Re: What makes a Fairlane?
When the Australian Fairlane was released in 1967, the major difference between it and the Fairmont it was based on was 4" extra into the wheelbase, stretching it from 111" to 116". This extra length was incoperated into the car behind the rear doors, adding extra room into the cabin.
There was also a few major stying differences. These included quad 5 1/2" headlights and grille ILO twin 7", unique rear quarter panels with a thicker dog leg to accomodate the extra length. The rear of the quarter panels were also changed to incude a unique set of tail lights with a matching boot lid.
The interior was also different with unique seat covering (still vinyl) and a different instrument cluster which had a strip speedo instead of the Falcon / Fairmont round dials.
The Fairlane was released in two models, the Fairlane 500, which was aimed at the private buyer with bucket seats and V8 engine and automatic transmission standard, and the budget Fairlane Custom with TQE (tm) power, 3 speed manual (column shift) and a bench seat. The Fairlane Custom was aimed at the fleet / taxi market.
One of the standout models of the early Fairlane (ZA - ZD) was the early ZC Fairlane 500 with the optional 290 HP Windsor 351 (straight from the XW Falcon GT). This model was also available with a 4 speed Manual (Top Loader) transmission from the factory. A very rare car if you can find an original one today. Once the Cleveland landed in the later ZC Fairlanes (1970), they were the less powerful 351 2 barrel with only 250 HP.
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