ZA Fairlane (1967 – 1968)

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In the 1950s, the US Fairlane was being sold in Australia, and by the early 1960s, it was assembled here. Then, in March 1967, a locally designed and built Fairlane was released. Based on the XR Falcon, the Fairlane was an immediate success in the luxury car market.

ZA’s designers took the Falcon wheelbase and stretched it (this wheelbase was later used on the XA Falcon wagon). The XR’s doors were retained, while the rear quarter panels and bootlids were borrowed from the US model. Fairlane was powered by the Super Pursuit six cylinder; Fairlane 500 had the 289 V8.

The interior of the Fairlane retained the bench seat, with the 500 scoring reclining bucket seats. All the extra space of the bigger body went into the cavernous rear compartment. Both models were fully carpeted and the 500 had luxurious fake wood described as “an attractive walnut finish applique.”

ZA Fairlane Photos (photos are cropped, click to enlarge)
Ford ZA Fairlane
On Sale: March 1967 – March 1968
How do I know it’s a ZA? Same doors as XR Falcon. Dual circular headlights in full width grille. Fairlane badge in capital letters on rear guard. Fairlane has straight full-length side strip, Fairlane 500 has ribbed chrome side strip below doors.
Models available:
Fairlane:
Fairlane 500:
sedan
sedan
What’s new? Longer wheelbase
Firsts: First locally designed and built Fairlane
Prices at introduction: sedan – $3080, 500 sedan – $3590
Total ZAs built: 8814
Transmission: 3 speed manual, 3 speed Cruisomatic
Engines:
Super Pursuit 200 cubic inches (3.3L) 6 cyl
Bore and stroke: 3.68 x 3.13 inches
Power: 121bhp (90kW) at 4400rpm
Torque: 190lb-ft (258Nm) at 2400rpm
Pushrod overhead valve, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: Single throat carburettor
Compression ratio: 9.2:1
289 cubic inches (4.7L) V8
Bore and stroke: 4 x 2.87 inches
Power: 200bhp (149kW) at 4400rpm
Torque: 282lb-ft (382Nm) at 2400rpm
Pushrod overhead valve, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: Two barrel carburettor
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Fuel consumption: 18.1 mpg (15.5L/100km, Modern Motor magazine)
Performance (Fairlane 289 V8 sedan, 3 spd Cruisomatic):
Top speeds in gears
1st: 55mph (89km/h)
2nd: 81mph (130km/h)
3rd: 104.5mph (168km/h)
0-60mph (0-97km/h): 12.4 seconds
Standing quarter mile (402m): 16.7 seconds
Suspension:
Front
Independent with coil springs and hydraulic double acting shock absorbers
Rear
Live axle, semi-elliptic springs with hydraulic double acting shock absorbers
Brakes:
Front
Hydraulic operation, 10 inch drums, 10.75 inch power assisted discs on Fairlane 500

Rear
Hydraulic operation, 10 inch drums
Steering: Recirculating ball, power steering standard on Fairlane 500
Wheels: 14 inch wheels with safety rims
Tyres: 6.95 x 14 crossply tubed tyres, radial optional
Dimensions:
Length: 196.1 inches (4981mm)
Width: 74.7 inches (1897mm)
Height: 55 inches (1397mm)
Wheelbase: 116 inches (2946mm)
Front track: 58 inches (1473mm)
Rear track: 58 inches (1473mm)
Kerb weight: 2985lb (1345kg)
Turning circle: 41.1ft (12.5 m)
Fuel tank: 16.4 gallons (74.6 litres)
Boot space: 30 cubic feet (850 litres)
Interior dimensions:
Front headroom: 38.3 inches (973mm)
Rear headroom: 37.6 inches (955mm)
Front shoulder room: 58 inches (1473mm)
Rear shoulder room: 58 inches (1473mm)
Front hip room: 59.6 inches (1514mm)
Rear hip room: 59.5 inches (1511mm)
Front legroom: 42.1 inches (1069mm)
Rear legroom: 38.6 inches (980mm)
Features: Legend


Automatic
Air conditioning
Power steering
Heater
Radio
Carpet
Bench seat
Bucket seats
Seats
Seat belts
Clock
Courtesy lights
Vinyl roof
Fairlane
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vinyl
front
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Fairlane 500

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vinyl
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Awards:
Rivals: Chrysler VE VIP