1969 Ford ZC Fairlane - auction action

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Big local cruiser has appeal

1969 Ford ZC Fairlane - auction action
Big happy cruiser - that's Fairlanes for you.

Ford Australia's ZC Fairlanes rate pretty high on our desirable index when it comes to local cars.

This was a facelift series for the local maker, most notable for adopting the vertically stacked headlights that had become a signature on US Fords a couple of years before. That simple styling tweak seems to give the cars more visual height and significantly more road presence - which is what you want in a big cruiser.

Fairlanes for years were a big and profitable seller for the local maker, popular among business people and anyone who wanted to make a bit of a statement about their success. They also proved to be reliable companions for commercial travellers and those who needed to do big distances.

They tended to languish in sheds for a while, but now people are keen to drag them out and play with them. Prices have been firming up, but they still offer pretty good value for money.

The car you see here is up for auction at Lloyds this Saturday and is typical big Ford under the skin, with the 351 V8 backed up by an auto transmission. Mechanically that means a sorted one is as fuss-free as you can get.

There are some minor modifications such as wheels, and overall it looks like a big happy cruiser.

Bidding has started online, look for lot 5.

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