Having developed the world's first utility (in Australia) in
1933, the Ford publicists were again able to put an "Aussie Flavoured"
spin with the release of the XK utility in 1961
. Featuring the same basic look as the sedan, the rear
section of the roofline was replaced by a shortened broad
pillar, affording a sleek and muscular appearance. And like
the sedan, the ute would become an overnight success, with
both tradespeople and those on the land. Also for 1961 came the introduction of the XK Station Wagon,
affording a sizeable load space of 77 inches (1956mm) long by
53.5 inches (1359mm) wide, when the rear seats were folded
down. And like the utiity, the wagon also appeared "purpose built".
Compared to the FB Holden Station Sedan
, that looked a lot
like a utility with a canopy affixed, the Falcon wagon was
a revelation and deservedly stole a huge market share from the General.