2022 Shannons Winter Timed Online Auction

1974 Ford XB Fairmont (GS Options) 4.9 Sedan





Engine 393ci V8
Gearbox 3-speed automatic
Body Work Sedan
Colour Gold
Interior Brown
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Alloy
Brakes Disc/disc


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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. In November 1973 Ford updated the Falcon range and the new XB series was chiefly notable for having front disc brakes as standard (power assist was standard on models from the Futura upwards). The XB can be identified by the new bonnet and honeycomb-type grille treatment, new front and rear bumpers and wraparound tail lights and was available in either six-cylinder (200/250ci) or V8 (302/351ci) guise. Sitting above the Falcon and Futura models in terms of equipment levels, the Fairmont was about 30 per cent more expensive than the base Falcon sedan. Essentially the same engine powering the Falcon GT, the legendary Cleveland 351ci V8 was Ford's most powerful option for the XB model range, pumping out 260bhp at 4600rpm when equipped with the standard two-barrel carburettor. Offered with either a four-speed manual or automatic transmission, 351ci powered Fairmonts came with 3.00 or 2.75 back axle ratios respectively. Another option was the GS Rally Pack, with side stripes, three-spoke steering wheel, twin bonnet scoops and bonnet-locking pins. 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. 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.