The Scottish GT's

You may recall that we have featured some of the Scottish GTs on this site on earlier pages.

This was my old GT.

We have now been able to track down this cars VIN, and from there, through the GT Historian, we can now list some of the options fitted.

Burnt Orange car with Walnut Glow paintouts; Saddle cloth interior; power steering; laminated windscreen; brown vinyl roof; electric windows; left hand door mirror; rear demister; Sports Road wheels; and Export Pack. The car was an automatic.

The car was also one of the six June, 1974 UK cars.

The car was first registered on 18th May, 1976, and last registered in 1984. It has disappeared.

Edit: actually, it did not quite disappear as this photo shows. I owned the car from August, 1982 until approximately July, 1984. I got this photo of my old car at taken at York Dragway from the later mid 1980s showing some of the less subtle, but common modifications these cars seem to acquire. The eighties have as much to answer for as the seventies.

This is Johns car.

This car is also a Burnt Orange car with a brown cloth interior and brown vinyl roof;

 power steering; laminated windscreen; electric windows; left hand door mirror; rear demister; Sports Road wheels; and Export Pack. The car was an automatic.

It is one of the seventeen March, 1974 XB GTs exported to the UK.

This car still exists in Scotland, and is under restoration.

This was Crawfys old GT.

We have also been able to get information about this car from its VIN. It was Sky View Blue with a Parchment interior; power steering; laminated windscreen; electric windows; left hand door mirror; rear demister; Sports Road wheels; and Export Pack

Although Crawfy saw the car when it was Sky View Blue, when he bought it it was already painted red.

This car is one of the seventeen March, 1974 export XB GTs and, in fact, its VIN is only two digits different from Johns car above.

This car was registered on 18th May, 1976, the same day as mine.

The XA and XB GTs exported to the UK

Through the kind efforts of the Ford Archive historian, and the Falcon GT Club of Autralias historian, we now have more information regarding the export of XA and XB GTs to the UK. It makes interesting reading.

The XA and XB GT Falcons sent to the UK

41 cars in total

18 XA GTs 17 hardtops and 1 four door, all automatic

First batch of five cars have an ESD of November, 1972. All five cars are similarly optioned, including mandatory seat belts (Option 03) and front and rear spoilers. All cars have vinyl roofs.

Ultra White, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Red Pepper, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof - this is the car that returned to Australia

Red Pepper, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof - based on its L registration letter, I strongly suspect                                                                     that this is Steves old car

Blaze Blue, parchment cloth interior, blue vinyl roof

Yellow fire, saddle cloth interior, black vinyl roof

 

Next batch of two car have an ESD of February, 1973. Both cars are similarly optioned. The mandatory seatbelt option is gone, but Option 99 Export Pack is now present.

Yellow Glow, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof.

Wild Violet, parchment vinyl interior, black vinyl roof.

 

The last batch of eleven cars have an ESD of March, 1973. Ten cars are hardtops and one is a four door. Nine of the hardtops are similarily optioned, including front and rear spoilers and export pack; but one is more heavily optioned, adding tinted rear and side glass, laminated windscreen and a sunroof. The four door did not have the front and rear spoilers.

Skyview Blue, parchment vinyl interior, blue vinyl roof - this is Sampsas car in Finland

Yellow Fire, saddle cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Polar White, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Red Pepper, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Red pepper, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Skyview Blue, parchment vinyl interior, blue vinyl roof

Polar White, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Polar White, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Polar White, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Polar White, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof, plus tinted glass, laminated windscreen and sunroof

Cosmic Blue, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof four door

 

23 XB GTs all are hardtops, 23 are automatics and 1 manual transmission

The first batch of seventeen cars have an ESD of March, 1974. All seventeen cars are similarly optioned, losing the spoilers that the XA cars had but gaining the laminated windscreen. Two cars do not have vinyl roofs.

Polar White, saddle cloth interior, brown vinyl roof

Polar White, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof - this was Jims car, here

Polar White, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Polar White, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Polar White, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Mulberry metallic, white cloth interior, beige vinyl roof

Mulberry metallic, white cloth interior, beige vinyl roof - this is Damons car

Deep Aqua, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Deep Aqua, saddle cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Skyview Blue, parchment interior - this is Crawfys old car, above

Skyview Blue, black cloth interior

Burnt Orange, brown cloth interior, brown vinyl roof - this is Johns car, above

Red Pepper, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof - this was Toms car, the third rusty Scottish Falcon

Red Pepper, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Red Pepper, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Tropic Gold, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Apollo Blue, white cloth interior, blue vinyl roof

 

The last batch of six cars have an ESD of June, 1974. These cars are similarly optioned to the first batch of seventeen.

