1972 Ford Fairmont XA Wagon – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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What a spec! Surviving and genuine Wild Violet Fairmont wagon: two owners from new

Ford’s XA marked the first of an all-new generation of Falcon, the first all-Australian design, and arrived in March of 1972 after the popular XY bowed out.

On the market for just a single year before the XB update arrived in 1973, the XA exceeded XY production, totalling over 129,000 units off the back of a hugely expansive model range.

There was an XA for everyone, be it a Falcon, a 500, a Fairmont or Ford GT; there were sedans, wagons, utilities and large luxury options too.


On the family car front, the XA wagon is a particular standout, with its two-way rear tailgate, and the Fairlane’s elongated wheelbase.

And if we’re talking about standing out, imagine seeing this thing on the road back in the day!

This uniquely-specified XA Fairmont wagon comes just two owners from new, its second owner having found it in a rural NSW barn. The original owner, one Mrs. Shirley Stevens, ordered her Fairmont XA Wagon new in Wild Violet over white vinyl trim, with the popular locally-made 302 V8.


The car was resprayed in 2pac paint back in the 1990s, to correct common fading to the factory Wild Violet duco, and still presents well with original paint observed in the door jambs, engine and boot areas. The GS stripe is non-original and was added with the prior respray.

Structurally, the car is described as near-perfect with a small amount of rust observed at the bottom of the front passenger door, tailgate and a few bubbles on the bonnet. Inside, the cabin is original down to the carpet with just one small tear to the vinyl on the driver’s seat and some slight discolouration to the front door arm rests.


The engine bay is untouched with the numbers-correct 302 Cleveland still retaining its original 2V carburettor and exhaust system.

It’s an incredible find, and while this colour combo might naturally look more at home on a muscular hardtop coupe, this 70s family jigger will surely appeal.

The sale of the car is accompanied by original owner’s manuals, original plates and original logbooks authenticating its low 34,380km odometer reading. Mrs. Stevens reportedly had just one use for her Wild Violet wagon, and that was to transport herself and her West Highland Terrier to dog shows and competitions around country NSW.


The XA Fairmont has been recently treated to a full-service and is ready to be enjoyed as-is.

Find it at Australian Muscle Car Sales in Sydney, listed for $58,500.

Check out the full listing here!


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