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Classic YouTube: The History Of The Ford Falcon GTHO – Ford Australia’s Historic Stomper!


Classic YouTube: The History Of The Ford Falcon GTHO – Ford Australia’s Historic Stomper!

The Falcon was done in the States by mid-1970, reduced to little more than a base-model Torino form, but in Australia the Falcon was an institution. Like a lot of Aussie cars, the Falcon was introduced as a localized variation of the same car we had, but with flavors that we simply didn’t have. The most mythical of these was the Falcon GTHO and it’s even wilder form, the Phase III. Powered by a 351, built like a brick house and for a moment the world’s fastest sedan, the Falcon GT HO Phase III is one of the top-tier muscle machines, period. It falls into the same mythological arena as the Hemi ‘Cuda, the Boss 429 Mustang, and the two 1969 ZL-1 Corvettes, and it has racing pedigree thanks to the efforts of Allan Moffat, “Pete” Geoghegan, and John French over the course of three years, between 1971-1973. Bathurst, Sandown, Surfer’s Paradise, Calder Park…it was easy to see why the Falcons became Aussie icons. Anyone could go out and see the super version of the car taking Holden and Chrysler Australia on at any given track, usually with a monster lead going.

This documentary will give you insight from the drivers, from the moment the Falcons became hot until the moment the proposed Falcon GTHO Phase IV kicked off the “Supercar Scare”. This is when things were exciting…the racing was getting fast, the cars getting faster, and the party was still raging on, just before a journalist named Evan Green and New South Wales Transport Minister Milton Morris combined took the good times around back and unmercifully beat them to death with rules and regulations.


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5 thoughts on “Classic YouTube: The History Of The Ford Falcon GTHO – Ford Australia’s Historic Stomper!

  1. Boss Mustang

    Reduced? So having a 429SCJ as an option was \”Reduced\” to the previous engine options?? By mid 1970? Author is not too bright.

  2. Boss Mustang

    Reduced? So having a 429SCJ as an option was “Reduced” to the previous engine options?? By mid 1970? Author is not too bright.

  3. HotRodPop

    Having seizures, Boss? Just jokin’… Aussies are like Ohioans, not much to do but drink and race! Seriously, though, how does a Kw relate to a HP? Been watching a lot of this stuff, and I’m in the dark on that one. GET OFF ME, I’M OLD!!!

  4. Chris In Australia

    Tarted up Fairmonts with crate motors. Over rated when new, and VASTLY overpriced now.

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