Born in Australia, bred in South Africa

The difference between Australian Falcon GT and South African Fairmont GT

Thank you to Cameron Manewell of RestoPrep for permitting the publication of the below information

South African Fairmont XY GT

South African Fairmont XW GT


There are some examples with the

tail light lenses upside down, so

indicator at the top instead of the

bottom.  TBC

Stainless trim around rear window, instead of being

painted stain black like on the Aussie XY GTs.

(However the pic below shows one that has been



Alloy Shaker - the stripes have

been incorrectly done on this



XY GT Stripes - no Superoo

Factory braced and locking

pinned shaker bonnet

XY GT Sports racing mirror (Driverside only, we

have not seen any fitted with a passenger side

mirror, so we presume this was not an option)

XY GT Fuel cap

GT Bathurst fuel tank, was an


Power steering was an option

South African Fairmont XW GT

South African Fairmont XY GT

Australian Falcon XY GT

As with the XY GTs, the 54H body shell was used. As was the XW GT Vented bonnet with cable locking pins Some of the XW Fairmont GTs have XY stripes, but most had there own unique South African GT stripe, which appears to be an XY GT stripe, with the upper and lower stripes removed? (the stripe pictured is likely to be a poor reproduction, so the font is most likely incorrect)
Badges were relocated as seen in the pics below (Please note the XW GT shown here has been fitted with XY tail lights, it would have had XW tail lights originally)
Factory Sports Racing mirror
Also like the South African XY GT’s, the XW’s featured different interior patterns to those seen in the Aussie versions, but essential features like the GT dash, console and steering wheel were retained the same as the Aussie GT’s. The SA XW GT however still had the 140MPH speedometer as fitted to the Aussie GT’s and the 8,000rpm tachometer as they were a Cleveland powered XW GT.
Vinyl tops were very common in South Africa as seen on this XW GT

Window Glass features a different stamp to

that seen on the Aussie cars