1971 ZD Ford Fairlane 500 – Today’s Opulent Aussie Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1971 ZD Ford Fairlane 500 1971 ZD Ford Fairlane 500

Old-school luxury

The ZD Ford Fairlane is the fourth and final iteration of the first generation of one of Australia’s best locally built luxury cars.

First released in November 1970, the final Z-Series Fairlane replaced the outgoing ZC model, and stayed in production until 1972.

Changes made over its predecessor were mostly cosmetic in nature, and included a new grille, revised taillights, new hubcaps and a refreshed interior.

Power came from either a 302ci or 351ci V8, and these bent eight donks sent drive to the Fairlanes rear wheels via a three or four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission.

This particular ZD Fairlane is a ’71 500 and comes equipped with the 302ci V8 and three-speed automatic ‘box.

According to the seller, the Fairlane is an unrestored survivor and has an original 75,500 miles on the odometer from new.

The seller adds that the vehicle is a rust-free country car and has recently had a transmission rebuild and new master cylinder fitted.

The Yellow Ochre Fairlane is $29,500 and anyone interested in this Luxo Aussie cruiser can view the full listing here


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