1975 Ford XB Falcon 500 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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One-elderly-owner XB 500 in outstanding original condition; 250-six, auto, treasured survivor

The XB Falcon landed in Ford showrooms in 1973, as a revision and refinement of the ever-popular XA.

The XA was a breakout car for the Australian Blue Oval, and the XB moved the goalposts along again, with total XB production tallying some 220,765 cars, almost 70,000 more than the XA.

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The XB’s body was redesigned with a little more US Mustang influence, with a power bulge massaged into the bonnet, with a more pronounced overhang up front lending itself to a more aggressive raked appearance.

The XB also introduced front disc brakes, with Futura and Fairmont models gaining power assistance. Engine options consisted for the 3.2lt and 4.1lt inline-six; as well as two-barrel 4.9lt and 5.7lt V8s.

Transmission options were carried over from the XA, comprising of a three-speed column-shift manual, Cruise-O-matic auto on the column or as a T-bar, or a four-on-the-floor manual.

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This 1975-model XB 500 comes to market from its original elderly Tasmanian owner who has only recently stopped driving at the age of 94 years old.

The car appears to have been treasured by its long-term custodian, presenting in original Tango Orange paint over original Chamois interior – with just 143,191kms on the clock.

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There are a few touch ups and dings to the body, in line with its highly original and surviving condition; however the car is said to have always been washed by hand and religiously polished every six months.

Some period items are included, such as temperature gauge, clock, rear venetians, engine immobiliser, mud flaps and Astor AM radio/cassette player; and the sale may also include an assortment of hoses, belts and other spares including a roof rack.

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The car is supported by log books, original sales invoices and registration paperwork; and the car bears Tasmanian rego (on its original plates, we might add) until July 2020.

If you’re after an exceedingly original and surviving Aussie family classic, this XB 500 in our eyes is truly deserving of preserving.

The car is based in Tasmania, and is listed for $28,000.

Check out the full listing here!

 

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