FORD XR FALCON GT
It wasn’t our first performance V8, and it wasn’t even our first V8 Falcon Falc – that honour going to the Coty-winning XR range of 1966 – but the introduction of a GT version sparked a four-door muscle-car, er, ‘phase’ that would feed Aussie petrolheads for more than 50 years. Looking back on it now, a 16.4sec standing quarter is slower than tha a bunch of small automatic hatchbacks in 2018, but the Falcon GT’S crisp response, planted pla feel and long, lusty legs were the stuff of dreams in 1967. The almost overnight transformation tran from three-on-the-tree column gearshifts (with no sync synchro’ on first), bench seats and unassisted drum brakes to a bent-e bent-eight muscle sedan with broad buckets, taut suspension, pow power front discs and the same sports steering wheel as a Mustan Mustang must’ve been like waking up to a whole new world. Or bumping b into Elvis in a lift. And the XR GT’S spirit would live l on right to the close of Aussie production – th the Falcon XR8 Sprint, Commodore SS-V Redline an and HSV GTS-R W1.