1969 Ford ZC Fairlane 500 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

ZC Fairlane front side ZC Fairlane front side
ZC Fairlane rear side ZC Fairlane rear side
ZC Fairlane side ZC Fairlane side
ZC Fairlane interior ZC Fairlane interior
ZC Fairlane engine ZC Fairlane engine

Same owner for over 45 years: honest original condition in well-maintained condition

Ford’s ZC-generation Fairlane was produced between July 1969 and November 1970, during which around 12,500 units were produced.

A stylistic departure for the lineage, the ZC was distinguished by the heavily US-influenced vertical stack headlights.

Two main trim levels were offered, with the Custom being the mainstream six-cylinder offering with a three-speed column manual transmission, bench front seat, and drum brakes all-round.


The Fairlane 500 offered V8 power as standard: fitted with the 302ci V8, three-speed auto, disc brakes, reclining bucket seats, faux-woodgrain and distinctive mouldings.

The Fairlane 500 could also be optioned with a four-speed manual and – for the first time- the big 351ci V8.

This ZC Fairlane is very indicative of the standard Fairlane 500: specified with the 302 and three-speed auto.


The Fairlane was purportedly owned by the seller’s father (a former mechanic) for over 45 years: and is described as an original and honest car in outstanding condition for its age.

They have many memories of family holidays, weddings etc tied to the vehicle, and it was the father’s pride and joy.

It still wears its original paint, although a few hard edges have worn thin due to decades of polishing. There is said to be no accident damage however, and the seller points out minimal rust coming through the passenger-side front guard (common problem area).


The Fairlane drives and stops well with a replacement 302 fitted many years ago, regularly serviced and maintained leak free. The car bears factory power steering, tow bar and period-correct electronic brake controller, plus under-dash air-conditioning (likely dealer-fitted). A few neat extras may come with the car, including colour-coded wind deflectors and towing mirrors.

Reason for selling is that a few other projects on the go have taken up both time and garage space for this stoic Fairlane survivor.


The ZC Fairlane is based in South Australia, and is listed for $38,000.

Check out the full listing here!


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