Just 8 Months after the release of the new XR
range, Ford released the XR GT. Powered by a
289 cubic inch Windsor V8 motor, it was always
going to be a hit.
On April 18, 1967, Ford's General
Sales Manager, Keith Horner, issued a Confidential
Dealer Bulletin headed "Falcon GT".
The bulletin was short and to the point. The
new model would be a "High Performance" vehicle
especially suitable for trial and stock car racing
but flexible enough and luxurious enough for
normal car use.
It will be available in one colour "GT Gold" with charcoal trim, have a high-performance, 4 barrel, 289 cubic inch V8 Windsor with 225hp. A floor mounted manual transmission with synchromesh on all four speeds, special suspension, wider rimmed wheels, radial ply tyres and a 16:1 steering ratio with power steering "optional". The bulletin continued…The
price was $3,890.00.
The XR Falcon GT was indeed
an instant success and the 596 units built between
March 1967 and February 1968 sold as quickly
as they were built. It quickly established its
credibility with a convincing 1-2 victory in
the Bathurst 500 mile classic.