1973 Ford XB Fal­con GT hard­top

Australian Muscle Car - - Top 25 -

Num­ber Pro­duced: 940 ap­prox

this were a list of the top 25 fastest clas­sic mus­cle cars, the XB Fal­con GT would strug­gle to get on the grid. It’s another mat­ter en­tirely when it comes to de­sir­abil­ity. The Fal­con coupe is just so sexy in a mod­ern con­text that XB hard­tops are com­mand­ing big dol­lars to­day. The XB GT, pro­duced be­tween 1973 and 1976, was the end of line for the orig­i­nal GT breed. It was milder, more re­fined than its fore­bears, lack­ing the fe­roc­ity of the XW and XY mod­els. And while a Bathurst win eluded the model, Allan Mof­fat’s 1976 and 1977 Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship crowns have given the XB plenty of motorsport cred­i­bil­ity. In the looks depart­ment it had a sharper-edged and more ag­gres­sive-look­ing front-end de­sign, par­tic­u­larly around the grille, than the XA it re­placed. The late great Ford stylist, Wayne Draper, told AMC that the XB GT styling was heav­ily in­flu­enced by the 1971 Mus­tang Mach 1, as re­quested by then Ford Aus­tralia boss Bill Bourke. The Mus­tang de­tail­ing is ob­vi­ous, from the chis­elled front, bon­net scoops and painted bumpers to the hon­ey­comb grille de­tail­ing. Its ap­peal has been boosted by its star­ring role in the ever-pop­u­lar Mad Max fran­chise – well, three of the four post-apoc­a­lyp­tic flicks at least – which also cre­ated a mar­ket for used XBs over­seas. In fact, it’s fair to say that the XB GT is far more fa­mous out­side its home­land than the lo­cal leg­end, the XY GT-HO Phase III. Such is the fickle world of celebrity.

The XB had the long­est rac­ing ca­reer of any of the clas­sic Fal­con GTs – from the start of the 1974 sea­son to mid-1977.

vXB GTs were pro­duced in nearly 60 dif­fer­ent colours. The most com­mon colours were Yel­low Blaze, Red Pep­per and Po­lar White.

vThe XB was the first Fal­con GT to use an Aus­tralian-made en­gine block, back­ing up claims that the XB was the most Aussie GT Fal­con.

vPower Out­put: 300bhp (of­fi­cially), 260bhp (re­al­is­ti­cally) Top Speed: 193km/h

8.1 sec­onds Stand­ing 400: 21.0 sec­onds Price New: $5316

Did you know?

It was ex­ported to the UK and sold through ap­proved deal­ers.

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