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Old 01-19-2005, 07:51   #1 (permalink)
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XA-B-C A waste of time??? LOL

IMO Ford Australia should have just just sold these to us and saved themselves alot of time and money on just copying the design for the XA Coupes etc. Especially that most Ford "Aussie Muscle" Cars from this era[especially XR-XB GT Falcon] seem to be at least two thirds American origin Anyway??? Go ahead and hate me...Its okay!!! LOL Here is the Link !!!... http://www.hotautoweb.com/70cobra.html
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IMO Ford Australia should have just just sold these to us and saved themselves alot of time and money on just copying the design for the XA Coupes etc. Especially that most Ford "Aussie Muscle" Cars from this era[especially XR-XB GT Falcon] seem to be at least two thirds American origin Anyway??? Go ahead and hate me...Its okay!!! LOL Here is the Link !!!... http://www.hotautoweb.com/70cobra.html

No, more like Ford AU should have sold the XA with a 429. The 70-71 Torino may look similar to a XA but the car is friggin huge. The XA is about 18" (45.7cm) shorter but the same width. I've driven both and a stock XA will outhandle a stock 70-71 Torino anyday.

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Old 01-19-2005, 14:31   #3 (permalink)
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Nice car. I wouldn't knock it back, but our coupes look better.

Besides you have to remember that Ford is an 'american' company so similarities in design would be logical....
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What?

I assume this is the first time you've ever seen a Torino? Wait until you see some of the Mustangs (particularly the bonnet scoops) or some 1960s US Falcons. It'll blow your mind.
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Was that to me, or him?!
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Was that to me, or him?!
Sorry to him. I should have quoted.


EDIT: The reason I jumped on him was that he's made the same comments in at least one thread before & this seemed like a post to stir up coupe owners.

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Theses quotes taken from an article in US Muscle Mustangs and Fords mag about Mark Scarselli's XB GT:

"The Ford Falcon XB, and in particular the GT 351 version, was way ahead of its time. Compared to its WW1 biplane American counterparts, the Australian Falcon was like a modern jet fighter............In the past, I've had the chance to drive a restored 1970 Boss 302 Mustang and an unrestored 1968 428 Super Cobra Jet. Based on those past experiences and this one, the Falcon XB is clearly a far superior road car."

Full article can be found at: [http://www.musclemustangfastfords.co...2mmff_aussie/]

Torino's are a nice looking car and the shared styling similarities are obvious.

Other styling similarities here: [http://www.aus-ford-uk.co.uk/html/details8.html]
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The Ford Australia designers actually considered building a shortened version of the Torino as the XA hardtop, but it looked shit.
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The Ford Australia designers actually considered building a shortened version of the Torino as the XA hardtop, but it looked shit.
If you guys search around on the web for awhile, you can find a great deal on the history of the Falcon coupes. The cars were designed with US input after the Aussie engineers turned down the 70 Torino design as being too big for the Aussie market. If you look at what happened to the Chrysler AU VH/CH hardtops then you could say Ford AU made the right call by pushing for a smaller car.

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Theses quotes taken from an article in US Muscle Mustangs and Fords mag about Mark Scarselli's XB GT:

"The Ford Falcon XB, and in particular the GT 351 version, was way ahead of its time. Compared to its WW1 biplane American counterparts, the Australian Falcon was like a modern jet fighter............In the past, I've had the chance to drive a restored 1970 Boss 302 Mustang and an unrestored 1968 428 Super Cobra Jet. Based on those past experiences and this one, the Falcon XB is clearly a far superior road car."
I still have that copy of MM&FF. Like all car rags, they screwed up a couple of minor details but the article was still pretty well written. Mark's car is nice and is a fully optioned GT. As for the MM&FF quote, well I've driven every year model Mustang from 1964.5-1973 and I've driven many of the special Mustangs except for any year GT500 or Boss 429. I have also driven numerous Fairlanes and Torinos and without a doubt, my XA and the dozen or so XB/XC's I've driven are much better handling and riding cars.

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