AU Versus BA Base Models - AP Goes Out on a Limb
I've been thinking about styling of the Ford Falcons between BA and AU. To make this fair I'm comparing (as an example) an AU3 SR Falcon with a BA XT noting that you can buy a reasonable AU3 SR for $16k which is a bargain really.
Anyhow, I've looked closely at these cars and I really think the AU3 was finally refined to a point where the styling worked. With a charcoal interior even the inside looks pretty damn good (you could even say the trim plastics quality is better since no AUs I look at have those rough untrimmed edges on the BA - e.g. handbrake trim).
On the outside the designers of the AU did a pretty damn good job. The way different features integrate across boundaries (take the way the taillight bezels and contours flow into the rear bar) shows a design team that went a step beyond the norm. The BA doesn't have this same level of attention to detail. I recognise the BA basic form is more popular but I think an AU3 with a rear spoiler (to hide the biggest flaw which was the droppy bum) is a classy combination. Add the standard AU3 skirts, darker headlight bezels, colour mirror housings and clear indicators and the effect is very good in most colours.
Many people may disagree but try and look at these cars closely and look for some of the detail like the tail lights and I'm sure you'll agree that the little details are better on AU. I'd like to see some of these features appear on the successor to BA.
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