1966 Ford XP Fairmont – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

Neat project for a neat price with most of the hard work already done

1966 Ford XP Fairmont – Today’s Tempter
1966 Ford XP Fairmont – Today’s Tempter

Ford’s XP of 1965 – 1966, was the final iteration of the local arm’s first-generation Falcon.

Its claim to fame was a 70,000 mile endurance "race" (more of a reliability exhibition) around Ford’s You Yangs proving ground. The XP was the first Falcon to sell more than 70,000 units, transcending the ‘fragile’ image it possessed prior.

Under the bonnet sat Ford’s robust inline-six; varying from the base 144ci (2.3lt) displacement, through 170ci (2.8lt), to 200ci (3.3lt) displacements.

Transmission options from factory were a three-speed automatic or manual, or a two-speed Ford-O-matic.

This 1966 XP presents in luxury-oriented Fairmont guise, though boasts a few little restomods under its skin.

It bears a larger-bore 221ci block with a 200ci head; complimented by reconditioned original carburettors with headers, and a 2" exhaust and sports muffler.

The original three-speed automatic has been reconditioned, and the car still bears its original 3.2:1 diff as well as the original disc front/drum rear brakes.

The interior plays host to new carpet and rooflining; and from the photos in the listing, the dash and door cards look in fair condition. The listing does state that the front buckets do need attention.

Overall, it looks like a running restoration that had a significant amount of work already put in.

The car reportedly drives well, and it looks good – if you’re after a light project car that you can finish off without having to take it off the road, this could be it!

The car is based in Tasmania and is listed for $15,000.

You can check out the full listing here!


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