For Sale: 1969 Ford XT Falcon GT, original 302 V8 manual

September 25, 2020

An original 1969 Ford XT Falcon GT is currently up for auction in Queensland, in the original colour combination and complete with an original 302 V8 and four-speed manual.

The secondhand car market is booming at the moment, in contrast to the new car market, perhaps as consumers are weathering the COVID-19 storm and looking into ways of saving money. According to recent findings, used car prices are up 25 per cent on last year as demand climbs. However, we doubt the uptick in the secondhand market is due to sales of collectable stuff like this.

Even so, this old girl could be a great investment. It’s described as being in “good” condition in most areas, with original interior trimmings and controls all intact. All of the gauges are said to be running as normal, and even the black vinyl roof lining is stitched up nice and tight.

Although the later XW and XY Falcons have, historically, been more desirable, the second-generation XR and XT Falcons have become highly sought after in more recent years. Especially since Ford Australia has closed down local factories and ceased producing the Falcon nameplate.

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The XT was introduced in 1968 as a facelift to the XR, which was the first Falcon GT ever offered. For the XT, which only lasted until 1969, the XR GT’s 4.7L (289ci) V8 engine was replaced with a 4.9L (302) unit. Although, it was originally marketed as a 5.0-litre engine, taking on the newer metric system which came in at the time.

The 302 produced a solid 172kW (230hp) in the GT, up from 157kW offered in the standard Falcons and Fairmonts optioned with the same V8. It also came matched with a four-speed manual as opposed to the three-speed manual offered in the other V8 models.

According to the auction description this example has travelled just 81,863 miles. That’s just 131,800km, which is not much at all for a 50-year-old car. It looks like it’s only 10 years old. Even the standard wheels appear to be in top condition.

At the time of writing the auction is at AU$38,259, but the reserve yet to be reached. The auction finishes in five days – Wednesday, September 30. Head over to GraysOnline to check it out.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.