|Engine||In-line 6-cylinder, 250-cid|
The XY range of Falcons and Fairmonts were introduced in October 1970, becoming the final incarnation of the XR-XY family. With revamped front and rear sheet metal, Ford’s replacement for the XW is widely regarded 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. With production totalling 118,666 cars across the entire range, 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.