Ford Falcon XD-XE V8/ESP – market review

By: Cliff Chambers, Unique Cars magazine

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Everyone wants an XY, but what about the very capable XD-XE series?

Ford Falcon XD-XE V8/ESP – market review
Ford Falcon XD ESP

It is very hard to understand why people would spend big money on XR-XY Fords but allow XD and XE V8s to be sent for scrap.

These cars took Ford to the top of the sales charts and almost sent Holden broke.

Fortunately, a few dedicated owners do love and preserved their XD-XEs so the market now includes some excellent, unmodified cars.

In 1983, Ford made a big marketing blunder by decreeing there would never ever be another Falcon V8, leaving the ESP to epitomise the company's folly.

XD or XE ESPs with 4.9-litre engines are fairly easy to find and cost around $20,000, however the four-speed XE 351 is headed for $50,000. 

XD-XE Falcon V8 $14,245 [14] 

XD-XE Fairmont V8 $18,540 [7]

XD ESP 351 $18,210 [9] 

XE ESP V8 23,900 [5] 

XE ESP 5.8 $40,000 [1]

[actual sales]

Values from 2015-16. Concours cars will fetch a premium.

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