Ford Fairlane ZG

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Ford Fairlane

Ford Fairlane ZG

1973 - 1976
Country:
Australia
Engine:
6 cyl. & V8
Capacity:
250ci 6 / 302-351ci V8
Power:
155hp 6 / 220-290hp V8
Transmission:
3 spd. man/auto
Top Speed:
n/a
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
2 star
Ford Fairlane ZG
The ZG marked yet another gentle revision of its predecessor with a bolder, four horizontal bar grille and tail lamp tweaks.

As was usual for a mid-life facelift, the mechanicals were to recieve the majority of attention, and so it was with the ZG, Ford opting to fit heavier duty shock absorbers and a slightly higher ride height for both improved handling and a softer ride.

While much of the media attention was concerned with the energy crisis (and their dislike of anything V8), the public were becoming increasingly concerned with safety.

After extensive testing, Ford revised the front-end structures of the entire range, increasing the energy absoption and providing more effective crumple zones.

Engine choice remained between a 250ci (4.1liter) six, or a 302ci (4.9liter) or 351ci (5.8liter) V8. In fact, so popular was the 351 that Ford Australia began local manufacture!

While revisions to the equivalent XB Falcon gave it a new, modern look, there was growing concern that the Fairlane was still too closely associated in looks with the cheaper Falcon.

The answer was to upgrade equipment levels, and so in September 1975 the ZG Fairlane had its equipment levels upgraded to include as standard fare, vinyl roof, bumper overriders, more extensive carpeting (inclusive of the boot), improved interior trim and polished stainless steel exterior mouldings. There was a slight increase in price, of $136. It remains one of the most popular Fairlane models ever.

The ZG was manufactured between November, 1973 and May, 1976.

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Also see:


Fairlane ZG Specifications
Ford Fairlane ZG Brochure
Falcon/Fairlane Identification Guide
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