The early 1970's must have been an incredible time to be a Ford engineer. Perhaps a little less constrained by the bean counters, the Ford engineers morphed an XA GT Falcon Hardtop into the unique Ford Landau Coupe. Packing full GT running gear with a 351 Cleveland under the stylish hood, FMX T-Bar automatic and 9" LSD this luxo Falcon GT was beefed up with LTD DNA including its disappearing head lamps and the full width tail lamps, GT-spec drive-line, four-wheel disc brakes and super-plush interior that included aircraft-style levers for the air conditioning and bucket seats all ’round.
The King of two door Australian made luxury cars, only 1385 Landau Coupes were produced in the four years from 1973 to 1976. For sale is a tastefully modified example of the breed painted in factory Tropic Gold with a burgundy soft vinyl roof and contrasting black leather trim. The Landau is showing 77,412 Klms on the odometer. This car drives like a luxury limo packaged into a sporty hardtop body with every luxury at your fingertips. It is an unhurried ride. Relaxing, even soothing yet there is plenty of power under your right foot with a lovely exhaust burble elegantly muffled by this graceful coupe.
The original matching numbers 351 2V Cleveland purrs and the FMX auto shifts smoothly. The current owner has owned the car for 5 years and has had the car fully sorted and has been set up to be driven. The engine and driveline have been fully reconditioned 15,000 klms ago. The 2V cylinder heads have been ported and polished, an Edlebrock manifold and 600 Holley Vac secondary and mild cam have been fitted with Pacemaker extractors through to a dual exhaust system. The owner has fitted heavy duty sway bars and springs and lowered the Landau by 2" so she now drives and handles like a GT bred Landau should. The gearbox has also been reconditioned.
The factory working P/S, P/W and aerial are all in perfect working condition. And the A/C is currently being refitted after being refurbished recently. The body is accident free and there is no rust anywhere. The interior is similarly perfect, with the condition of the all original seats, dash, steering wheel, carpets and hood lining all perfect.
Riding on 15" Centrelines with Sumatomo 295x60x15 rear and 225x60x15 front. This car is really quite a delight to drive and is a very capable and comfortable luxury cruiser. It really underscores how good the Ford product was in the 1970s and just how well suited to the Australian conditions it still is nearly 50 years after it rolled down the assembly line.
You are invited to inspect the Landau in Brisbane, QLD. Or if travel is difficult, AMCS will gladly arrange a video inspection of the car using WhatsApp and of course there is no issue with door to door freight delivery anywhere in Australia or New Zealand. (Ref. 5604)