Ford Falcon (XB)

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Ford XB Falcon
Ford Falcon 500 Sedan (XB).jpg
Ford Falcon 500 Sedan (XB) with GS Rally Pack.
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Australia
Production September 1973 – July 1976
Body and chassis
Body style 4 door sedan
5 door station wagon
2 door hardtop
2 door coupe utility
2 door panel van
Powertrain
Engine 200ci 6-cyl
250ci 6-cyl
302ci V8
351ci V8
Transmission 3spd manual (column)
4spd manual (floor)
3spd auto (column & floor)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2819mm
Length 4808mm
Width 1900mm
Height 1369mm
Curb weight 1394kg
Chronology
Predecessor XA Falcon
Successor XC Falcon

The Ford XB Falcon is a car which was produced by Ford Australia between 1973 and 1976 and was built exclusively in Australia. It bore minor cosmetic differences to the preceding model, the XA, aimed at giving the car a more muscular stance. First time equipment offerings included standard front disc brakes on all models[1] and an available carpeted interior.

Model range[edit]

The XB Falcon range included the following models:

  • Falcon Sedan
  • Falcon Wagon
  • Falcon Utility
  • Falcon Van
  • Falcon 500 Sedan
  • Falcon 500 Hardtop
  • Falcon 500 Wagon
  • Falcon 500 Utility
  • Falcon 500 Van
  • Futura Sedan
  • Fairmont Sedan
  • Fairmont Hardtop
  • Fairmont Wagon
  • Falcon GT Sedan
  • Falcon GT Hardtop

A Grand Sport Rally Pack option, which included bonnet scoops, striping, GS insignia and "GT" instrumentation, was available on Falcon 500, Futura and Fairmont models.[2][3]

John Goss Special[edit]

Main article: John Goss Special

Among the limited edition variants of the XB was the John Goss Special, released in 1975 and named for the race driver who took a Falcon to victory in the 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 Touring Car race at Bathurst. These specials were based on the Falcon 500 Hardtop, with decals and other bolt on options, such as the GT Bonnet. They were available in White with a choice of two accent colors: Emerald Fire and Apollo Blue. [4]

McLeod Ford "horn" cars.[edit]

Max McLeod owned a Ford dealership in Rockdale, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney, and sponsored John Goss entered Falcons in the South Pacific Touring Series, ATCC and multiple Bathurst 1000 races. In addition to further modifications to Fords own John Goss Special, McLeod offered the "horn" pack to various falcon models. These cars are known for their stand-out "strobe" stripes that were applied to the cars, these stripes were the same as used in the McLeod sponsored John Goss racing cars.


Production of the XB series totalled 211,971 vehicles.[5]

Motor sport[edit]

Allan Moffat won the 1974 Sandown 250 driving an XB Falcon GT Hardtop. He also won the 1976 Australian Touring Car Championship driving an XB Falcon GT Hardtop and drove both an XB Falcon GT Hardtop and an XC Falcon GS Hardtop to win the 1977 Australian Touring Car Championship.

Movies[edit]

In the movie Mad Max, Mel Gibson's black Pursuit Special was a limited GT351 version of a 1973 Ford XB Falcon Hardtop. Two 1974 XB sedans were also used as Main Force Patrol pursuit vehicles. A 1974 Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop is the main subject of the movie Love The Beast starring Eric Bana. The film documents the 25 year history of Eric Bana's XB Falcon, which he purchased at the age of 15.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norm Darwin, The History of Ford in Australia, 1986, page 169
  2. ^ Ford XB Falcon Sedan sales brochure, Ford Sales Company of Australia, 10/73, page 15
  3. ^ AC Bushby, The Australian Ford Falcon Collection, 1989, page 161
  4. ^ http://www.aussiecoupes.com/jgs.html
  5. ^ Tony David, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 136
  6. ^ 1974 Ford Falcon [XB] in Love The Beast, Documentary, 2009 at the Internet Movie Car Database.

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