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Ford Falcon XT

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XT Falcon
Ford

Ford Falcon XT

1968 - 1969
Country:
Australia
Engine:
6 cyl. & V8
Capacity:
2.4 litre / 3.3 litre / 4.9litre V8
Power:
121bhp (3.3 litre) / 230bhp (4.9 litre)
Transmission:
4 spd. man
Top Speed:
217 km/h
Number Built:
74,394
Collectability:
3 star
Ford Falcon XT
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 3

Introduction



The XT Falcon was a mild restyle of the previous model, with a barely altered grille, but distinctive new tail lamps, circular lamps still, but cut by large rectangular indicator lenses.

The V8 engine increased in size to the 302ci (4.9 litre) version and there were minor mechanical revisions as Ford placed its Falcon squarely up against it competitors in the marketplace.

In fact, the entire engine range for the XT was revised, the six cylinder engines growing in capacity to 3.1 litre (188ci) and 3.6 litre (221ci) respectively, and the 289ci V8 growing in capacity to the "Mustang 5.0 litre" (302ci, 4.9 litre).

Each of the new engines was now idintified by litre displacement instead of the previous used cubic inch displacement, although even today we still think of the capacity of each, particularly the V8's, by their respecitve cubic inch capacity.

Numerous safety features were added, including split-system brakes and larger tyres, although disappointingly radial ply tyres remained an extra cost option. Thankfully though, synchromesh on first for the manual transmissions was now standard, as was electrically operated windscreen washers.

On the outside, the beautiful chrome strips that ran along the waistline of the XR were relocated to the top of the doorline, further enhancing the cars linage with the Mustang "shape". While the rear tail lights were still round, the indicator lamps were now housed in a horizontal rectangle across the centre of the circle.

The venerable "bench" seats were still the standard fitment on all but the Fairmont's and GT's, many buyers of the Falcon and Falcon 500's were now ticking the option box for the sumptuos Ford reclining bucket seats.

Those lucky enough to be able to afford the Fairmont were the envy of most, as standard equipment now included not only the bucket seats, but 3.6 litre six (with optional 4.9 litre V8), front disc brakes, heater/demister, carpet and courtesy lamps in all four doors.

All of this was topped off by a rather elegant wood-grain finish applied to the dash. Those who chose the Fairmont Wagon also received an electrically operated tailgate. Further helping the XT make it mark on the Australian motoring landscape was its success in the London-Sydney Marathon rally, where its three entered cars took third, sixth and eighth places, capturing the "Team Prize" in the process.

Both the XR and XT had 11-inch front discs and drum rear brakes, although this model used a dual hydraulic system. And then, of course, was the XT GT, but that is covered in depth in other sections of the Unique Cars and Parts web site.

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Also see:


Falcon XT Specifications
Ford Falcon Commercials
The Ford Falcon Story
Falcon/Fairlane Identification Guide
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jacqui
Posted 815 days ago
My dad has just betrothed his beloved XT stn wagon to me. I remember when he bought it home from Adelaide brand new..and death to any kids caught sliding over the seats, been garaged its whole life and for a car that has done over 22 trips across the nullabour and carted 6 kids around from new it looks fantastic, we will shout her a fresh paint job and some light tidying up but basically its all original and we cant wait to just go cruising around again..it still smells like i remember.
greg
Posted 1021 days ago
@ vic, these days falcons of that vintage are quickly growing in value and would be worth holding on to. i myself wouldn't spend over 6000 or so, but im not a big spender, a collector would happily spend 8000 or possibly over 10000. (im assuming that the car is in top condition)
Jake
Posted 1578 days ago
I grew up watching this model being used in SPIPPY. It was a white wagon with a blue interior. I now have all the DVDs of this show.
goldberg
Posted 2223 days ago
sounds like u got a nice XT
vic
Posted 2311 days ago
i have a 1968xt,302,3speed manual,bench seat dis brakes ,pololia white,had the car since new ,the rummimg gear has never been out ,i was wondering could reckemed what it,s worth today thanks vic
 
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