NC Fairlane/DC LTD (1991-1995)

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1991 was the year that V8s returned to Ford. The DC LTD came with the fuel injected 5L V8, which managed 165kW, while the 3.9L six remained standard on the NC Fairlane.nJust like years gone by, there were now two Fairlane models to choose from: Fairlane and Fairlane Ghia.

The basic Fairlane was hard to pick from the previous NA model, it had new alloy wheels. The Fairlane Ghia had distinctive alloy wheels and clear front indicators. The DC LTD had clear front indicators and body-coloured side strips.

After less than a year, the cars were updated with Series II. Anti-lock brakes were introduced and they were standard on every model. As with the EB Falcon, the 3.9L was replaced by a quieter 4.0L, which produced 148kW of power and 348Nm of torque. There were upgraded sound systems and all cars got new lounge-style front seats. Tickford Vehicle Engineering was established, so Fairlane buyers could opt for Tickford Touring Suspension, five spoke 16 inch alloy wheels, Michelin tyres and a Momo steering wheel, to give their car a sporting feel.

In early 1993, all cars got the new Smartlock security system with Tibbe locks and an immobiliser, and then a lap sash rear seatbelt became standard. In August 1993, the Fairlane was discontinued; it was back to one model – the Fairlane Ghia. Fairlane was further improved in March 1994, when it gained a leather bound steering wheel, new design alloy wheels and a bonnet ornament.

NC Fairlane / DC LTD Photos (photos are cropped, click to enlarge)
Ford NC Fairlane / DC LTD
On Sale: July 1991 – March 1995 (Series II: May 1992)
How do I know it’s an NC? Almost unchanged from NA. Fairlane has new alloy wheels and amber front indicators, Fairlane Ghia has new alloy wheels, clear front indicators and body-coloured mirrors. Series II has more modern looking stereo. Body-coloured door handles added sometime in 1993. May 1994-: Revised alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers and side strips, bonnet ornament.
How do I know it’s a DC? Almost unchanged from DA. Some early cars have black door handles. Clear front indicators, body-coloured side strips, C-pillar window louvres. Series II: More modern looking stereo.
Models available:
Fairlane:
Fairlane Ghia:
LTD:
sedan
sedan
sedan
Option packs/prototypes/limited editions:
Fairlane Sportsman: (Limited Edition) Snowflake alloy wheels, body coloured side protection mouldings, choice of four colours, October 1993.
What’s new? Return of the V8, 4.0L engine (Series II)
Firsts: Lap sash rear seat belt, anti-lock braking, Smartlock
Prices at introduction: Fairlane – $38489, Fairlane Ghia – $40422, LTD – $54513
Total NCs built: 14209, DCs: 1881
Transmission: 4 speed automatic
Engines:
3.9L multi-point 6 cyl (Series I)
Bore and stroke: 93 x 99 mm
Power: 139kW at 4250rpm
Torque: 338Nm at 3500rpm
Overhead camshaft, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: EEC IV fuel injection
Compression ratio: 8.8:1

4.0L 6 cyl (Series II)
Bore and stroke: 92 x 99 mm
Power: 148kW at 4500rpm
Torque: 348Nm at 3750rpm
Overhead camshaft, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: EEC IV fuel injection
Compression ratio: 8.8:1
5.0L V8
Bore and stroke: 102 x 76 mm
Power: 165kW at 4500rpm
Torque: 388Nm at 3000rpm
Pushrod overhead valve, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: EEC IV fuel injection
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
l
Fuel consumption: 15.7L/100km (LTD Series II, Wheels magazine)
Performance:
(Fairlane 5.0 V8 sedan, 4 speed auto):
Top speeds in gears
1st: 76km/h
2nd: 125km/h
3rd: 190km/h
4th: 218km/h
0-100km/h: 8.1 seconds
Standing 400m: 15.9 seconds

(LTD 5.0 V8, 4 speed auto):
Top speeds in gears
1st: 76km/h
2nd: 125km/h
3rd: 181km/h
4th: 218km/h
0-100km/h: 8.4 seconds
Standing 400m: 16.1 seconds
Suspension:
Front
Short and long arm, long spindle with single rate coil springs, twin tube telescopic shock absorbers and stabiliser bar

Rear
Live axle with Watts linkage telescopic shock absorbers, coil springs and stabiliser bar, automatic self-levelling rear suspension
Brakes:
Front
Power assisted 287mm ventilated discs, anti lock brakes (Series II)

Rear
Power assisted 287mm discs, anti lock brakes (Series II)
Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion
Wheels: Fairlane – 15 x 6.5 inch JJ steel, Fairlane Ghia – 15 x 6.5 JJ alloy with centre cap, Series II – optional 16 x 7 inch 5 spoke alloy, LTD – 15 x 6.5 inch JJ holed alloy wheels with centre cap and LTD logo
Tyres: P205/65 HR15 steel belted radials, Series II: optional Michelin 225/50 ZR16
Dimensions:


Length:
Width:
Height:
Wheelbase:
Front track:
Rear track:
Kerb weight:
Turning circle:
Fuel tank:
Boot space:
Fairlane/LTD
5220mm
1857mm
1420/1414mm
2921mm
1566mm
1545mm
1608/1672kg
11.4m
68 litres
481 litres
Interior dimensions:


Front headroom:
Rear headroom:
Front shoulder room:
Rear shoulder room:
Front hip room:
Rear hip room:
Front legroom:
Rear legroom:
Fairlane/LTD
977mm
985mm
1527/1520mm
1515/1508mm
1475mm
1245mm
1080mm
1075mm
Features (Series II, 1994): Legend


Automatic
Air conditioning
Power steering
Power windows
Power mirrors
Immobiliser
Central locking
Radio cassette
(speakers)
CD player
Steering adj.
Seat height adj
Seats
Speedometer
Tachometer
Trip computer
Cruise control
ABS brakes
Alloy wheels
Sunroof
Fairlane Ghia






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velour
digital





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LTD






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leather
digital





opt
Awards:
Fairlane Rivals: Holden VQ/VR Statesman
LTD Rivals: Holden VQ/VR Caprice