This time 10 years ago Ford Australia was adulatory a ceremony in the development of the Ford Falcon.
For the 50th ceremony aback the aboriginal XK Falcon formed off the accumulation band Ford Australia produced a 50th Ceremony ambit of six models — with different colours and branding.
Six years after the aftermost Falcon formed off the accumulation band as Ford adopted its ‘One Ford’ all-around artefact development plan appear in 2008.
See an XA Falcon actuality accumulated at Wiri.
There had been hopes the Falcon ability anatomy allotment of that ‘One Ford’ plan — but in the end the all-around aggregation absitively instead to alter the Falcon in New Zealand and Australia with two models — the European congenital Ford Mondeo and the US congenital Ford Mustang.
The aboriginal XK archetypal Falcon formed off the accumulation band at Ford’s Broadmeadows accumulation bulb in Campbellfield, abreast Melbourne, on June 28, 1960.
The bulb was allotment of Ford’s affairs to body an Australian car to attempt with Holden rather than accumulating cartage such as the Consul, Zephyr and some United States models.
The XK Falcon was an Australian adaptation of the North American Falcon and went on auction on September 14, 1960. It had a 144ci (2.36l) in-line six butt agent that can trace its basal architectonics appropriate through to the aftermost 4.0-litre DOHC 24-valve units.
It developed 90hp (67kW) and 138ft-lb (187Nm) of torque and had either a three-speed chiral gearbox or article Holden couldn’t action at the time — an automated with all of two speeds.
The new Falcon was additionally offered in New Zealand in antagonism to the accepted Holdens of the time, and the British advised Ford Zephyrs and Zodiacs.
By allegory the 1960 FB Holden had a 138ci (2.16l) beeline six agent authoritative 75hp (56kW) and Ford’s Mark II Zephyr had a 156ci (2.55l) beeline six authoritative 86hp (64kW).
The Falcon was lighter, but bigger, but wasn’t as acceptable initially for Australian and New Zealand conditions.
Future models addressed this issue.
The aboriginal bearing Falcon progressed through XL, XM and XP versions until the new appearance XR Falcon appeared in 1966. The aboriginal V8 archetypal powered by the 289ci (4.7l) Mustang agent appeared in 1967 — the bearing of the GT.
By the barrage of the XR the Falcon was now actuality accumulated in New Zealand at Ford’s Seaview bulb in Wellington.
Ford New Zealand was expanding, and congenital a new bulb at Wiri in Auckland area Falcon accumulation confused in 1972.
The Mustang aggressive XR, XT, XW and XY models that ran until 1972 are the foundation of the Falcon’s beef car acceptability congenital on the aback of Bathurst successes.
They were followed by the XA, XB and XC from 1972 until 1978.
The third bearing models were the aboriginal to be ‘all Australian’ as the Americans had alone the Falcon from its range.
Styling still had hints of Mustang and the Ford Torino.
The new cars were bigger than the approachable models, but had abundant of the aforementioned agent and drivetrain choices.
The fourth bearing ran from 1979-1988 — The XD, XE, XF, XG and XH models.This ambit bore added affinity to Ford Europe’s offerings — best conspicuously the Granada.In 1982 the XF was the aboriginal Falcon aback the XP to not action a V8. It was additionally the alpha of agent development for bigger abridgement and to run on unleaded fuel.
In 1988 the decade of the fifth bearing EA, EB, EB II, ED, EF and EL Falcons was to reign.
Styling was still European — now the Ford Scorpio.
New 3.2 litre and 3.9 litre engines were offered and in 1991 the V8 was reintroduced.
As we headed appear a new century, agent assurance and disciplinarian and commuter refinements were the adjustment of the day — and the E models accustomed upgraded ability steering, ABS brakes and abeyance refinements.
Over the abutting 12 years the sixth bearing falcon paved the way for the avant-garde big car.The AU was about for fours years afore actuality abolished by the BA and again the BA II.
The BA ambit was a above advancement of the AU and included the barrage of the now acclaimed Barra beeline six. The turbo models accepted V8 beaters.
The BF looked similar, but the powertrain was added aesthetic and added new cyberbanking aids were added.
Ford Falcon angled out with the FG and FG X ambit that ran for addition eight years.Ford Australia was now aback into achievement approach — with XR6 Turbo and XR8 models on action — as able-bodied as added Ford achievement cartage and Tickford options.
The Geelong branch produced its aftermost Australian-made straight-six and V8 engines on September 26, 2016 and accumulation at Broadmeadows concluded on October 7, 2016, catastrophe Ford’s 88 year history in Australia and 56 years of the Falcon.
With a bit of irony, the October date was Bathurst 1000 weekend, won by Mark Winterbottom and Dean Canto in an FG X Falcon — captivation off a leash of Holden Commodores.
New Zealand had concluded accumulation of Ford cartage in 1997.