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TMR Team | Feb, 18 2013 | 14 Comments

The 'Blue Oval Camp' has marked the FPV brand's move to full Ford ownership, announcing the arrival of the first of the new Falcon GTs to be built at its Broadmeadows plant.

Rolling off the line this week, the Silhouette-black sedan (with black Shadow leather interior, if you must know) is the first GT built at 'Broady' in 37 years.

The first Falcon GT, an XR model, was built at the plant in 1967, while the last to roll out of Broadmeadows before this week was a 1976 XB GT.

“Ford’s history with performance vehicles goes back a very long way and nameplates such as GS and GT are warmly welcomed back in-house," Ford Australia boss Bob Graziano said.

"The F6 range features the most potent version of our locally developed i6 engine and it’s a real buzz for us to be completing these cars for the first time."

Graziano added that while those performance models had previously been built by the Ford and Prodrive-owned FPV at its Glenbarry Road plant, he said the brand "is returning to its natural home".

Ford has built a dedicated FPV area at the Broadmeadows plant, and the carmaker says that bringing the FPV brand in-house has achieved a number of assembly efficiencies.

The carmaker has eliminated "double-handling" of the vehicles, with the base Ford models no longer needing to be relocated to an external FPV facility for assembly.

Likewise, the exhaust vacuum tubes are now fitted on the production line, cutting out the disassembly-at-Ford and reassembly-at-FPV stage.

Engines for the FPV models are produced at Ford's Geelong plant, with supply of the new Miami V8 engines also scheduled to come out of Geelong in the near future.

This week's announcement follows news in August last year that Prodrive would exit the local market, selling its 51 percent share in the FPV brand to partner Ford.

The FPV line-up will continue to be sold through the carmaker's existing FPV specialist dealers, with no change expected to the current service and warranty arrangements.


History of the Falcon GT (courtesy Ford)

1967 XR GT

  • First Falcon GT
  • 289 ci ‘Mustang Powered’ V8, 4-barrel carburettor and 4-speed floor-shift manual transmission producing 225 bhp (168 kW)
  • All XR GTs where finished in Gold with black rally stripes. 12 cars were finished in Silver for the Gallaher Cigarette Company
  • XR GTs took out first and second place at Bathurst in October 1967
  • XR GT Cost $3,890. A total of 596 were sold

1968 XT GT

  • Second-generation Falcon GT
  • 302 ci V8 producing 230 bhp (172 kW) replaced the 289 ci unit
  • Available in GT Gold, GT Silver, GT White, Candy Apple Red and Zircon Green with full-length stripes available in white or red
  • Beaten by the 327 ci HK Monaro at Bathurst in 1968, an XR GT finished 7th and an XT GT finished 9th. The XW GT was to be bigger and better
  • XT GT cost $4,050. A total of 1415 were produced

1969 XW GT

  • Third-generation Falcon GT
  • 302 ci replaced by a 351 ci, 290 bhp (216 kW) V8 fitted with hydraulic lifters
  • A new ‘HO’ (Handling Option) model was offered adding additional features to the GT:
    Front spoiler, Rear roll bar, 3” diameter tail shaft, New camshaft, Alloy inlet manifold, Holley 650CFM carburetor
  • With the XW Coming 2nd, 4th and 5th at Bathurst in 1969, the XY was to be the ultimate GT
  • 2287 GTs and 260 Phase I GTHOs were produced
  • XW GT cost $4,200. GTHO cost $4,495

1970 XW GTHO Phase II

  • Windsor replaced with new Cleveland 351ci engine fitted with solid lifters, 780 cubic feet per minute Holley and revised gear ratios
  • Official power figures were quoted as ‘300 bhp’ (224 kW)
  • The Phase II GTHO came 1st and 2nd at Bathurst in 1970
  • 402 Phase II GTHOs were produced.

1971 XY GT

  • Fourth-generation Falcon GT
  • 351 ci engine continued to be quoted as ‘300 bhp’ (unofficial estimates have suggested it could have produced more than 380 bhp (283 kW)) and was fitted with a prominent cold-air Ram Induction ‘Shaker’ air cleaner
  • The GTHO (Phase III) now featured a rear deck lid spoiler, new harmonic balancer, engine bearings, valve gear, Mustang ‘Boss’ head gaskets and a full extractor system over the GT
  • The GTHO was one of the fastest production sedans in the world and placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th at Bathurst in 1971
  • 1557 XY GTs and 300 Phase III GTHOs were produced
  • The XY GT cost $4,824. The GTHO cost $5,250

1972 XA GT

  • The GT and GTHO (Phase IV) program was fully integrated into XA’s development
  • XA GTs came with driving lights, lowered suspension and full instrumentation and a 300 bhp engine
  • GTHO featured a finned, large capacity sump, new combustion chambers and extractors and was quoted to produce ‘340’ bhp (254 kW)
  • Only one XA GTHO entered into competition as the program was cancelled as a result of the widely reported ‘super car scare’ of 1972
  • 1868 XA GT sedans and 891 hardtops were produced. It is believed that only 4 Phase IV GTHOs were ever produced

1974 XB GT

  • With the GTHO no longer available, the XB GT was the only model on offer until 1976
  • The introduction of the XC Falcon range marked the end of production of the GT for the foreseeable future
  • 1950 XB GT sedans and 949 GT hardtops were produced.

2013 FG GT

  • Fitted with a 335 kW, 5.0-litre supercharged ‘Miami’ V8 engine, the FG GT, in R-SPEC guise is the fastest Australian-made production car to date
  • The first ‘Ford produced’ FPV GT leaves the FPV assembly facility Monday, February 18 2013

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