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Old 03-13-2003, 00:39   #1 (permalink)
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The Year was 1976 ....

.... and the Ford scene in Australia was the domain of the XB Falcon.

Just for the benefit of those who weren't around then, here is some info from a dealer price guide at the time.

Falcon "Standard"

200 3 Speed Manual $ 4900
250 3 Speed Manual 5021
250 4 Speed Manual 5595
250 3 Speed Auto (col) 5449
250 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 5810
302 4 Speed Manual 5959
302 3 Speed Auto (col) 5813
302 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 6174
351 4 Speed Manual 6299
351 3 Speed Auto (col) 6153
351 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 6514

Falcon 500

200 3 Speed Manual $ 5271
250 3 Speed Manual 5392
250 4 Speed Manual 5712
250 3 Speed Auto (col) 5820
250 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 5927
302 4 Speed Manual 6076
302 3 Speed Auto (col) 6184
302 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 6291
351 4 Speed Manual 6416
351 3 Speed Auto (col) 6524
351 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 6631

Fairmont Sedan

250 4 Speed Manual 6407
250 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 6716
302 4 Speed Manual 6766
302 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 6975
351 4 Speed Manual 7103
351 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 7312

Falcon GT Sedan

Manual $ 8094
Auto 8512

Falcon 500 Hardtop

200 3 Speed Manual $ 5388
250 3 Speed Manual 5509
250 4 Speed Manual 5829
250 3 Speed Auto (col) 5937
250 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 6044
302 4 Speed Manual 6193
302 3 Speed Auto (col) 6301
302 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 6408
351 4 Speed Manual 6533
351 3 Speed Auto (col) 6641
351 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 6748

Fairmont Hardtop

250 4 Speed Manual 6450
250 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 6759
302 4 Speed Manual 6809
302 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 7018
351 4 Speed Manual 7146
351 3 Speed Auto (T-bar) 7355

Falcon GT Hardtop

Manual $ 8145
Auto 8573

Fairlane 500

4.9 Auto Column 8785
4.9 Auto Floor 8829
5.8 Auto Column 8975
5.8 Auto Floor 9019

LTD Sedan 12772
Landau Hardtop 11382


Of equal interest the options:

Falcon & Fairmont Options

250 Engine $ 250
302 Engine 387 (Falcon)
302 Engine 259 (Fairmont)
351 Engine 540 (Falcon)
351 Engine 411 (Fairmont)

4 speed manual 320 (Falcon)
Auto (column) 428
Auto (T-Bar) 535 (Falcon)
Auto (T-Bar) 428 (GT)
Reclining seats 214 (Falcon Std.)
185 Radials 98
ER70 Radials 207
AirConditioning 619
Carpet 47
Cloth trim 33
Driving Lights 84
Dual Exhaust 101
Electric Clock 33
Four wheel discs 185
Gs Rally Pack 228 (Falcon)
Gs Rally Pack 195 (Fairmont)
Globe wheels 595 (Falcon)
Globe wheels 518 (Fairmont)
Globe wheels 318 (GT)
Rear window demister 67
Tinted laminated w/s 86
LSD 78
LHS exterior mirrot 21
Power steering 221
Deluxe Manual Radio 113
Super fringe PB radio 150
Radio casette 299
Sports suspension 93
Sun Roof 315
Tu-tone Hood (GT) 33
Vinyl roof 102
Tinted Windows 45

Fairlane, LTD options

5.8 Engine 174
Stereo Casette Player 169
Power windows 175
Long range fuel tank 32
Leather trim (LTD) 402


Relative wage rates would suggest that you'd need to apply a multiplication factor of around 8 to put those in todays dollars.

We've come a long way from the Falcon Standard of 1976 to the XT of today and in real terms for less money.

The 1976 version lacked things like power windows, radio, rear window demister, reclining buckets, air-con, 4 wheel discs, decent tyres, power steer, cloth trim, a clock, tinted laminated screen and tinted glass - all of which are standard now.

As for the other things we now take for granted like ABS, airbags, EBD and an IRS - these were only dreams back then.

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Great post russellw,

Always interesting to look back on these things and see how things have changed.
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Re: The Year was 1976 ....

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Falcon GT Hardtop

Manual $ 8145

Someone get me one for christmas.
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Yeh - less than $100 difference between the 4 door and the 2 door. Multiply by 8 and that's an $800 option. No chance in hell of getting that with an XT! More like a $30,000 after market option. Times have changed!
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Give me your car for a few minutes and i'll happily turn it into a two door for $800, hehehe :D

remove four or so bolts, a bit of wiring, and hey presto
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XB Falcon also had around ~300 warranty repairs per 100 cars!
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mmm XB coop for 8 grand

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Interesting post but lets take into account what 1.00 would buy back in 76 compared to 2003
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