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1971 Ford XY Falcon sedan. at the 2009 NSW All Ford, Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney. PM

1971 Ford XY Falcon sedan, at the 2009 NSW All Ford Day, Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney. by Paul McCurley - Flickr.com

The Ford XY Falcon is a car which was produced by Ford Australia from 1970 to 1972.


Introduction

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

Model range

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

  • 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.

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


Falcon GTHO Phase III

Falcon XY GT HO Phase III , at the 2011 NSW All Ford Day, at Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney

Falcon XY GT HO Phase III, at the 2011 NSW All Ford Day, at Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney, by Paul McCurley - Flickr.com

A high-performance Falcon GTHO Phase III was released in August 1971.

It was a modified version the Falcon GT built in 1971 with a heavily modified engine, a 4 speed top-loader gearbox and Detroit locker 9" differential.

It was also equipped with special brakes and handling package, plus a 36 US gal (136 L; 30 imp gal) fuel tank.



Falcon 4-wheel-drive utility

1972 Ford XY Falcon 4WD utility at the 2011 NSW All Ford Day, Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney. PM

1972 Ford XY Falcon 4WD utility at the 2011 NSW All Ford Day, Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney. by Paul McCurley - Flickr.com

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


Engines

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.

Production

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

Replacement

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