Ford Falcon (XD)
|Ford XD Falcon|
Ford XD Fairmont Ghia (with non-standard wheels)
|Also called||Ford XD Fairmont|
|Production||March 1979 – March 1982|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupe utility
2-door panel van
5-door station wagon
|Engine||3.3 L I6
4.1 L I6
4.9 L V8
5.8 L V8
|Transmission||3-speed automatic (column, floor)
3-speed manual (column)
4-speed manual (floor)
There was also an ESP (European Sports Pack) model released in 1980. 
The base engine was a 3.3 litre six cylinder engine. Other choices were: a 4.1-litre (250 cu in) six cylinder, a 4.9-litre (302 cu in) eight cylinder and a 5.8-litre (351 cu in) eight cylinder engine. Transmissions available were a three speed column shift manual for six cylinder versions, the popular four speed manual floor shift, and the most popular transmission choice, the three speed automatic with the selector lever located either the column or floor. Stylistically, the XD was strongly influenced by the European Ford Granada Mark II of 1977. Unlike the XC model, there was no 2-door hardtop model.
All vehicles had a carburettor with electronic ignition. Early in the production run in June 1980 the 3.3 and 4.1 inline six's iron cylinder head was replaced by an alloy head.
- Falcon GL (sedan and wagon)
- Fairmont (sedan and wagon)
- Fairmont Ghia (sedan)
- Fairmont Ghia ESP (sedan)
- Falcon (utility and van)
- Falcon GL (utility and van)
A total of 197,293 XD Falcons were built.
XD Phase 5
With Ford no longer involved in motorsport, Ford Australia designer Wayne Draper saw an opportunity to provide teams with racing spoilers. He set up an aftermarket body styling company with Bob McWilliam, but remained a silent partner to avoid conflicts with Ford management. Between 1976 and 1978 they produced front splitters for XB and XC Falcon Hardtop race cars. Draper, who was a Senior Designer for the XD-XF Falcon, purchased the rights to the "HO" nameplate, as "homologated options". Draper then designed an aero kit and tested scale models of a XD Falcon in Ford's Wind tunnel. This became known as "XD Phase 5". The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport implemented a few changes (including using Dick Johnson's "bucket" wing) to the cars for homologation and HO/Phase Auto then produced the 25 cars required to allow the XD to race as a Group C Touring Car.
- Ford XD Falcon technical specifications Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 5 June 2009
- Ford XD Falcon brochure Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 5 June 2009
- Cliff Chambers, (January 2005), Ford Falcon ESP – Ford's Sleeper, initially published in Unique Cars Magazine, Issue #243
- Ford XD Falcon Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 5 June 2009
- "Ford XD Falcon Specifications". AussieFords.com. Aussie Fords. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
- Sam Hollier, Street Fords Issue's 86 and 111
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