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1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III
« on: March 20, 2011, 05:32:43 AM »
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The Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III was a modified version the Falcon GT built in 1971 with a heavily modified engine, a 4 speed top-loader gearbox and Detroit locker 9" differential. It was also equipped with special brakes and handling package, plus a 36 US gal (136 L; 30 imp gal) fuel tank.

Winner of the 1971 Bathurst 500, driven by Allan Moffat, the Phase III has been described as "...simply one of the best cars in the world, a true GT that could take on Ferraris and Astons on their own terms..." by Sports Car World.

The GTHO's 351 Cleveland engine produced over 380 hp (283 kW) which, back in 1971, was grossly underrated to 300 hp (224 kW). Initial cars were equipped with an electrical rev limiter which came into effect at 6,150 rpm. With the rev limiter disabled, the engine was reputed to pull in excess of 7,000+ rpm, even in 4th gear. The "HO" portion of the name stood for "Handling Option", these options included bigger brakes, stiffer suspension, a front spoiler, a choice of 3 differentials and an optional close-ratio gearbox making the production GTHO very similar to the race version.

The Phase III was Australia's fastest four door production car for many years and in 1971 it won the Bathurst 500 motor race in the hands of Allan Moffat, however at the time the Chrysler Valiant E49 Charger held the Australian 1/4 mile record. In 1972 the 3.3 L (202) 6-cylinder LJ Torana GTR-XU1, driven by Peter Brock, defeated the GTHO to win Bathurst after brake problems and wet weather put paid to the GTHO challenge.


The Phase III GTHO is in incredibly high demand with collectors and investors worldwide. Good examples have been sold for prices in excess of A$700,000. Due to this demand, a small production run, and 'fewer than 100 remaining' there been a flow on effect into values of the lesser XW and other XY Falcons, particularly genuine GS and 'standard' GT models. Other models that have also benefited from the appreciation of the GTHO include the XA and XB GT hardtops, the earlier XW GTHO Phase 1 and 2 and the XC Cobra.

A Falcon XY GTHO Phase III was sold at by Bonhams & Goodmans at auction for A$683,650 in March 2007. The car had just 40,000 km on the clock. The buyer of the car said it will be garaged, and that it won't be driven, but that he will be "keeping it as an investment". The sale price set a new auction record for Australian muscle cars.Whilst in June 2007 another Phase III sold for A$750,000.

The Phase III GT is one of the few cars ever made that appreciated in value from the moment it left the dealership - even in 1975, four year old Phase IIIs were fetching prices equivalent to or higher than the on-road price of brand new XB GTs from Ford dealers.


The name of the car is often abbreviated to GTHO Phase III or even just Phase 3. Sometimes it is even referred to as a Hoey. It was also known as the Shaker because of the shaker scoop that protruded out of the bonnet and shook.

Race record

The Phase III was quite successful in the Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC). 1973 ATCC winner Allan Moffat drove a Phase III.

Moffat had great success with the Phase 3 in the Australian touring car racing where it was piloted to many race wins over its short life. One of the Phase IIIs driven by Moffat is now owned by Bowden's Own, an Australian car care products company. This particular example was driven to a number of victories by Moffat:

    * 1st 1971 Hardie-Ferodo 500, Bathurst
    * 1st 1972 TAA 1 Hour Race, Calder Park
    * 1st 1972 Australian Manufacturers' Championship, Round 4, Phillip Island
    * 1st 1972 Australian Manufacturers' Championship, Round 5, Surfers Paradise
    * 1st 1973 Australian Touring Car Championship, Round 1, Symmons Plains
    * 1st 1973 Australian Touring Car Championship, Round 2, Calder Park
    * 1st 1973 Australian Touring Car Championship, Round 3, Sandown Park
    * 1st 1973 Australian Touring Car Championship, Round 4, Wanneroo Park
    * 1st 1973 Australian Touring Car Championship, Round 7, Oran Park

A decent read of a motor magazine test that was done back when it was released (and you could get away with printing this sort of stuff !)
http://www.dudeworld.com.au/REVPHASE.HTML



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Re: 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2011, 10:13:39 AM »
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Re: 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2011, 11:57:58 AM »
I might have read this wrong, but wouldn't this belong in the fast and the furious since it's not a stock production car but a modified race/production car?

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Re: 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2011, 12:36:21 PM »
The Phase III was sold in dealerships.
The race cars were built from it.


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Re: 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2011, 01:30:53 PM »
The Phase III was sold in dealerships.
The race cars were built from it.


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Ok.  Just misunderstood that part

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Re: 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2011, 04:59:33 PM »
>Australian muscle cars

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Re: 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2011, 06:45:16 AM »
As much as I am a Holden (GM) man, i have to say i appreciate these things.

Still got smoked by the inline 6 cylinder Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Bathurst '72. :yup:

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