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Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III: what it's like to drive

By David Morley, 20 Nov 2016 Features

Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III: what it's like to drive

Are the legends true?

I’ve been lucky enough to drive pretty much every Falcon model over the years, either professionally or just getting shickered mates home from the pub in the old days.

But the one everybody wants to know about is the mighty Phase III HO. Have I driven one? Nope, I’ve been super-fortunate enough to have driven two of them over the years. One was True Blue, the other was Ultra White. The big question is whether the Phase III really was as fabulous as the legend would have you believe.

The short answer is yes. Compared to a HK Monaro GTS 327 which left me disappointed beyond words, the Phase III was the opposite. From the moment you plant your boot, you can absolutely see what the fuss was all about.

In the day, the GT-HO must have been a dead-set phenomenon. Even today, it’s still a very special thing and not just because it’s worth the same as a decent house; it’s actually a pretty good drive.