1974 Ford Falcon Review

1974 Ford Falcon XB GT 351cu.in. (5.8 ltr.) from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 351cu.in. (5.8 ltr.) Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance262000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Dodge Challenger R/T

Summary:

A quality road going race car

Faults:

Nothing major has occurred

Have had a full repaint (original color)

Drivers seat re-trimmed

New carpet

General wear items replaced i.e. clutch / brake pads (4 wheel disc's)

Serviced every 10,000 klms.

General Comments:

Last of the 70's GT Falcons some say the last real GT.

Getting more popular now as a collectors item these cars suffered badly at the hands fools in their prime.

They were a quick cheap car and got "thrashed" to death most ending up in wrecking yards.

A good example now fetching upward past $10,000 au. they are set to become part of our Australian Motoring History.

I thank everyone who has rescued a GT or a similar vehicle, oh so many were taken for granted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2002

4th Feb 2003, 07:13

I thought the XY GT, was the last of the real GT's!

XB GT, luxurious in the GT tradition? -Yes, but not in the performance stakes.

30th Mar 2005, 09:53

If you would tell people it was the same car that Mad Max drove I bet you will get it sold in no time.

31st Aug 2005, 22:57

The reason you can't sell your ute is because it is not a gt ford never made gt utes. It is probably a gs ute witch could be optioned up to nearly gt level when new. I also doubt any one would be willing to pay 30,000 for it.

9th Feb 2007, 01:32

XB GT are an appreciating classic. Like most people who own one they know what people are paying for the genuine article these days.

4th Sep 2010, 03:03

Hi, my name is Jack, I have been in the trade for over 25 years, I suppose that makes me old. But it doesn't matter what model GT I have in my workshop at one time, everyone's eyes light up with pure joy just to be near a part of Australian history.

I have rebuilt many GT's over the years for myself and customers. The one gem that I and many have overlooked over the years, is the XB GT. In the last 4 years, I have rebuilt 5 XB GTs from ground up, and consider myself a very lucky person to have helped these poor unsent souls. I have grown to appreciate this model, and think this model is a sleeping giant, as you can now see by their prices.

Good luck to all. And remember, have fun. Not too many people can truly say I own a part of Australian history!

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review