2019 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction

1976 Ford XC Fairmont GXL Sedan

$8,000 - $12,000

No Reserve


Engine 4.1 litre six-cylinder
Gearbox Three-speed Automatic
Engine No. JG32TB31209C
Chassis No. JG32TB31209C
Body Work Sedan
Colour Platinum blue
Interior Dusk Blue
Trim Cloth
Wheels Alloy GXL Sports Wheels
Brakes Disc/disc

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The final version of the third generation Falcon was the XC, easily recognisable by the restyled frontal aspect with its large rectangular headlamps (on Fairmonts) and - on later models at least - the first use of Ford's new blue oval badge for an Australian car. Introduced in July 1976, the XC also had different bumpers, revised bonnet line and less pronounced coke bottle effect, while the engines were also revised, with redesigned cylinder heads aimed at meeting strict new emissions controls. During the lifespan of the XC, Ford made some significant changes to the suspension for the switch to radial tyres. Ford released a range topping luxury model known as the Fairmont GXL, perhaps the closest in spirit to the GTs of old when fitted with the optional 351-cid V8. The GXL came with power discs front and rear as standard and most were sold in automatic form with either a 4.1 litre straight-six cylinder, a 4.9 litre V8 (now with four-barrel carburettor for better performance) or 5.7 litre V8 and all came with a 9-inch diff. Inside the upmarket appointments included power windows front and rear, cloth trim, air conditioning and a radio/tape deck while alloy wheels and special badging completed the package. All these goodies didn't come cheaply, with the asking price of $7822 a significant step up from the more basic Falcon models. The final XC rolled out in March 1979, making way for a new generation of Falcons ready to tackle the 1980s.


  • One registered owner 1976 Ford Fairmont GXL sedan
  • Very original throughout
  • Classic period piece ready for rejuvenation
  • No Reserve
Here we have a one registered owner, completely original 1976 XC-model Ford Fairmont GXL sedan. Bought from well-known Ford dealer Bib Stillwell, whose original ‘Customised BSS Ford’ badge is still on the boot and original dealer sticker in the rear window, this GXL spent its life in a hanger awaiting occasional use by its farmer owner when he flew in. Hence it has low kilometres for its age. Delivered new for a life in the country with air-conditioning and power steering, factory window tints, and V8-spec crossmember and radiator, our Fairmont is still very factory original throughout … with the expected commensurate wear to its metallic platinum blue paint and blue cloth trim. There’s a cigarette burn on the driver’s seat and its country life shows in the ingrained red dirt in the door trims, carpets and window seals, while the paint has lost its metallic gleam. A tow bar is fitted, and it is offered with its original books. There cannot be too many one registered owner cars like this with known history left, making this a rare purchase for a Ford enthusiast to enjoy as is or rejuvenate. Our Fairmont GXL is being offered for sale unregistered and with No Reserve.
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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