Classic Car Catalogue

Ford Australia 1966

Falcon XP – discontinued
Falcon XR – new model in September
Galaxie 500  

Australia

The next new model Falcon, the XR series, was introduced in September 1966. Styling was based on the third generation 1966 US Ford Falcon and it was promoted as the "Mustang bred Falcon". It was the first Australian Falcon to be offered with a V8 engine, the 200 bhp (150 kW), 289 cubic inch (4.7 litres) Windsor unit. The XR marked the first time a V8 engine could be optioned in all trim levels of an Australian car, V8s having previously been reserved for the more up-market variants. The 144 cubic inch (2.4-litre) six-cylinder engine was deleted for the XR series leaving the 170 cubic inch (2.8-litre) six as the base Falcon engine. A 200 cubic inch (3.3-litre) six was also available. The XR series was initially offered in nine different models: Falcon, Falcon 500 and Fairmont Sedans, Falcon, Falcon 500 and Fairmont Wagons, Falcon and Falcon 500 Utilities and the Falcon Van. The new wagons shared the 111-inch (2,800 mm) wheelbase with the XR sedans, unlike the 1966 US Falcon wagons which featured a 115-inch (2,900 mm) wheelbase. The Falcon 500 replaced the Falcon Deluxe of the XP series and the two-door hardtop body style available in the XP series was not offered in the XR range. The Falcon XR won the Wheels Car of the Year award in 1966, giving Ford Falcon two straight wins.

 

Falcon

  6 cyl.
170 cu.in.
111 hp
6 cyl.
200 cu.in.
121 hp
Utility std opt
500 Utility - std
Van std opt


Falcon 500 Utility


Falcon Utility


Falcon 500 Utility


Falcon Van

 

Galaxie 500

wb: 119 in. V8 cyl.
289 cu.in.
200 hp
V8 cyl.
390 cu.in.
280 hp
Sedan 4-dr