Ford Falcon XD wagon - today's budget tempter

By: Guy Allen

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Basic-spec wagon should be bang for your buck

We must admit to having a bit of a soft spot for XD Falcons. Though not really on the radar of collectors at the moment (unless it's a premium V8), they're a significant car in Ford Australia's history and will get there eventually.

Produced 1979 to 1982, the series won an important local design award and marked a significant break-away in style from the previous curvy 'coke bottle' shape to a more spartan straight-line look.

It was an interesting time for Ford. Holden had been wrong-footed by the a global oil supply scare and reduced the size of its main family car from the Kingswood to the Opel-derived Commodore. Ford meanwhile stuck to its guns with a full-sized platform. That turned out to be a smart move when it came to sales.

Four engines from a straight six 3.3lt to V8 5.8lt, were offered, plus three transmissions, including two manuals and an auto.

The car you see here has a column-shift manual tied to a six, though the owner doesn't say which one. Given the spec of the rest of the car, we suspect it will be the 3.3lt.

It also has bench seats front and rear, plus a towbar. Located in Vic, it comes with a roadworthy and is priced at $3860.

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