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The Ford XW Falcon was solely built to outweigh the Ford XT. Only built between June 1969 and October 1970, the XW Falcon had a short lifespan in which to impress car enthusiasts. Today we’re going to take a quick look at one of the long forgotten classic cars, the 1970 Ford XW Falcon GT Sedan.
Where did the inspiration come from?
The idea behind the XW Falcon was to create a more aggressive and manly car. They redesigned all the exterior panels – excluding the doors – and the dashboard. Ford even went so far as to design a new, bold grille and square taillights, providing a dramatic change between the XT and the XW.
What other changes were there?
In order to really make a statement, Ford increased the engine displacement by 9 inches, giving the GT a 351 cubic inch V8. If that wasn’t enough, they took things a step further with bolder strips, NACA hood scoops and a blacked out bonnet. There was even the option for some models to include a front spoiler.
The 1970 Ford XW Falcon generation
Although the XW had a short life, it saw a number of mechanical upgrades. The original 1969 engine was a 351 Windsor, one that featured in our top 10 engines of all time, and produced 290bhp. By January 1970, the 351 Windsor was replaced with the Cleveland 351 and it wasn’t until May when the 12 slot rims were replaced with 5 slots.
Despite upgrades, modifications and customizations, the XW Falcon didn’t win any races until 1970 when it was Allan Moffat who was driving.
In total, there were only 2,287 XW Falcon GTs made and only 30% of those were ever made in diamond white, like this one spotted in Melbourne, Australia.
What are your thoughts on the 1970 Ford XW Falcon GT Sedan?