Ford Falcon (XY)

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Ford XY Falcon
1971 Ford XY Falcon - NSW Police (5125380277).jpg
Ford Falcon sedan
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Australia
Also called XY Futura
XY Fairmont
Production October 1970 – March 1972
Assembly Australia
Port Elizabeth, South Africa [1]
Body and chassis
Class Full-size car
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
2-door coupe utility
2-door panel van
Layout FR layout
F4 layout [2]
Powertrain
Engine 200 cu in (3.3 L) I6
250 cu in (4.1 L) I6
302 cu in (4.9 L) V8
351 cu in (5.8 L) V8
Transmission 3-speed manual
4-speed manual
3-speed “Cruisomatic” automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,819 mm (111.0 in)
Length 4,689 mm (184.6 in)
Width 1,869 mm (73.6 in)
Height 1,417 mm (55.8 in)
Curb weight 1,362 kg (3,002.7 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor XW Falcon
Successor XA Falcon

The Ford Falcon (XY) is a full-size car that was produced by Ford Australia from 1970 to 1972. It was the fourth and last iteration of the second generation of this Australian-made model and also included the Ford Fairmont (XY)—the luxury-oriented version of the Falcon.

Overview[edit]

The XY Falcon was released in October 1970 replacing the XW Falcon.[3] The XY was a facelift of the XW, featuring a new divided grille and redesigned tail lights.[3] Improvements were made to seating, safety equipment and ride quality.[4]

Model range[edit]

The XY Falcon range featured eight passenger vehicles and three commercial models.[5]

  • Ford Falcon Sedan
  • Ford Falcon Wagon
  • Ford Falcon 500 Sedan
  • Ford Falcon 500 Wagon
  • Ford Futura Sedan
  • Ford Fairmont Sedan
  • Ford Fairmont Wagon
  • Ford Falcon GT Sedan
  • Ford Falcon Utility
  • Ford Falcon Van
  • Ford Falcon 500 Utility

Futura and Fairmont models, whilst marketed as part of the XY Falcon range, were not officially referred to or badged as Falcons.[6]

A GS Rally Pack was available as an option on Falcon 500, Futura and Fairmont Sedans and Wagons.[7]

Falcon GTHO Phase III[edit]

A high-performance Falcon GTHO Phase III[3] was released in May 1971.[8]

Falcon 4-wheel-drive utility[edit]

Ford Falcon 4-wheel-drive-utility

A four-wheel-drive version of the Utility was produced in 1972.[2] It was marketed simply as the Falcon 4-wheel-drive utility [9] and 432 examples were built.[9]

Engines[edit]

New 200 cu in (3.3 L) and 250 cu in (4.1 L) inline six-cylinder engines replaced the smaller-capacity sixes offered in the XW and the 302 cu in (4.9 L) and 351 cu in (5.8 L) V8s were carried over from the previous range.[10]

Production[edit]

Production of the XY Falcon range totalled 118,666 vehicles.[5] 1,557 XY Falcon GTs and 300 XY GT-HOs were built.[11]

Replacement[edit]

The XY range was replaced by the XA Falcon in March 1972.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Springbock Supercars - Aussie Style, Australian Muscle Car, Issue 10, Nov/Dec 2003, page 16 to 17
  2. ^ a b Norm Darwin, The History of Ford in Australia, 1986, page 165
  3. ^ a b c Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 118
  4. ^ Ford Falcon XY Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 17 February 2010
  5. ^ a b Falcon XY Technical Specifications Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 17 February 2010
  6. ^ Ford XY Falcon sales brochure, Ford Sales Company of Australia Limited
  7. ^ Ford XY Falcon sales brochure, Ford Sales Company of Australia Limited, pages 22–23
  8. ^ Glass’s Dealer Guide, South Australian & Northern Territory Edition, June 1973, page 54
  9. ^ a b AC Bushby, The Australian Ford Falcon Collection, 1989, pages 136–137
  10. ^ AC Bushby, The Australian Ford Falcon Collection, 1989, pages 163–164
  11. ^ Ford XY GTHO Phase III Technical Specifications Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 17 February 2010
  12. ^ Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 129