Sadly the all conquering GT badge had been shelved by Ford with the XB model range but the Fairmont GXL in the XC model came closest in spirit to the older GT Falcons. The stripes and spoilers were gone but the Grand Tourer qualities of the GT Falcon lived on in the Fairmont GXL. This was a very comfortable and pretty rapid executive long distance tourer.
For sale is this very attractive and amazingly rare Desert Gold XC Fairmont GXL. Powered by the optional 351-cid V8, this Ford Executive ordered GXL is factory fitted with power discs front and rear brakes, FMX T-bar automatic transmission and a 9-inch diff plus the signature GS bonnet with air scoops and additional chrome moldings. Inside the upmarket appointments include the GS dash and steering wheel, power windows front and rear, cloth trim, air conditioning and a radio/tape deck (Pioneer CD/radio fitted) while alloy wheels (spare only) and special Ford oval badging complete the package.
The large rectangular headlamps standard on the Fairmonts are supplied along with the genuine grill but the current owner has fitted the sportier looking Falcon GS style lights and grill. Interestingly, the later '78 XC 'update' models were the first Australian manufactured car to use Ford's new blue oval badge, on the boot and grill.
Mechanically the car is running the all original matching numbers 351 V8 Cleveland and the engine has been rebuilt for unleaded. The motor has a new Holley 600 4BBL carby, extractors and a mild cam with a winged Phase 4 sump. The transmission and diff have been serviced with new oils, filters and gaskets. The braking system has also been reconditioned with new master cylinder and fluids.
The interior is in excellent original condition with no burn marks and barely any wear to the seats as the car had been fitted with sheep skin covers from new (covers included with sale). All gauges work, as does the A/C and power windows. The car has covered a genuine 206,478 Klms from new.
The current owner repainted the car in 2 pack in 2019 from a very solid body with minimal rust. The repaint included removal of the brown vinyl roof and the addition of a new black vinyl roof. The GXL retains its original set of 5 alloys wheels, the fully carpeted boot with the original alloy spare and jack bag and tools.
The car is located in Townsville, QLD for your inspection. (Ref: 5502)
03 - Seat belts
17 - Brown Vinyl Roof
32 - Class 11 Tow pack
40 - Integrated Air conditioning
46 - Power operated windows
3997 - Ford Motor Company