I have an AUII Fairmont Wagon with Tickford Suspension and the 17" wheels. It has a plate under the bonnet detailing what they did to the car. So they are definately available.
A mate of mine had an EL Fairmont Ghia Sedan and it had the Tickford 16" wheels, suspension and momo wheel. All detailed on that little plate. His car was also much quicker than the EF Futura I had at the time. The service department at his Ford dealer said that the last of the EL Ghia's had the XR engine and the way this thing went, I'd probably say that was correct. And it had a plain cam cover.......
I'm very impressed in the way our wagon goes, but I couldn't say for sure that it's "enhanced" engine wise with any certainty. My trouble is I only get to drive it for the 5 weeks of the year that I'm back in Oz.... And compared to the 1.8L Toyota that I have here in Indonesia, just about any car in Oz is a rocket!!!!
The only way to check I would guess is to know what all those numbers mean on the compliance plate and check each car you look at.
I'd say that most tickford enhancements would be done on an individual's preference. Mine was what the dealer ordered for his wife (I got it when it was 5 months old as a semi demo model). But some things have to be ordered together like the wheels and suspension package.
I hunted about for a AUII Fairmont that looked a little different and the big wheels and lowered suspension certainly make the car look good. Price wise it was pretty well the same as the other cars that I looked at, so there isn't that much of a cost penalty to pay.
I actually bought ours over the internet, but in the end I got it from my local dealer and was very happy with the deal that we put together. It was a huge saving over new.
There's a few around with Tickford wheels and suspension, also some with factory LPG. This seemed to be a popular thing for company/lease cars. Some places wouldn't let their staff have XR's so they ordered Fairmonts with some XR bits in them.
Look around, they're out there.
BA XR6 NA Mercury Silver (daily drive)
XC Fairmont Coupe (sunday cruiser)
Cheers fellas. Probably worth the hunt around for a decent one in good cond.
What would you expect to pay for say a series 2 AU tickford fairmont? Or would I be better off looking at stock ones with no mods?
Fairmont has standard running gear, Fairmont Ghia has XR running gear. Look for a Ghia - they go as good as an XR (especially if you put headers and exhaust on), with the luxury of the Ghia. Expect to pay low 20's for a series 1, up to mid 30's for a series 2/3
AU1 XR8 Auto147.9 rwkw (approx 215 fwkw)
AU2 Wagon HAD Auto
17s, Pacemakers, 3" Intake & Pod filter (The Family Hack)
And yeah, there is a Tickford plate under the bonnet. Fairmont had a normal I6 though, no Tickford stuff there. Of course if you have the money go for the newest you can but the AUI had the better kit if you go the whole hog
Shop around, I see some places selling stock AUII Fairmonts for the same price as mine, and most times with the same kms!
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My old man drives an AU2 Fairmont Ghia in black. Equipped with the xr8 engine (i believe) and has the series 1 TS50 wheels (or XR8 rebel if you must) on it in 18" (very sexy and very original/rare). Has rear spoiler that isnt lifted on the boot (my pick for AU spoilers) and is about to have the S3 XR8 rear bar fitted because someone reversed into him.
That with the full black leather interior, premium audio, sound, momo wheel/knob.. goes very nicely, very nice cruiser indeed.
I believe it was ordered/put together by Ron Logan of Etheridge Ford in Melbourne, he owned it before my old man did.
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