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1978 Ford XC Falcon 500 sedan at the 2012 New South Wales All Ford Day, at Sydney Motorsport Park, Sydney

1978 Ford XC Falcon 500 sedan at the 2012 NSW All Ford Day, at Sydney Motorsport Park, by Paul McCurley - Flickr.com

The Ford XC Falcon is a car which was produced by Ford Australia between 1976 and 1979 and was built exclusively in Australia.

It was a facelift of the XB Falcon, itself an upgrade of the XA Falcon which had entered production in 1972.

It was the last model Falcon to use coke bottle styling and was replaced with the XD Falcon in 1979.



Model range

The XC Falcon range of passenger vehicles consisted of nine models:

  • 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:

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

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".

Replacement

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