Tropic Gold, saddle cloth interior, brown vinyl roof

Yellow Blaze, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Yellow Blaze, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Yellow Blaze, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Yellow Blaze, black cloth interior, black vinyl roof

Burnt Orange, saddle cloth interior, brown vinyl roof - this was my old car, above

 

Note: all of the UK XA and XB GTs were well optioned.

Every one had power steering (Option 06), electric windows (Option 46)and the sports road wheels (Option 52).

All had the left hand side mirror (Option 61).

All the XAs had the blackout bonnet (Option 55) and all the XBs had the tutone bonnet (Option 55). The colour of the tutone bonnet would vary depending on the base colour of the car; black, brown, or silver.

All the XBs had laminated windscreens (Option 11) and heated rear windows (Option 95).

All of the XAs, bar the four door, had front (Option 82) and rear (Option 81) spoilers.

All of the XAs, including the four door, had vinyl roofs:- black vinyl roof (Option 16),  blue vinyl roof (Option 78)

The XBs fitted with vinyl roofs were:- black vinyl roof (Option 16), brown vinyl roof (Option 17), blue vinyl roof (Option 78).

The heavily optioned XA also had:- sunroof (Option 10), laminated windscreen (Option 11), and tinted side and rear glass (Option 87).

The cloth interior cars had cloth inserts in the centre of each seat base and seat back.

XT, XW and XY GTs

And, just in case you thought it was only XA and XB GTs that came to the U.K. ?

2 XT GTs

Candy Apple Red, black vinyl interior, automatic trans :- (Option 06)-power steering, (Option 11)-laminated windscreen

Polar White, black vinyl interior, manual trans :- (Option 06)-power steering, (Option 11)-laminated windscreen

 

1 XW GT

Diamond White, black vinyl interior, automatic trans :- (Option 03)-front seat belts, (Option 06)-power steering, (Option 11)-laminated windscreen, (Option 16)-black vinyl roof, (Option 40)-air conditioning

 

2 XY GTs

Nugget Gold, saddle vinyl interior, automatic trans :- (Option 03)-front seat belts, (Option 06)-power steering

Ultra White, black vinyl interior, automatic trans :- Option 03)-front seat belts, (Option 06)-power steering, (Option 11)-laminated windscreen, (Option 16)-black vinyl roof, (Option 49)-delete body stripes, (Option 50)-delete black bonnet, (Option 60)-deleter Super Roo decals

Back to the sorry Scottish tale.

Sadly, Crawfys old car is one of the Rusty Scottish Falcons, the closer car.

Here are photos Crawfy has of his car in happier times. .

The rear car belonged to Jim from Glasgow. It was originally Polar White with a black vinyl roof, and a black cloth interior. Somewhere, along the line, it acquired a white interior.

Jim also painted the car red, and fitted fibreglass bumpes and bonnet with scoop.

Crawfy and Jim took their cars to York Dragway for some strip action.

But, as we have mentioned before, it all ended sadly. These two cars, plus another, were bought by the owner of a race driving school, and after a short period of promotional work, they were parked up - the above two outside, and the third inside a garage.

From the photos below, we can see the gradual decline and dis-integration of the cars, first Crawfys:-

A few years further on.

And Jims car:-

All three of us knew where these two cars went, and watched in sorrow as they got worse and worse in condition, until, they moved from where they were sitting as the owner moved to new premises.

The End.

When Crawfys car was being moved, it snapped in two at the bulkhead.

The day after these photos were taken, the cars were scrapped.

You may recall that the owner of these two cars had a third XB GT, stored in a garage near where these cars used to live. When these cars were moved, the good one did too. Sadly we have learned that the wooden shed where this car was stored, next to where the cars above were disposed of, was burned down by vandals. So, one owner in Scotland owned three XB GTs, and all have been destroyed. Shame.

A couple of XAs that also ended up in Scotland

Javs

Jims

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