Ford Falcon XA

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Ford Falcon XA

1972 - 1973
6 cyl. & V8
3.3 & 4.1 liter 6 cyl. / 5.7liter V8
121 bhp (3.3 liter)
3/4 spd. man / 3 spd. auto
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The XA model was the first completely designed and built in Australia.

By the time it was released, the US version had been discontinued some 18 months earlier, and the designers had the opportunity of designing a more 'Australianised' car.

The result was a swoopy, coke bottle design, sleek but featuring a bigger, more roomy body and available with a wider choice of engines and a longer list of options.

In fact, the XA sported arguably the boldest design of any Falcon model to date. There were a plethora of body and engine choices on offer; the range started with the Falcon, then Falcon 500, Futura, Fairmont, and the mighty GT.

The station wagon versions used a longer wheelbase than the sedans, affording an even greater load space, but were only available in Falcon, Falcon 500 and Fairmont levels of trim.

Uniquely, the wagon's tailgate could be opened either down-wards or to one side.

As for the engines, both the 200 and 250ci six cylinder version carried over from the XY, the latter iteration available with either a single or twin-venturi carburetor.

Naturally the 302 and 351ci V8 engines remained, and although far less of the bent 8's were sold, they remained the stuff of dreams. Transmissions too remained as they were on the XY, with a 3 speed manual column shift or 4 speed floor mounted shift.

After a break of seven years, Ford introduced a two door hardtop version based on the sedan but with a lower roofline and wider rear wings. Marketed under the 'Born on the Wind' slogan, the XA was a great success for Ford of Australia and a confident statement of its independence.

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Also see:

Falcon XA Specifications
Falcon XA Brochure
Ford Falcon Commercials
Falcon/Fairlane Identification Guide
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