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XD Fairmont

1 Mar 1979

Crisp, glassy Euro-style Australian design that sat on carryover XC Falcon mechanicals marked the XD as a total re-skin of the 19-year old series.

Weight-saving plastic abounded. The standard engine was an 82kW 3.3L in-line OHV six (I6) mated to a 3-speed T-bar auto.

Space and fuel economy advantages over its Holden Commodore rival saw the XD eventually topple it after a slow sales start. Standard features: Reclining bucket seats, corduroy trim, intermittent wipers, tinted glass, extra chrome and courtesy lights, rear window demister, left-hand side mirror, front folding armrest, childproof door locks, carpet, clock, AM radio, radial tyres, front disc brakes, hazard flashers, halogen headlights, dual horns, rear wiper/washer, roof racks (wagon only).

Engine options: 94kW 4.1L I6, 140kW 4.9L V8, 149kW 5.8L V8 (not wagon)

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