This information guide covers the Australian Ford Falcon XW GT and GT-HO vehicles. The XW was the third generation Falcon GT produced by Ford Australia, and the first to offer the HO (Handling Option) homologation model. The XW GT was sold exclusively to the Australian market, however, CKD kits were exported to South Africa from 1970 where the vehicle was sold as the “Fairmont GT”.
The XW GT was based on the Fairmont trim specification, and received a significant number of performance upgrades to make the car competitive in Australian production touring car racing. Ford’s efforts to succeed culminated in the GT-HO vehicles which were produced in sufficient numbers to allow the cars to compete in Class E touring car events, and more specifically to allow the cars to compete and win the famous Bathurst endurance race at Mount Panorama. An outright victory at Bathurst was achieved in the 1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500, with Allan Moffat at the wheel of a XW GT-HO Phase II. The performance specifications, racing success and relative scarcity of the XW GTs have made the cars highly desirable among collectors, particularly in Australia.
This guide provides a detailed outline of the XW GTs specifications and unique features. If you have additional information that could improve this guide, please contact the author by clicking the button above.
Period of manufacture:
XW Falcon GT: May 1969 – October 1970
XW Falcon GT-HO Phase I: July 1969 – October 1970 (However, officially released in August)
XW Falcon GT-HO Phase I ½: March 1969 – April 1970
XW Falcon GT-HO Phase II: June 1970 – October 1970
Note, a pilot batch of 11 XW GTs were sent down the production line in May 1969. Of those 11, 4 were retained by Ford Motor Company, with the remaining cars sent to various dealers to be sold off.
XW Falcon GT: 2,287
XW Falcon GT-HO (Total): 662
XW Falcon GT-HO Phase I (Windsor): 201 (Kennedy) 375 – may include 1.5 (Unique cars)
XW Falcon GT-HO Phase I ½: 50 (Kennedy) 57 (falcongt.info)
XW Falcon GT-HO Phase II: 411 (Kennedy) 287 (unique cars) 292 (falcongt.info)
Hubcaps for both wheels were plain, flat dishes. The Canadian riveted wheels have a reputation for having pressing splits where the hub sticks through the rim. The rivets can be seen on the top-side of the rims (by inspecting under the tyres).
Seat vinyl trim included woven insert panels on the squab and backs, or optional cloth insert panels. If cloth insert panels were optioned, a “2” would follow the trim code on the vehicle’s data plate. Note, the XW trim colour “Dark Saddle” is actually lighter than the XY GT’s Dark Saddle trim.
There are believed to be only 14 GTs/GT-Hos made with dark saddle trim and cloth inserts (see Australian Muscle Car Magazine April 2015). Some of these cars had a spectrum coloured insert known as “Hawaiian pack”.
There were also 3 XW GTS made with burgundy trim (Code ) and one with grey trim (Code ).
The below chart outlines the colours available for the XW GT and GT-HO, including the production numbers in each of those colours.
|G||Candy Apple Red||402||114||514|
|Y||Grecian Gold Metallic||274||61||335|
|K||Starlight Blue Metallic||241||58||299|
|8||Silver Fox Metallic||213||43||256|