there is at least one au­to­matic Starlight Blue HO that es­caped from the fac­tory, prob­a­bly a spe­cial ve­hi­cle or­der (SVO) and although it is recorded on of­fi­cial Ford pro­duc­tion records as a man­ual, the data tag for this car was stamped ‘B’ for au­to­matic. The model code stamped on th­ese tags are 18938 for the XWGT and 18939 for the GT-HO re­gard­less of it be­ing a 1969 or 1970 model.

Many XW GTs and GT-HOs were stamped with an SVO num­ber on the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tag. Un­for­tu­nately, the records for th­ese SVOs are miss­ing or lost. More of­ten than not, SVO num­bers were is­sued to a ve­hi­cle with a spe­cial re­quest for paint­work or fit­ment of a unique ac­ces­sory such as white roof-lining.

Apilot batch of 11 XW GTs were sent down the line in May 1969 to test pro­duc­tion with the first of th­ese be­ing an au­to­matic Di­a­mond White ex­am­ple. Of th­ese pre-pro­duc­tion pi­lot mod­els, four were re­tained by the Ford Mo­tor Com­pany (Code 3999), with the re­main­ing seven sent to var­i­ous deal­ers in dif­fer­ent states. Ac­cord­ing to Ford’s pro­duc­tion records, the first GT-HO was sched­uled to be built in July 1969; it too was Di­a­mond White in colour.

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