Ford XR Falcon

The Ford XR Falcon is a car which was produced by the Ford Motor Company of Australia between 1966 and 1968. The XR series was introduced in September 1966. Styling was based on the third generation 1966 US Ford Falcon and it was promoted as the "Mustang bred Falcon". It was the first Australian Falcon to be offered with a V8 engine, the 200 bhp (150 kW), 289 cubic inch (4.7 litres) Windsor unit. The XR marked the first time a V8 engine could be optioned in all trim levels of an Australian car, V8s having previously been reserved for the more up-market variants. The 144 cubic inch (2.4 litre) six cylinder engine was deleted for the XR series leaving the 170 cubic inch (2.8 litre) six as the base Falcon engine. A 200 cubic inch (3.3 litre) six was also available.

The XR series was initially offered in nine different models: Falcon, Falcon 500 and Fairmont Sedans, Falcon, Falcon 500 and Fairmont Wagons, Falcon and Falcon 500 Utilities and the Falcon Van. The new wagons shared the 111-inch (2,800 mm) wheelbase with the XR sedans, unlike the 1966 US Falcon wagons which featured a 115-inch (2,900 mm) wheelbase. The Falcon 500 replaced the Falcon Deluxe of the XP series and the two door hardtop body style available in the XP series was not offered in the XR range.

The Falcon XR won the Wheels Car of the Year award in 1966, giving Ford Falcon two straight wins.

The marketing focus on the Falcon's relationship with the Mustang's sporty appeal led to Ford introducing a Falcon GT variant of the XR in 1967, featuring a 225 bhp (168 kW) version of the 289 cubic inch (4.7 litre) Windsor V8 engine, sourced from the Ford Mustang. The GT heralded the dawn of the Aussie muscle car. All of the original XR GTs were painted in the colour 'GT Gold', except for eight that were "Gallaher Silver" and another five that were "Russet Bronze, Sultan Maroon, Polar White, Avis White and Ivy Green". The non-gold GTs, while having the same specifications, are the rarest of the early Australian muscle cars.

  • Ford XR Falcon 500 Sedan

  • Ford XR Falcon 500 Station Wagon

  • Ford XR Fairmont Sedan

  • Ford XR Falcon GT

  • Ford XR Falcon Utility

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1967 Gallaher 500 - Results
... Pos Class Class Pos No Team Drivers Car Laps Qual Pos 1 D 52 ... Ford Australia Harry Firth Fred Gibson Ford XR Falcon GT 2 ... D 53 ... Ford Australia Ian Geoghegan Leo Geoghegan Ford XR Falcon GT 3 ... E 1 60. 13 Clyde Hodgins Kevin Nipperess Morris 1100S 40 ... D 59 ... Bruce McIntyre Ken Stacey Ford XR Falcon GT 41 ... A 5 ... Chris Cronan Steve Parkes Holden HB ... Smith Ford Cortina Mk.I 54 ... DNF B 23 Varsity Auto Centre Rick Radford John Prisk Morris Cooper 28 ... DNF C 33 Mal Brewster Bob Skelton Morris Cooper S 17 DNF C 32 Murray Bailey John Hicks ...
1967 Gallaher 500 - Class Structure - Top 10 Qualifiers
... Pos No Team Driver Car Qual Pole 53 Ford Australia Ian Geoghegan Ford XR Falcon GT 303.0 52 ... Ford Australia Fred Gibson Ford XR Falcon GT 303.2 61 ... Alec Mildren Alfa Romeo ... Motors Paul Hawkins Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV 305.7 51 ... Des West Ford XR Falcon GT 306.0 49 ... Mike Savva Ford XR Falcon GT 306.8 50 ... Greg Cusack Ford XR Falcon GT NA 55 ... Needham Motors ...
Ford XR Falcon - Motorsport
... Harry Firth and Fred Gibson won the 1967 Gallaher 500 at Bathurst in an XR Falcon GT entered by the "Ford Motor Company" ...

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