Mysterious discovery of the 1970 Ford Falcon XW GTHO Stage 1.5 in a new book

Two new sections of the Ford Falcon GTHO monitor file fill extra voids within the historic historical past of certainly one of Australia’s most iconic muscle automobile collection.


Extra lacking items within the tales of the Ford Falcon GTHO – one of the crucial iconic muscle automobile collection of the golden age of Australian motoring – are set to be revealed within the newest version of the traditionally vital guide.

After the entire sale success of 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Section III Register — which documented each mannequin constructed — car historian Ross Vass goes manner again in time within the 1970 Ford Falcon GTHO period.

On the time, Australia’s main motorsport class required racing vehicles to be consultant of street vehicles, resulting in a efficiency struggle and showroom battle between Ford, Holden and – ultimately – Chrysler.



But it surely was Ford that dominated motor racing within the early Seventies, within the course of of making a collection of street vehicles which might be right now thought of priceless — a few of which have offered for greater than $1 million.

Nevertheless, as the most recent books within the collection have found — documenting each mannequin assembled, down to each final element — Ford needed to rapidly produce a restricted set of vehicles to make up sufficient numbers to be eligible for the 1970 Bathurst Auto Race.

That is how the Ford Falcon GTHO Section 1.5 was created in 1970, after the primary section was in-built 1969.



“The 1.5 stage powered the all-new high-performance 351 HO V8 Cleveland engine with hydraulic valve practice, versus the second stage which had working gear such because the mechanical hard-lever valve practice, shut ratio gearbox, and Detroit locker rear axle, making it Nearer to the third stage.

“Ford needed to construct 110 particular models or else they would not be capable of go to motorsports. The total story of how all of this was revealed is included intimately within the guide Stage 1.5.”

The primary 351 hardcover fashions of each new guide — every costing $351, referring to the cubic capability of the V8 — offered out on-line inside quarter-hour in April.



In response to this demand, the “Blue Editions” soft-cover books for Section 1.5 and Section 2 at the moment are out there to order earlier than supply in November – in the identical manner that the “Blue Editions” soft-cover books had been supplied to a wider viewers as soon as the restricted hard-cover editions of the Ford Falcon GTHO Section III recorded 1971.

As was the case with final 12 months’s Ford Falcon GTHO Stage 3 file, the “blue editions” of the most recent books can be printed on demand and can themselves grow to be collectible as a result of the creator has pledged to not reprint them.

To protect the traditionally vital info within the books, primarily based on many years of analysis, copies of every are donated to nationwide and authorities libraries throughout Australia.



“As soon as orders shut, as was the case with the 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Section III file, we are going to by no means reprint it,” Mr. Vass mentioned.

“As with final 12 months’s guide, as soon as it is all offered out it is over. There can be no going again, and this would possibly not be one other Johnny Farnam ‘Farewell to Live shows’ tour.”

The primary hardcover hardcover copy of the 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Section III file – donated by the creator and signed by racing legend Alan Moffat, who drove the automobile into Australian folklore and into the historical past books together with his Bathurst victory – not too long ago offered for $16000 To lift cash for dementia Australia.



former Wheels Journal editor Peter Robinson mentioned of final 12 months’s Ford Falcon GTHO Section III file: “This is not the primary guide dedicated to a single automobile mannequin, however I’ve by no means seen a quantity of a single mannequin match Vasse’s efforts when it comes to completeness, background data and 1000’s of details. It really is my encyclopedia in cowl it.”

The brand new books embody the entire manufacturing information for the Ford GTHO Section 1.5 and Section 2, which had been first publicly revealed.

Mr. Vass accomplished “forensic” analysis for books over greater than three many years, discovering many “portraits of the interval by no means earlier than seen”.

Inside every reference guide you will discover particulars of the construct specs for each 1970 constructed Falcon GTHO, together with every car’s paint shade and end vary, manufacturing unit choices with every, ultimate meeting and retail dates, uncommon construct distortions and one- off Falcon GTHOs,” Mr. Fass mentioned.

“Turning each web page is like watching a scene from GTHOs on the manufacturing line, as every file from 287 Section 2s goes via one after the other. Even manufacturing specs for a one-off GTHO made in Fanta orange are included.”

Vass says that every guide incorporates “info beforehand recognized solely to insiders” and that “mysteries have been solved, myths revealed, and secrets and techniques revealed”.



“Ford dealerships the place each 1970 Ford Falcon XW GTHO is mapped, many years of resale worth traits, and direct ‘reminiscence lane’ accounts from unique and former house owners are additionally included,” he mentioned.

The “Blue Editions” of the 2 books—in Section 1.5 and Section 2—can be found individually for $275 every, or bundled as a pair for $499.

“On Good Friday, we introduced particular person fake leather-based numbered 1 to 351 restricted version Falcon GTHO Section 1.5 and Section 2 books, and though they had been priced at $351 every, they offered out in a file quarter-hour, Mr. Fez mentioned.

“With a whole lot of Ford followers on the ready checklist hoping for cancellation, we thought a soft-covered ‘Blue Version’ model can be finest.

Mr. Vass added, “After writing the Section 3 Bible for GTHO final 12 months, many readers have requested us for a guide on different HOs akin to Section 2, Section 1, and even Section IV.”

The discharge date for the 2 new books — formally endorsed by Ford Motor Firm — is ready for November 30, 2022, with supply in time for Christmas.



And for followers questioning concerning the 1969 Ford Falcon XW GTHO Section One, Mr. Vass mentioned, “This guide is scheduled for launch in 2023, though we’ve not opened orders but.”

Joshua Dowling has been an automotive journalist for over 20 years, spending most of that point working for the Sydney Morning Herald (as an automotive editor and one of many early members of the Drive workforce) and Information Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice/Drive in late 2018, and has been one of many world’s automotive judges for 10 years.

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