1970 XY Ford Fairmont GT – Today’s Blue Oval Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1970 XY Ford Fairmont GT 1970 XY Ford Fairmont GT

GT, with a difference

The XY Ford Falcon is the fourth and final iteration of the second generation of one of Australia’s greatest automotive marques.

Replacing the outgoing XW, the XY was first released in October 1970, however, production lasted just 18 months, ending in March 1972.

Changes made over its predecessor were mostly stylistic and included a new front grille and redesigned tail lights.

Power came from a range of engines that comprised a 3.3lt or 4.1lt inline six-cylinder and a 4.9lt and 5.8lt V8.

The oomph from these motors was sent to the rear wheels via either a three or four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission.

Body styles that customers could have their XY in included a four-door sedan, five-door wagon, two-door ute and a two-door panel van.

The XYs model range was large, and customers could choose from a long list of variants: the Falcon, Falcon 500, Falcon Futura, Fairmont and the Falcon GT.

In addition, the XY was also made for export to South Africa, with the most notable model being the XY Fairmont GT.

Just 1800 of the South African market XY Fairmont GTs were built, and locally they were known as ‘Super-Rhino Fairmont GTs’.

This particular XY is a ’70 XY Fairmont GT with the 5.8lt bent-eight donk and three-speed automatic transmission.

According to the seller, the vehicle has been a one owner vehicle for the majority of its existence and is in original, unrestored condition.

The Fairmont GT is $48,000 and anyone interested in this odd-ball Aussie expatriate can view the full listing here


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