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Ford Falcon XM

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XM Falcon
Ford Falcon

Ford Falcon XM

1964 - 1965
Country:
Australia
Engine:
6 cyl.
Capacity:
2.4 litre (144ci) / 3.3 litre (200ci)
Power:
121 bhp (3.3 litre)
Transmission:
3 spd. man / 2 spd. auto
Top Speed:
217 km/h
Number Built:
47,039
Collectability:
4 star
Ford Falcon XM
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 4

Introduction



Around 1,500 modifications were made with the launch of the XM. More chrome was added, heavier front end suspension and a new Super Pursuit engine (6 cyl., 200 cubic inch) was added.

Most importantly for Australian buyers, the Falcon XM was promoted as a stronger more rugged iteration. The Falcon's suspension, always a weak point on the earlier models, now carried stronger ball joints and bigger axle shafts, and even tougher engine mounts were fitted.

New front upper wishbones and coil-over shock units were incorporated, and the designers even went as far as relocating the rear spring-hangers.

In a major break from being a derivative of the contemporary US model, the XM's tail lamps were raised to boot level height for greater visibility. As an indication of things to come, some ‘sportiness’ was introduced with a dummy air scoop on the bonnet, and best of all there was the introduction of the now highly prized two door hardtop.

While the windscreen rake was the same as on the sedan, the coupe's styling accentuated just how sleek the the Falcon's design was. Few knew the coupe was actually heavier than the sedan, and was constructed mainly from imported body parts - it may not have been any faster, but it introduced a level of sophistication to the Australian motoring landscape never before seen.

Thankfully too, the XM did away with the dreadful and outdated vacuum operated windscreen wipers, these being replaced by a two speed electric motor unit.

Even the seats were made stronger, and afforded a better quality of upholstery. The Falcon really had come of age.
Ford Falcon XM Sedan

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Also see:


Falcon XM Specifications
Ford Falcon Commercials
The Ford Falcon Story
Falcon/Fairlane Identification Guide
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Tony H
Posted 255 days ago
I forgot to say,despite it's faults, this was the best car I ever owned, albeit probably more for the memories than anything else. Your first in anything is more often than not remembered as the best.
 
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