2019 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction
1970 Ford XW Falcon 500 Sedan
|Engine||3.6 litre six-cylinder|
|Gearbox||Column Shift Manual|
|Wheels||Steel with hubcaps|
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The XW Falcon was produced from 1969 to 1970, in a range that featured eight passenger vehicles and three commercial models. The 3.1 litre & 3.6 litre in-line six-cylinder engines carried over from the XT Falcon, as did the 5.0 litre V8. A 5.8 litre V8 was also introduced with the XW. The XW represented the first real attempt to more definitely differentiate the Australian Falcon from the styling of its US equivalent. Many thought the XW to be an entirely new model, rather than merely a facelift of the XR/XT. The basic structure remained the same, but the Australian car replaced the traditional round tail lamps with horizontally split lenses, and introduced a heavier grille, with wrap around indicators and side lights, producing a distinctive and now unique design. The recessing of the rear windscreen helped add to the changed appearance of the car, while the interior also benefitted from a more masculine approach, featuring deep-set instruments housed in a square dash. Ford dubbed the new grille a "Power Mouth", a pretty accurate description, the squared off styling with recessed and offset grille making the XW appear far more muscular than any previous Falcon.