2011 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction
Lot
40

1971 Ford XY 'GT Replica' Utility

$23,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine 351cu V-8
Gearbox 4-Speed Manual
Body Work Utility
Colour Track Red
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Disc/Drum

Description

This lot is no longer available

The XY range of Falcons and Fairmonts were introduced in October 1970, becoming the final incarnation and most developed member of the XR-XY family. With revamped front and rear sheet metal, Ford created what many regard as the best looking Falcon of all. Sold in either six-cylinder or V8 form, the XY offered more performance than ever, was better built and - with improvements to the seats, handling and ride - was a well rounded package that found favour with the press and public alike. Other improvements across the entire XY range included better safety equipment. The Fairmont remained a more luxurious, better-equipped version of the Falcon and both could be had with the new range of Aussie six-cylinder engines, either in 200-cid or 250-cid guise. For buyers seeking more grunt, Ford offered the 302-cid or 351-cid V8s, also found in the legendary GT. Ford continued building a range of commercials, including the panel van and utility and even went so far as to offer a four-wheel drive ute. The XY Falcon represented the end of an era and has always had a strong following amongst Ford enthusiasts, to the extent that values have been rising sharply across the range, from the base level Falcon 500s to the ultimate GT-HO Phase III.

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