Car reviews - Ford - Fairlane - Ghia sedan
25 Jul 2003
AS far as cheap prestige motoring goes, it's difficult to find more metal for your money than any Fairlane. Essentially a Falcon sedan stretched over the wagon's longer wheelbase, it was Ford's cash cow from the moment the 1966-1968 XR Falcon-based ZA model was released in 1967. By the time the EA Falcon-derived NA range rolled along during 1988 the model was becoming more sophisticated, with rack and pinion steering, a Watts Link rear suspension, complex electronic instrumentation and fuel injection. Then, more importantly, V8 engines came back on stream in late 1991, after an eight year break. The NC II featured here was a refinement model, capitalising on Ford's hard work ironing out all the quality niggles that so plagued the EA/NA (and DA LTD) project. It also had the job of fighting off a resurging Holden Statesman, resurrected in Commodore-based VQ mode (previously it was a remodelled HQ Kingswood dating back from 1971) after a five-year slumber that started with the demise of the WB in 1985. As far as luxury was concerned, Ford was finally beginning to not rest on its laurels, and about time too...
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