Ford Fairlane ZG
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 2
The ZG marked yet another gentle revision of its predecessor with a bolder, four
horizontal bar grille and tail lamp tweaks.
As was usual for a mid-life facelift, the mechanicals were to
recieve the majority of attention, and so it was with the ZG,
Ford opting to fit heavier duty shock absorbers and a slightly
higher ride height for both improved handling
and a softer ride.
While much of the media attention was concerned with the
energy crisis (and their dislike of anything V8), the public
were becoming increasingly concerned with safety.
After extensive testing, Ford revised the front-end structures
of the entire range, increasing the energy absoption and
providing more effective crumple zones.
Engine choice remained between a 250ci (4.1litre) six, or a 302ci (4.9litre) or
351ci (5.8litre) V8. In fact, so popular was the 351 that Ford Australia began local manufacture!
While revisions to the equivalent XB Falcon gave it a new,
modern look, there was growing concern that the Fairlane was still too closely
associated in looks with the cheaper Falcon.
The answer was to upgrade equipment levels, and so in
September 1975 the ZG Fairlane had its equipment levels
upgraded to include as standard fare, vinyl roof, bumper
overriders, more extensive carpeting (inclusive of the boot),
improved interior trim and polished stainless steel exterior
mouldings. There was a slight increase in price, of $136. It
remains one of the most popular Fairlane models ever.
The ZG was manufactured between November, 1973
and May, 1976