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.
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
Engine 200ci 6-cyl (3.28L)
250ci 6-cyl (4.97L)
302ci V8 (4.95L)
351ci V8 (5.75L)
Transmission 3spd manual (column)
4spd manual (floor)
3spd auto (column & floor)
Wheelbase 2819mm
Length 4808mm
Width 1900mm
Height 1369mm
Curb weight 1394kg
Predecessor XA Falcon
Successor XC Falcon

The Ford Falcon (XB) is a full-size car that was produced by Ford Australia from 1973 to 1976. It was the second iteration of the third generation of this Australian-made model and also included the Ford Fairmont (XB)—the luxury-oriented version of the Falcon.


The XB series 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]

Ford XB Falcon Hardtop "John Goss Special"
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]

Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop McLeod Ford "Horn car"

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.

In film[edit]

Replica of the Pursuit Special
Mad Max XB Sedan Main Force Patrol Pursuit Car

In the 1979 film Mad Max, the title character's black Pursuit Special was a 351 cu in (5.8 L) version of a 1973 Ford XB GT Falcon Hardtop. Two 1974 XB sedans were also used as Main Force Patrol Interceptor vehicles.

A 1974 Ford XB Falcon GT Hardtop is the subject of Eric Bana's 2009 documentary film Love the Beast. The film documents the 25-year history of Bana's XB Falcon, which he purchased at the age of 15.[6]


  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. ^ "Aussie Coupes - Mad Max Interceptor - Ford XB Falcon - Australian Ford falcon". 
  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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