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1981 Ford XD Falcon ESP sedan, at the 2009 NSW All Ford Day, Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney. PM

1981 Ford XD Falcon ESP sedan, at the 2009 NSW All Ford Day, Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney. by Paul McCurley - Flickr.com

The Ford XD Falcon is a car that was produced by the Ford Motor Company of Australia between 1979 and 1982.

The XD series was introduced on 28 March 1979 and was initially offered in five models:

  • Falcon GL (sedan and wagon)
  • Fairmont (sedan and wagon)
  • Fairmont Ghia (sedan)


There was also an ESP (European Sports Pack) model released in 1980 (shown here).

The base engine was a 3.3-litre six-cylinder with a 4.1-litre (250 cu in) six, a 4.9-litre (302 cu in) and a 5.8-litre (351 cu in) also available. Transmissions available were 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.

Commercial variants of the XD Falcon were released in September 1979 with four models offered:

  • Falcon (utility and van)
  • Falcon GL (utility and van)

A total of 197,293 XD Falcons were built.