The XA GT was the first Australian designed Ford, and the GT version was a more refined car than its predecessors (which had been designed more as road going race cars than true Grand Tourers).
Ford hoped to change this with the XA, but in so doing lost some of the raw appeal that had endeared the XR-XY to the public.
Sadly, a wave of media hysteria over Super Cars and government interference led to the cancelation of the new HO. Whatever the perception was of the road going XA GT’s performance, in racing hardtop guise, it remains the only Falcon to win twice at Bathurst.
Marketed under the ‘Born on the Wind’ slogan, the XA was a great success for Ford of Australia and a confident statement of its independence.