Ford Australia will only build 1,400 Falcon Sprints. 550 of those will be 435hp 4.0 Turbo XR6 models, while the remaining 850 XR8s will have 462hp supercharged 5.0 V8s up front. Ford is set to finish manufacturing in Australia in October.
Welcome to Paper Jam, the feature where we highlight the best automotive advertisements from the past! Print might be nearly dead, but our scanners are just getting warmed up.
There is perhaps no more low-key amazing car culture in the world than in New Zealand. For example, here is a video simply captioned ‘testing the new exhaust.’
[Everyone loves an early Ford Falcon, but the bigger '66-'70 cars are a little unloved. They have long hood/short deck proportions like the Mustang, but miss some of the straightedged cool of the early cars. Photo Credit: Ford.]
The Australian Ford Falcon is dying out, which is sad, but it's had a long and storied past as a sedan with many sporting variants. Recently, you could buy packages like the FPV FG Falcon GT Boss 315, which is a mouthful, but back in the day, you could get every "sport" option individually.
In 2016 the dream of V8-powered rear-wheel drive Australian Fords will die forever as local manufacturing there, as well as homegrown Aussie Fords specific to that market, comes to an end. This is the last hurrah of the Australian Ford. Meet the last Ford Falcon.
Peanuts was the most popular comic strip ever and Ford thought the '61 Ford Falcon could benefit from that success. So here's Linus, Pig Pen and Snoopy selling "the world's most successful new car".
Ford is decreeing today the 80th anniversary of the Australian-invented car-based roadgoing pickup known as the 'ute,' and in recognition we found a bit of backstory on the practical utility cars so beloved in the Land Down Under.
This is a Ford Falcon. It might be just another old V8 American car, but when it comes to sliding through the dirt, that ain't a bad thing.
If you look at this Ford XA Falcon and think "Oh my god, that's the most badass thing I've ever seen," I don't blame you. Eight headlamps, full protection against loose kangaroos, a V8. It's the full package.
See that black car? That's a Ford Falcon GT from Ford Australia's FPV performance division. It has four doors, rear-wheel drive, and a supercharged V8 good for 450 horsepower. We do not get it, and after next year, no one will, either.
This is an XE Ford Falcon, now-dead Ford of Australia's Euro-styled, V8-powered muscle sedan we never got. Yes, it does massive burnouts.
I'm worried about Australia. They continued on with gloriously huge V8-driven, rear-wheel-drive sedans and utes long after the Americans gave up the ghost. Occasionally, they would make their way over here, but never for long. It left the rest of us longing for tire-smoking Aussie cars we would never get.
With narrow tires, small brakes, loose chassis, and no ABS, old cars aren't the safest things in an emergency situation. The occupants of two Australian cars found this out the hard way, as one classic skidded into the path of another.
Ever wondered if it's possible to have too much horsepower? Check out this supercharged Aussie Ford Falcon GT incinerating its tires on a hillclimb and judge for yourself.
Ford's EcoBoost badge inevitably triggers thoughts of doing something to help the environment, but this Australian advertisement for the Ford Falcon EcoBoost shows the car murdering one of a pair of cane toads on a lonely stretch of highway.
Much as we respect today's crop of four-wheel-drive, turbocharged, high-tech rally cars, there's something that's missing. That something is a massive V8 in a full-caged muscle car charging sideways through a forest.