2020 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction

1976 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe


Passed In


Engine 351ci V8
Gearbox Three-speed automatic
Body Work Coupe
Colour Yellow Blaze/Black vinyl roof
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl with Cloth insets
Wheels Bathurst Globe alloys
Brakes Discs


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The Ford XB-model Falcon GT represents the end of the line of models that established the GT legend. The model has been revived several times since but failed to engage enthusiast the way the original XR to XB models did. The launch in September 1973 of the XB also coincided with the Blue Oval’s decision to pull out of motor racing in Australia. The XB range was restyled from its XA-model predecessor with a new split grille, one-piece taillights and some significant mechanical improvements, including the option of four-wheel disc brakes. Ford again offered a high-performance version of the new XB in both sedan and coupe forms but moved it away from the fire-breathing XR-XY GTs and pitching the model instead as a more refined GT for the mature executive. Powered by the 351ci V8 with a four-barrel carburettor and developing 300 bhp at 5400 rpm, the XB GT certainly wasn’t lacking in grunt and could still turn the quarter mile in 15.8 seconds on its way to a theoretical top speed of 200 km/h. With a choice of four-speed Toploader or three-speed FMX automatic transmissions, the XB GT came with a limited-slip differential as standard. Graphically there was a blacked-out bonnet, grille and rear panel taillight panel, plus GT badges and a luxurious interior. Ford may not have run factory backed XB GTs in touring car racing but stalwarts like Allan Moffat, Murray Carter, John Goss and others persevered as privateers, with Kevin Bartlett teaming up with the latter for an unexpected win at Bathurst in 1974. In total there were 1950 sedans and 941 hardtop XB GTs made before production ceased in June 1976. And – like all Falcon GTs – prices of these have shown rapid growth in recent years, making them a fast appreciating asset that’s also great fun to drive.