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Ford Falcon GT HO Phase III


Ford Falcon GT HO Phase III

The Australian Ford Falcon came out in 1967. It was based on the XR four-door sedan, but out went the straight-six in favor of a 289ci (4.7-liter) V8, and in went buckets seats and a four-speed manual. By 1971 the car reached its high-point with the 351ci (5.8-liter), 300bhp (231kW) XT-sedan based Falcon GT HO, the latter letter standing for 'Handling Option'. The Phase II was born to win Australia's famous 'Bathurst 500' race, so had front and rear anti-roll bars, stiffened springs, front discs, enlarged rear drum brake and a lower ride height. Under the hood there was the famous Cleveland 351ci (5.75-liter) engine which had more performance through better balancing, free-flowing heads, a solid-lifter camshaft and 780cfm carburettor. In this lightweight car it made the performance shattering. The Falcon GTs were known as 'Super Roos' and had logos on each front wing.

Ford Falcon GT HO Phase III Specifications

Top speed:144 mph (230 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h): 5.7 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:351 ci (5,751 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:300 bhp (223 kW) @ 5,400 rpm
Max torque:380 lb ft (314 Nm) @ 3,400 rpm
Weight:2,748 lb (1,249 kg)
Economy:14 mpg (5 km/I)
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