2016 Shannons Melbourne Late Summer Classic Auction
1973 Ford XB Fairmont 302 V8 Station Wagon
Result: PASSED IN
|Body Work||Station Wagon|
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Ford’s XA Falcon was seen as a radical departure when introduced in 1972, with plenty of sheet metal reflecting the passion for big cars at the time. The XA was the first Falcon to be entirely designed and built in Australia and was also the first to offer both a hardtop coupe and long-wheelbase station wagon derivatives. The hardtop was launched at the 1972 London Motor Show and featured longer doors, low fastback roofline, retractable side glass and a tunnel rear window treatment. Ford updated the Falcon range in November 1973, the new XB series chiefly notable for having front disc brakes as standard (power assist was standard on models from the Futura upwards). The XB could be identified by the new bonnet and honeycomb-type grille treatment, reprofiled front and rear bumpers and wraparound tail lights while the engine line-up included both six-cylinder (200/250cid) or V8 (302/351-cid) powerplants. Positioned above the Falcon and Futura models in terms of equipment levels, the Fairmont was priced at $4044 in four-door guise (about 30% more expensive than the base Falcon) and well equipped with plenty of luxury features. The Fairmont Station Wagon used the same longer wheelbase platform as the Fairlane, boasting a clever two-way tailgate and an optional rearward facing third seat. An XB Fairmont became the 2,000,000th Ford built in Australia when it rolled off the production line on the 11th of November, 1975 – the same day the Whitlam Government was sacked –while the XB GT Coupe competed with Holden’s Torana XU-1 for top honours in the Australian Touring Car Championship during the early 1970s. These were good times for the Blue Oval, with the XB Falcon knocking Holden’s HQ off the top spot for passenger car sales in the first half of 1974.