Ford Falcon (XR)

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XR Falcon
Ford Falcon XR GT 1967.jpg
Ford XR Falcon GT
Manufacturer Ford Australia
Also called XR Fairmont
Production September 1966 – March 1968
Body and chassis
Body style 4 door sedan
5 door station wagon
2 door coupe utility
2 door panel van
Related ZA Fairlane
Engine 170ci (2.8L) Inline 6
200ci (3.3L) Inline 6
289ci (4.7L) "Windsor" V8
Transmission 3spd manual
3spd auto
3spd Cruisomatic
Length 4689 mm
Width 1875 mm
Height 1389 mm
Curb weight 1333 kg
Predecessor XP Falcon
Successor XT 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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[2] The Falcon 500 replaced the Falcon Deluxe of the XP series[2] 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.


Harry Firth and Fred Gibson won the 1967 Gallaher 500 at Bathurst in an XR Falcon GT [3] entered by the "Ford Motor Company".[4]

A "race replica" of the XR Falcon GT which won the 1967 Gallaher 500


  1. ^ a b c Falcon XR technical_specifications Retrieved from on 5 January 2009
  2. ^ a b Norm Darwin, The History of Ford in Australia, 1986, page 160
  3. ^ Bill Tuckey, No substitute for cubic inches: Australia's Greatest Motor Race, 1981, pages 122 to 129
  4. ^ Official Programme, The Gallaher 500, Bathurst, 1 October 1967, page 37

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