Ford Falcon XY GT tribute - Toybox

By: Guy Allen, Photography by: Australian Muscle Car Sales

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Big handsome XY boasts a Cleveland stroker

There was a time, as recently as 15 years ago, when the whole idea of a replica or tribute GT Ford would have seemed a little absurd. Why would you go to all that trouble when a real one was readily available and not hugely expensive? Then the first big price waves hit – alongside the mining boom – and good GTs, and of course HOs, seemed to be worth literally their weight in gold.

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In the last decade, not only have replicas become more numerous, but they’ve been accepted as a legitimate part of the classic car market, with XY Ford GTs at the head of the local pack. When an HO can climb well past half a million, a tribute GT at a fraction of the cost starts to look like a good proposition.

That’s what we’re looking at here – what seems to be a nicely-done XY that started life as a Fairmont in Teal Glow livery.

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The seller, Australian Muscle Car Sales, says the original build was done 10 years ago with a refresh five years later.

The powerplant is by Kanaris Engines and is a 408 Cleveland stroker with ported aluminium heads, forged crank and numerous upgrades.

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It’s breathing through a 750cfm Holley, claiming 620hp at 6750rpm when built, translating to 487hp at the wheels. Assuming that’s right, it should be a very quick car. The transmission is a four-speed Toploader with an upgraded 9-inch diff.

In case you’re wondering, the sunroof is a period Golde unit.

Australian Muscle Car Sales has this one, plated as an 11/70 build, on at $115,000.

 

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