1977 Ford Fairlane ZH Marquis – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Nice original ZH Fairlane: 4.9lt V8, good paint and interior

By the time Ford’s ZH Fairlane arrived in 1976, the brand’s once-dominant position within the large luxury segment had slipped significantly down to about 27%, from a high point of about 50% market share.

In response, the Blue Oval would take the XC Falcon’s midsection and graft on generous amounts of sheet-metal to either end to form the new ZH Fairlane. Design wise, the new look was bold, influenced by US design at the time where a car’s level of luxury was measured by pure size.

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Standard equipment newly included radial tyres, a limited-slip differential, rear disc brakes and intermittent wipers; whilst the overall model range was simplified into a two-pronged approach.

The 500 model became the standard trim level, replacing the Custom, while the Marquis occupied the upmarket offering, coming with air-conditioning, power windows and twin lounge seats up front as standard.

This 1977 ZH Fairlane comes to market as a seemingly original and well-kept large locally-made limousine.

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It’s fitted with the basic 4.9lt V8 and is described as a rust-free vehicle with good paint work and good condition interior.

The car has covered 247,000kms in its life and is fitted with a dual fuel system and twin exhaust.

From the photos, the car – albeit dusty - looks intact and free of noticeable or significant blemishes.

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The listing does state that "driver’s seat needs attention" however we don’t observe any wear and tear within the attached interior photo.

If you’re after a luxurious local cruiser, this top-spec Fairlane might be worth a look.

It’s based in New South Wales and is listed for $22,500.

Check out the full listing here!

 

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