XY GT ar­gu­ment set­tlers

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Launched of­fi­cially in Novem­ber 1970, the Ford XY GT has be­come the most sought af­ter GT model. Of course, one of the most col­lectable of all Aus­tralian per­for­mance cars is the iconic GT-HO Phase III version re­leased in 1971. The XY GT ex­tended the tra­di­tion of the true Aussie mus­cle car by be­ing the first and only model to fea­ture an ex­posed cen­tre bon­net air-scoop which was at­tached to the air cleaner of its thump­ing 300bhp 351 Cleve­land V8, hence the ‘Shaker’ nick­name.

Fol­low­ing on from Al­lan Mof­fat’s Phase II 1970 Bathurst win, the Fal­con GT-HO Phase III took pole po­si­tion and crossed the line as out­right win­ner of the 1971 Hardie-Ferodo 500, a full 24 min­utes faster.

The XY model was a more re­fined version of its XW GT pre­de­ces­sor. It sported GT 351 side stripes adorned with smaller ‘Su­peroo’ de­cals shown burn­ing rub­ber, in­te­grated bon­net pins, styled rac­ing mir­ror, rac­ing-style fuel cap, thump­ing dual ex­hausts, Hella driv­ing lights and the famed GT five-slot steel rally wheels as stan­dard fit­ted with red-band Dun­lop Aqua­jet tyres. The GT-HO version re­ceived a full­width front spoiler and a fi­bre­glass rear wing com­pli­ments of the Boss Mus­tang. In

to­tal, 1557 XY GTs and 300 GT-HOs were built over a two-year model pe­riod end­ing in Novem­ber 1972. The first XY GTs were ac­tu­ally built in Septem­ber 1970, and were pro­duced along­side the XW GT for one month. Of th­ese, 616 XY GTs were op­tioned with the 3-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, the re­main­ing 908 came stan­dard with the 4-speed floor­shift ‘Toploader’ man­ual gear­box. A re­main­ing bal­ance of 33 XY GTs built pre­dom­i­nantly in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber 1971 have un­known pro­duc­tion codes due to a cler­i­cal er­ror, th­ese are usu­ally re­ferred to as ‘Phan­toms’. Hero

colours like Ver­mil­ion Fire, Track Red, Ul­tra White, Yel­low Ochre, True Blue, Elec­tric Blue, Monza Green, Quick Sil­ver, Nugget Gold and Bronze Wine with re­flec­tive side stripes be­came the norm for the XY GT range.

The most pop­u­lar colour or­dered was Ver­mil­ion Fire, the same colour as Al­lan Mof­fat’s race car, with a com­bined 334 GTs and HOs made in this colour. This was fol­lowed by 298 in Ul­tra White, 204 in Yel­low Ochre, 178 in Track Red, 157 in Monza Green, 135 in Bronze Wine, 117 in Elec­tric Blue, 113 in Nugget Gold, 41 in True Blue, 35 in Jewel Green, and 11 GTs and HOs in Frosted Pewter.

Spe­cial or­ders and fleet colours were also avail­able, with some pop­u­lar favourites be­ing Yel­low Glo, Wild Vi­o­let and Raw Or­ange. There were 169 ‘Fleet’ coloured XY GTs and HOs or­dered in to­tal, how­ever of­fi­cial Ford pro­duc­tion records show a ‘blank’ space not in­di­cat­ing how many of each colour were made. Some of the rarer colours that we know ex­ist to­day were 17 in Vin­tage Bur­gundy, at least seven in Onyx Black and Surfer Or­ange, six in Royal Um­ber, three of each in Teal Glow, RAA Yel­low and Zir­con Green, two in Lime­light, and one of each in Avi­a­tion Or­ange, Agfa Or­ange, Har­mony Grey, and Spearmint. In ad­di­tion, there were nine ‘SPEC’ coded GTs which de­noted a spe­cial or­der colour that wasn’t stan­dard in the Ford range.

Trim colours were mostly se­lected by cus­tomers in black, light sad­dle, or white vinyl al­though there were 113 GTs and GT-HOs made with cloth in­serts. Some of th­ese had a spec­trum coloured insert com­monly known as a ‘Hawai­ian pack’. White was only of­fered as a trim colour to Fair­mont buy­ers but or­ders were placed for white trim GTs and many came with the Fair­mont badge scrolls. Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion

for an XY GT dif­fers from a 1970 model to a 1971 version, with the for­mer much the same as the 1970 XW GT. For 1970 mod­els, three iden­ti­fiers should be present, the first be­ing the chas­sis num­ber stamped into the pas­sen­ger side front shocker tower be­gin­ning 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. The iden­ti­fi­ca­tion plate is 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 1971 model XY GT, in­stead of the JG33 num­ber stamped onto the ra­di­a­tor sup­port panel, the JG33 num­ber is now stamped onto the pas­sen­ger side shocker tower. The GL and GJ num­ber­ing sys­tem is no longer used. The en­gine num­ber is pre­fixed by the JG33 num­ber which is now stamped on the pas­sen­ger side of the en­gine block, above the fuel pump. The iden­ti­fi­ca­tion plate is af­fixed by four riv­ets to the pas­sen­ger side of the bulk­head fire­wall. All three iden­ti­fiers should match.

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