Road Tests Real world tests of Thunderbird vs Falcon GT-HO Phase III

0-60mph

Top speed

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Ford Thunderbird

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Front view of Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III

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Fewer cars built 300 vs 21,380 71.3x fewer instances built
Much faster to 60mph 6.4 s vs 9.7 s Around 35% faster to 60mph
Faster top speed 142 mph vs 106 mph 36 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 370 HP @ 5,400 RPM vs 206 HP @ 4,500 RPM Around 80% stronger engine
More torque 380 ft-lb @ 3,400 RPM vs 297 ft-lb @ 2,700 RPM Around 30% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 5,752 cc vs 4,778 cc More than 20% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Thunderbird  vs
Falcon GT-HO Phase III 
Brand Ford Ford
Year 1957 1971
Number built 21,380 300

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 16.36 lb/hp 9.08 lb/hp
Maximum hp 206 HP @ 4,500 RPM 370 HP @ 5,400 RPM
Maximum torque 297 ft-lb @ 2,700 RPM 380 ft-lb @ 3,400 RPM
Steering system Recirculating ball Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 4,778 cc 5,752 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9.7:1 11.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.8 in / 3.44 in 4.02 in / 3.5 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,370 lb 3,360 lb
Width 71.3 in 73.8 in
Height 52.2 in 54.7 in
Length 181.4 in 184.6 in
Front track width 56 in 59 in
Wheelbase 102 in 111 in

road tests

Thunderbird  vs
Falcon GT-HO Phase III 
Top speed 106 mph 142 mph
0-60mph 9.7 s 6.4 s

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD RWD w/LSD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 3 4
Axle ratio 3.1:1 3.5:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Drum Disc
Rear brakes Drum Disc
Front wheels 190/90 14 356/? 152
Rear wheels 190/90 14 356/? 152
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