FORD XR FAL­CON GT

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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.

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