ED Falcon XR8 - Today's Tempter

By: Jack Houlihan, Unique Cars magazine

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A fledgling icon of the Falcon world

Ford Australia began their partnership with UK coachbuilder Tickford in 1991 to create a new line of enhanced Blue Oval vehicles. This coincided with Ford's reintroduction of V8 power to the Falcon range alongside the venerable inline six.

The EB range debuted the S-XR6 and S-XR8 Falcons, each of which had body and suspension tweaks from Tickford. The ‘S’ moniker came from Ford’s XF and EA S-Packs - the hottest factory Falcon available after the XE ESP’s demise. The prefix was dropped with 1994’s EF series.

The mid-life ED update appeared in 1993, challenging Holden’s freshened VR Commodore. The S-XR now sported the model’s ubiquitous quad-headlight treatment, one that would remain in some form until the last FG-X. The standard XR8 rolled off the line with a fuel-injected 5.0-litre Windsor, claiming 165kW.

This particular ED XR8 features the five-speed manual transmission, which is arguably more desirable in today’s market than the four-speed auto also available.

The two-owner car is being offered in its original (albeit somewhat worn and scratched) Polynesian Green paint. Being an Alice Springs car, it’s unlikely to be suffering the rust woes that often befall 1990s Falcons.

It also appears to be mostly unmolested, save for aftermarket wheels and modified exhaust system.

E-series Falcons are appreciating slowly but steadily, especially for well-looked-after and original EB and EDs.

Priced at $12,000, it’s an affordable way into a modern-classic Ford with a manual V8 combo.

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