Ford Falcon (XC)

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Ford Falcon (XC)
Ford Falcon XC GS Sedan.jpg
Ford Falcon 500 Sedan (XC) with GS Rally Pack & non-standard wheels
Manufacturer Ford Australia
Also called Ford Fairmont (XC)
Production July 1976 – March 1979
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door Sedan
4-door Station Wagon
2-door Hardtop
2-door Coupé utility
2-door Panel van
Engine 3.3 L Inline 6
4.1 L Inline 6
4.9 L Cleveland V8
5.8 L Cleveland V8
Transmission 3spd manual
4spd manual
3spd auto
Wheelbase 2819 mm
Length 4866 mm
Width 1900 mm
Height 1369 mm
Curb weight 1475 kg
Predecessor XB Falcon
Successor XD Falcon

The Ford XC Falcon is a car which was produced by Ford Australia between 1976 and 1979. It was a facelift of the XB Falcon, itself an upgrade of the XA Falcon which had entered production in 1972. Introduced in July 1976, the XC was the first model to comply with the new pollution regulations specified under Australian Design Rule 27A. The response to the 1st of July 1976, mandatory anti-pollution laws (ADR 27A), was to redevelop the Falcon six cylinder engines with a cross-flow head for greater efficiency.

Visually, the XC Falcon was given a restyle treatment. The XC had an less aggressive nose which incorporated two round headlights on Falcon models and two rectangular headlights on Fairmont models. Ford also addressed the vision problems of the XA and XB by going to great expense and redesigning the rear door windows and installing an all-new dash and installing higher front seats. It was the last model Falcon to use coke bottle styling and was replaced with the XD Falcon in 1979.

Total production of the XC range reached 171,082 vehicles [1] prior to the replacement of the XC by the XD Falcon in March 1979.[2]

Model range[edit]

The XC Falcon range of passenger vehicles consisted of nine models:[3]

  • Falcon Sedan
  • Falcon Wagon
  • Falcon 500 Sedan
  • Falcon 500 Wagon
  • Falcon GS Hardtop
  • Fairmont Sedan
  • Fairmont Wagon
  • Fairmont Hardtop
  • Fairmont GXL Sedan

The Fairmont models were not badged or marketed as Falcons.

The XC Falcon range of commercial vehicles consisted of five models: [4]

  • Falcon Van
  • Falcon 500 Van
  • Falcon Utility
  • Falcon 500 Utility
  • Falcon Sundowner Van

GS Rally Pack[edit]

A GS Rally Pack was fitted as standard equipment on the Falcon GS Hardtop [4] and was available as an option on Falcon 500 Sedan and Wagon,[4] Fairmont Sedan and Wagon,[4] Falcon Utility and Van [5] and on Falcon 500 Utility and Van.[5] The pack included special paint treatment, bonnet scoops, bumper overriders, slotted steel wheels, enhanced instrumentation, a sports steering wheel and long range driving lights.[4] The driving lights were not included when the pack was fitted to Fairmont models.[4]

Ford Falcon Cobra[edit]

Main article: Ford Falcon Cobra

In August 1978 Ford Australia introduced the limited production Falcon Cobra, a high-performance version of the XC Falcon Hardtop. Only 400 were built, including 4.9-litre and 5.8-litre street versions and 30 "Bathurst Specials".[6]

Allan Moffat Special[edit]

In 1977 a limited number (500) of the Falcon 500 sedan were marketed as Allan Moffat Special's. These cars received XB GT-style blackouts and a sticker on the front doors consisting of Allan Moffat's signature and an Australian flag, as well as other options such as the GS Rally pack and Sports handling suspension as standard. [7]

Sundowner Van[edit]

The Falcon Sundowner Van, based on the Falcon 500 Van, was introduced in 1977. It included options from the Falcon GS Hardtop, such as comprehensive instrumentation, bonnet scoops, slotted sports road wheels and driving lights, with side protection moulding´s and rear side glass deleted. Side and rear decals were included in the package.

Motor sport[edit]

The GS 500 Hardtop formed the basis for the Ford Falcon Cobra and a customer racing program, with a special "Evolution" (and later Evo II) package to homologate parts. At the 1977 Hardie-Ferodo 1000, Allan Moffat and Colin Bond drove Group C specification Hardtops to a "1, 2" formation finish. Moffat later went on to win the 1977 ATCC in both an XB GT Falcon Hardtop and XC GS 500 Hardtop.


  1. ^ Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 146
  2. ^ Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 156
  3. ^ Ford Cars - All Model Catalogue May 1978, page 64
  4. ^ a b c d e f Ford Cars - All Model Catalogue May 1978, page 48
  5. ^ a b Ford Cars - All Model Catalogue May 1978, page 37
  6. ^ Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 153
  7. ^

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