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Read­ers got a bit stroppy with AMC about the Bathurst pri­va­teers that got left off our Top 25 list last is­sue. Great to see such pas­sion for the humble pri­va­teer. Lots of other feed­back on our re­cent sto­ries.

AMC Reader: Paul Til­ley Mus­cle car: 1969 XW Fal­con GT Home­town: Moreton Bay, Queens­land

What is it? A Sil­ver Fox, XW Fal­con GT, built in Septem­ber 1969. The car came stan­dard with the 351ci Wind­sor V8, Top-Loader four-speed man­ual gear­box, 3.25:1 ra­tio, 9” diff, 36 gal­lon tank and black vinyl in­te­rior. Only fac­tory op­tion or­dered was a Su­per Fringe push-but­ton ra­dio, whilst dealer op­tions in­cluded weather shield, lock­ing petrol cap, wheel arch moulds and a lock­down aerial. Al­though the in­te­rior is ba­si­cally stan­dard – ex­cept for a com­pe­ti­tion driver’s seat – the car was re­painted in 2001 and the en­gine has been bored and stroked out to 393ci and in­cludes alu­minium heads, af­ter­mar­ket in­take man­i­fold, 750cfm DP carby and cus­tom ex­trac­tors with a dual 3” ex­haust sys­tem. When did you buy it? I bought the car in late April/early May, 1989 from Sandgate Road Whole­sale Cars… a Bris­bane dealer who al­ways seemed to have a se­lec­tion of mus­cle cars on hand, some of which were there on con­sign­ment. Why did you buy it? I had orig­i­nally planned to buy a Di­a­mond White GT-HO Phase II that I saw at the GT Na­tion­als in Bathurst in 1989, but un­for­tu­nately that deal fell through, so I started look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive. When I found the Sil­ver Fox GT, I loved the colour and the car’s orig­i­nal­ity… plus the dealer gave me a good trade-in price for my Red Pep­per XB GT. What do you know about its life? The car was orig­i­nally pur­chased by Jim and Jean Dun­can from Coolan­gatta Mo­tors (soon to be­come Bor­der Ford) on Oc­to­ber 10, 1969. They owned the car for a lit­tle over two years – clock­ing up just 11,000 miles – be­fore trad­ing it in on a new XA GT in 1972. The XW was then bought from Bor­der Ford, by Colin Twine in June, 1972, who owned the car for the next 17 years, be­fore putting it on con­sign­ment with Sandgate Road Whole­sale Cars, in mid-April 1989. Dur­ing Colin’s own­er­ship, the car trav­elled ex­ten­sively through­out Aus­tralia, from far north Queens­land, to West­ern Aus­tralia – of­ten with a car­a­van in tow. (See AMC is­sue #66, page 88). How does it go? With a lit­tle over 500hp and around 520ft/lb of torque, the car has lots of grunt in a straight­line and with the orig­i­nal 3.25:1 diff, can hit around 145-150mph. I have also set the sus­pen­sion up for track work (mostly sprints and hill­climbs), with com­pe­ti­tion Koni shocks, low­ered and stiffer front and rear springs and re­vised cam­ber and cas­tor set­tings. The big sup­port brace in the en­gine bay also helps stiffen up the front end. For track work, how­ever, the car’s only real weak link has al­ways been the brakes, but I will soon be up­grad­ing to a four-pis­ton cal­liper front disc setup, sim­i­lar to that used on Group N cars. Any big trips planned? I have never had a prob­lem driv­ing long dis­tances in the car, hav­ing driven from Bris­bane to Mel­bourne and Ade­laide to at­tend past GT Na­tion­als events. How­ever, next year I will be driv­ing to Perth to at­tend the 2017 GT Na­tion­als, which will be my big­gest trip in the car yet. Tak­ing the GT across the Nullar­bor has been a goal for a num­ber of years, so I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to that. Any­thing you would like to add? I bought my first GT in 1977 – a Reef Green, 1970 XW Fal­con GT auto – and have owned a num­ber of other GTs (XY, XA hard­top and two XB sedans) over the years, and have en­joyed them all, whether it be tour­ing around this great coun­try, or com­pet­ing at track events. This is what they were meant for and I would rec­om­mend to all other own­ers, to get them out of the shed as of­ten as you can, to re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate what great cars they are.

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