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Ford Fairlane

ZL Fairlane and FE LTD

1 Oct 1984

The third facelift of the XD-based ZJ arrived with a new single square headlight nose that separated it from its lowly Falcon origins, revised taillights and a complete cabin makeover.

New seats, a colour-coded electronic dash, and more electronics debuted. The base 103kW 4.1L I6 employed improved engine efficiency, although mandatory unleaded fuel (ULP) changes dropped its power output to 97.5kW from January ‘86.

Side indicators found in the front bumpers identify these. A rear seat boot hatch and steering wheel rake adjustment were introduced, while cruise control, central locking, and a trip meter were added to the Fairlane.

Meanwhile the almost identical LTD’s initial 120kW 4.1L EFI I6 (with improved computer management) saw a 1kW power output improvement with ULP from Jan ’86.

In July ’87 700 Fairlane Sportsman cars were introduced, with sportier trim and alloy wheels. 26,195 ZLs and 4196 FEs were built.

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