Wednesday, March 24, 2010

All Ford Day - Part 5 - EA to BF Falcons, Lotus Cortina

Ford lost its way in the 1980's. They dropped the V8 engine to focus on a six cylinder range. This did not include turbos sadly. Without the performance jewels in the crown, the brand lost its lustre. It wasnt until the EB Falcon that performance returned to Fords range. A break from 1982 to 1992 from the V8 engine did great harm to Fords image, and also in Police fleet sales. 

To restore this performance image, the 'XR' range was developed for the EB series of Falcons, with the XR6 a strong seller which continues today as a GT-lite performance car. The XR8 also appeared in the EB Falcon, and also continues today. At the All Ford Day, quite a few of these models were on display. 

The GT nameplate reappeared, to celebrate the GT 25th anniversary, after going AWOL since the XB days, with a bizarre bodykit, performance suspension and 5.0 litre V8
EL Falcon
Great car, nice stance and bold custom induction system.
EB Series II XR6 - beautiful car, with engine dropped a few cm to allow the turbo piping to remain under the bonnet. 
BA Falcon Boss 260
FTE Falcon
AU Falcon
A pair of Lotus Cortinas were on display. 
Built from 1963 to 1966, the engine was quite advanced, with 1600cc and twin overhead cams.
Only a few rods, I liked this even though it had a six cylinder GM engine. Supercharged however, which mitigates the crime. Check out the fuel pressure gauge hanging off the blower. This tops all ricer bonnet mounted gauges.

Next post - All the rest!

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