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Ford XA Falcon

Ford XA Falcon 500 Sedan with Grand Sport Rally Pack
Ford XA Falcon
Overview
Manufacturer
Ford Australia
Also called
Ford XA Futura
Ford XA Fairmont
Ford Ranchero (South Africa)
Production
March 1972-September 1973
Body and chassis
Body style
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
2-door hardtop
2-door coupe utility
2-door van
Layout
FR layout
Related
Ford ZF Fairlane
Powertrain
Engine
3.3L (200ci) 6-cyl (130 bhp)
4.1L (250ci) 6-cyl (155 bhp)
4.1L (250ci) 6-cyl (170 bhp)
4.9L (302ci) V8 (240 bhp)
5.8L (351ci) V8 (260 bhp)
5.8L (351ci) V8 (300 bhp) (GT only)
Transmission
3-speed manual
4-speed manual
3-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase
2,819 mm (111.0 in)
Length
4,737 mm (186.5 in)
Width
1,900 mm (74.8 in)
Height
1,369 mm (53.9 in)
Curb weight
1,369 kg (3,018 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor
Ford XY Falcon
Successor
Ford XB Falcon
The Ford XA Falcon is an automobile which was produced by Ford Australia from March 1972 to September 1973. It replaced the XY series Falconand was the first Falcon to be completely designed and manufactured in Australia.

Model Features

The XA featured an entirely new body which was larger and more roomy than that of its XY series predecessor. The XA range also had a longer list of options and a wider choice of engines with the 4.1-litre six now available with either a single or double venturi carburettor. Wagons now featured a longer wheelbase than the sedans and an optional dual-action tailgate that could be opened either downwards or sideways.
The addition of a two-door Hardtop to the range marked the first time that this body style had been offered on an Australian Falcon since the XP series of 1965–1966. The Hardtop's longer doors with frameless windows were shared with the Utility and Van, with a different shape glass to suit the commercial vehicles' body apertures. The shorter doors of the sedan and wagon with their framed windows were also available with optional quarter vent windows, though these were very rare. This option was discontinued in the subsequent XB and XC models.
A total of 129,473 XAs were built. While successful, the XA Falcon range proved to be short-lived as it gained a significant frontal appearance update to become the XB series in October 1973.

Model range

Sedans and Wagons were introduced in March 1972, the Hardtops in August 1972 and the Utilities and Vans in October of that year.

  • Falcon Sedan
  • Falcon 500 Sedan
  • Futura Sedan
  • Fairmont Sedan
  • Falcon GT Sedan
  • Falcon Wagon
  • Falcon 500 Wagon
  • Fairmont Wagon
  • Falcon 500 Hardtop
  • Fairmont Hardtop
  • Falcon GT Hardtop
  • Falcon Utility
  • Falcon 500 Utility
  • Falcon Van

Ford XA Fairmont Sedan
Ford XA Falcon GT Sedan (with aftermarket wheels)
Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop (with aftermarket wheels)
Ford XA Falcon 500 Utility with Grand Sport Rally Pack and additional driving lights

Grand Sport Rally Pack

A Grand Sport Rally Pack was offered on Falcon, Falcon 500 and Fairmont models.

Falcon GT-HO Phase IV

Ford XA Falcon GT-HO Phase IV
As with the previous XW and XY series Falcon GT sedans, an extra-high-performance limited-production version of the XA Falcon GT sedan, the GT-HO Phase IV, was developed by Ford Australia for homologation in Group E Series Production Touring Car racing, targeting in particular the 1972 Hardie-Ferodo 500 at Bathurst. Production of the required 200 examples was abandoned in July 1972 following intense media and political pressure, and only one production example was completed. This significant road car was manufactured in Calypso Green metallic with a white vinyl interior, and has recently been completely restored.
Additionally, three regular production Falcon GT sedans - especially painted in Brambles Red - had been in the process of being developed for racing to GT-HO specification by Ford Special Vehicles Division and were to be raced at Bathurst in 1972 by factory drivers Allan Moffat and Fred Gibson. With the abandonment of the XA Falcon GT-HO as a production car, development was immediately halted on the three race cars and they were sold off. However, one of these cars did go on to serve a life in motorsport, specifically as a rally car campaigned by Bruce Hodgson. It was later destroyed in a road accident. Although the three cars featured standard Falcon GT compliance plates, they are considered by most Ford fans to be race-prepared versions of the XA Falcon GT-HO Phase IV.

Falcon GT - RPO 83

Between April 1973 and August 1973, Ford Australia built 250 XA Falcon GTs fitted with the RPO 83 package, 130 of these being Sedans and 120 being Hardtops. RPO 83 comprised three variations from the standard XA Falcon GT, these being of a Holley 780 carburettor, 2.25 inch exhaust headers and a clutch salve cylinder hydraulic pipe heat shield. Pricing and external appearance did not vary from the standard models. The 2.25 inch exhaust headers were subsequently homologated for the XA Falcon GT for Group C Touring Car racing, including the 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000.

Falcon 500 Superbid - RPO 77

Ford XA Falcon 500 Superbird Hardtop. Pictured in Polar White/Comic Blue with correct colour-coded wheel centres
Following the positive public reaction given to its XA Falcon GT Hardtop-based “Superbird” show car at the 1973 Melbourne Motor Show, Ford Australia released a limited production “Superbird” to the public. The production Superbird was an XA Falcon 500 Hardtop fitted with an option package designated as RPO 77. The package included the Australian-built 302 cubic inch Cleveland V8 engine, sports suspension, Grand Sport Rally Pack instrumentation and a rear window louvre. Three contrasting paints schemes matched with coloured-coded wheels centres were offered, the choices being Polar White with Cosmic Blue accent, Yellow Fire with Walnut Glow accent and Lime Glaze with Jewel Green accent. Large "Superbird" decals adored the rear quarter panels and the rear mounted "Falcon 500" badging was retained. The advertised production run was 750 units, however the actual production total is thought to have been lower. The entire production run was completed in the months of March through May 1973.

Motor Sport

Allan Moffat and Ian Geoghegan won the 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst in a factory entered XA Falcon GT Hardtop and John Goss and Kevin Bartlett won the 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 in a privately entered example.
A race replica of the Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop in which Allan Moffat and Ian Geoghegan won the 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst
A race replica of the Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop in which John Goss and Kevin Bartlett won the 1974 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst


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Last updated on 1 July 2014 at 10:45.

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