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Ford of Australia recognizes 50th anniversary of the Falcon

by DrivingEnthusiast

Ford of Australia has announced special models recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Ford Falcon.

Ford Press Release follows:


Ford Australia and Ford New Zealand are set to release a range of exciting anniversary models to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Falcon nameplate.

Falcon, the longest running vehicle name in Australian motoring history, will mark its 50 year milestone on June 28, half a century after the first XK Falcon rolled off Ford Australia’s Broadmeadows production line to begin the Falcon legend.
Production of the special 50th anniversary models will commence in June, with each model featuring unique exterior design elements, exclusive interior finishes and additional standard equipment.
“The Falcon’s long and distinguished heritage is unmatched by any other car in the history of Australian motoring,” said Ford Australia Marketing, Sales & Service Vice President Beth Donovan.
“50 years of continuity in any industry is a remarkable achievement, but it’s especially rare in a dynamic field like the car industry.”
The Falcon 50th anniversary range will include G Series and XR models, with six individual variants available across both sedan and ute bodystyles:
  • G6E 50th Anniversary
  • G6E Turbo 50th Anniversary
  • Falcon XR6 50th Anniversary sedan
  • Falcon XR6 Turbo 50th Anniversary sedan
  • Falcon XR6 50th Anniversary ute
  • Falcon XR6 Turbo 50th Anniversary ute
Falcon XR 50th Anniversary
The Falcon XR 50th Anniversary sedan models will feature unique “Dark Stealth” colour accents on the upper and lower grilles, fog lamp bezels and rear bumper insert, and “Medium Stealth” accents on the alloy wheels, along with high series side mirrors with integrated indicators and G Series-spec tail lamps.
Bespoke anniversary features for the exterior include “XR50” badging, XR50 body stripes and a “50th Anniversary” fender feature, while on the inside there is an embroidered XR50 logo on the seats, XR50 carpet mats and door scuff plates, and 50th Anniversary instrument cluster graphics.
Other highlights include special interior trim on the centre console, Interior Command Centre (ICC), instrument panel and front door spears, along with standard dual zone climate control, premium audio system and high series sports leather steering wheel.
Features specific to the Falcon XR6 50th Anniversary include new partial leather seat trim and 18-inch XR alloy wheels with the detail accent treatment.
The Falcon XR6 Turbo 50th Anniversary receives new leather-detailed seat trim, reverse sensing system and 19-inch XR alloy wheels with striking, full colour accent treatment.
Falcon XR 50th Anniversary ute models receive the same list of exterior and interior appointments, respective to their sedan counterparts, with the exclusion of sedan-specific items – the rear bumper insert, high series side mirrors, 50th Anniversary fender feature and G Series-spec tail lamps, as well as reverse sensing system on the Turbo model.
Ford G Series 50th Anniversary
G Series 50th Anniversary models also feature unique accent colour treatments with “Medium Stealth” touches on the upper and lower grilles, and rear bumper insert, plus “Light Stealth” accents on the fog lamp bezels and alloy wheels.
Bespoke anniversary features for the G Series models includes new leather detailed seat trim with embroidered “50th Anniversary” logos, 50th Anniversary badge, fender feature and carpet floor mats, along with special interior trim on the centre console, ICC, instrument panel and front door spears.
Additional equipment extends to standard fitment of a satellite navigation system with G Series 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with detailed accent treatment.
Production of XR 50th Anniversary models will commence in June, with G Series 50th Anniversary models to follow in July.
A new exterior paint colour will be introduced in conjunction with the release of the Falcon 50th Anniversary range. Called “Sunburst”, the new XR hero paint will be the launch colour for the XR 50th Anniversary models – Sunburst is an intense and saturated effervescent burnt orange with metallic orange/gold highlights.
G Series 50th Anniversary models will be available in two new prestige paint colours to be introduced for the FG Falcon range in May and August. Arriving first is “Havana”, a soft neutral mocha metallic with smoky brown graduated hues and a dark, deeper bronze highlight.
Coming on line in August, “Edge” is a dark charcoal with a hint of blue that features a dark, sparkling luxury metallic highlight.
“Recommended pricing for the Falcon 50th Anniversary range will be announced closer to the on sale date, but as with previous limited edition models, customers can expect these special vehicles to come with some equally special pricing that will deliver exceptional value for money,” Ms Donovan said.
First six-cylinder engine
The timing of today’s announcement also marks 50 years since the first inline six-cylinder engine was produced at Ford’s Geelong engine plant.
The 144 cubic inch (2.4-litre) overhead valve (OHV) engine developed 67 kilowatts of power when it was introduced, which was class-leading at the time but only average for a 1.5-litre four-cylinder today.
By comparison, the advanced design of today’s Falcon engine would have been unimaginable back in 1960, with high-tech features like a dual mode split plenum composite intake manifold, fast burn cylinder head, double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and dual independent variable camshaft timing (DI-VCT).
Half a century on the Falcon’s six-cylinder engine produces almost three times the power and more than twice the peak torque, while being significantly more fuel efficient despite a 50 per cent increase in total vehicle mass.
1960 XK Falcon
2010 FG Falcon
Engine size
2.4-litre (2359cc)
4.0-litre (3984cc)
Engine type
No. of valves
Two valves per cylinder
Four valves per cylinder
Fuel system
Single throat carburettor
Sequential multipoint electronic fuel injection
67 kW
195 kW
187 Nm
391 Nm
Standard 3-speed manual
Optional 2-speed automatic
Standard 6-speed automatic

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