1971 Ford Falcon XY 4x4 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Rare one-of-432 produced XY 4x4s: new paint, new chrome and rebuilt running gear

The XY 4x4 was a small run of converted utes sold in 1972, though development started years before and faced various setbacks, which Rob Blackbourn outlined in a fantastic column last year.

The XY 4x4s were converted and assembled, largely by hand, at Ford’s Brisbane Assembly Plant, which were also responsible for low-volume builds of right-hand drive F-trucks.

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The 4x4 copped beefier subframes, rear undercarriage and various cab reinforcements; as well as heavy duty axles and clutch. All 432 4x4s produced were delivered with 250ci straight-sixes and a three-speed BorgWarner manual transmission.

They remained a bit of an oddity within XY collecting and in decades past, you’d commonly find them rotting under a tree in someone’s paddock. They’ve surged in popularity in recent years, and his one looks like it’s lived a more pampered life than most.

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This XY 4x4 on sale has undergone a fairly involved restoration with new paint and new chrome all over with its 250ci and three-speed manual also being treated to a rebuild.

A few convenient departures from factory have been added, including leather interior reupholstery, air conditioning, power steering and front disc brakes. Welcome upgrades in making this unique off-roader that much more useable.

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The XY fourbie looks to be in very condition throughout, and is on sale in Queensland – listed for $49,500.

Check out the full listing here!

 

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