2019 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction

1978 Ford XC Fairmont V8 Manual Wagon (Rally Pack)

$22,000 - $28,000


Engine 302ci V8
Gearbox Four-speed manual
Engine No. JG35UJ37590K
Chassis No. JG35UJ37590K
Body Work Wagon
Colour Sno White
Interior Saddle
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Alloy
Brakes Disc/disc

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The final update of Ford’s third generation Falcon model was the XC, characterised by a new squared-off grille (with large rectangular headlamps on Fairmonts), different bumpers, new tail lights and a less pronounced ‘Coke bottle’ hip line achieved by using ZF Fairlane rear doors. Introduced in July 1976, the XC had to meet strict new ADRs and the engines were heavily reworked to meet the latest emission regulations, both sixes featuring a new crossflow cylinder head with larger valves, revised cam timing, new rocker arms and alloy inlet manifolds. These changes significantly boosting both power and torque of the 3.3 and 4.1 litre engines, as they were now badged since Ford’s switch from Imperial measurements. During the lifespan of the XC, Ford made major changes to the suspension for the switch to radial tyres and added the signature ‘Blue Oval’ badge for the first time. The model range consisted of the Falcon, Futura (which disappeared part way through the XC’s run) and Fairmont. The drivetrain remained virtually unchanged, with the 4.1-litre six standard equipment (both 4.9 and 5.8-litre V8s were optional), while interior upgrades includes special cloth upholstery and a premium AM radio/cassette player. The XC was available in the usual range of body styles, from the basic sedan, station wagon and hardtop coupe to the commercial range of utilities and panel vans. After 171,082 units, the final XC rolled out in March 1979, making way for a new generation of Falcons ready to tackle the 1980s.


  • Two-owner XC Fairmont station wagon
  • V8 manual car
  • GS Rally Pack spec
  • Two-way tailgate
  • Country car all its life
Sold originally by the John Price Ford dealership in Myrtleford, this 1978 Ford Fairmont GS Rally Pack station wagon has lived in the Victorian high-country town all its life and has had only two owners from new. Factory fitted with the GS Rally Pack which brought special paint treatment, bonnet scoops, bumper overriders, a sports steering wheel and enhanced instrumentation, the GS slotted steel wheels have been replaced by GXL style alloy wheels. Other features of this example include a chromed roof rack, and the very desirable two-way rear tailgate. The 302ci V8 engine is hooked up to a four-speed manual transmission. Its Sno White paint is 90 percent original and in good condition, as is the saddle brown vinyl interior. Overall, it’s a very nice original car and a classic reflection of the period. Our 1978 Ford Fairmont GS Rally Pack station wagon would make a brilliant weekend family cruiser. Accompanied by a production confirmation letter from Ford and its original Factory glove box manual, the Big Ford will be offered for sale unregistered.
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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