ZC Fairlane (1969 – 1970)

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Another V8 engine was available in the ZC Fairlane, the enormous 351 5.8L V8. This powerplant joined the 3.6L six and the 302 V8. Styling was further refined, and the tail lights were changed. The headlights had gone from the twin horizontal headlights of the ZA to ZB, to the vertical pairs of the ZC. This change made the car appear much bigger, which was good news for Ford, criticised that the Fairlane was just a stretched Falcon. Adding to the prestige was plenty of chrome plating and red stripe inserts in the tyres.

As before, there was the Custom and the better equipped 500. Air conditioning was introduced as an option, but a radio was still optional on both models. Ford successfully sound-deadened and insulated the Fairlane, producing a refined and very quiet ride.

ZC Fairlane Photos (photos are cropped, click to enlarge)
Ford ZC Fairlane
On Sale: July 1969 – November 1970
How do I know it’s a ZC? New vertical dual headlights, making the car appear much larger, grille divided horizontally into two, with Fairlane badge to the right, new wraparound tail light design. Fairlane badge on rear guard, Fairlane 500 has chrome stripes along lower edge of body and wheel arches.
Models available:
Fairlane Custom:
Fairlane 500:
What’s new? New headlight design, 351 V8
Firsts: Optional air conditioning
Prices at introduction: Custom sedan – $3734, 500 sedan – $4195
Total ZCs built: 12513
Transmission: 3 speed manual, 4 speed manual, 3 speed Cruisomatic
3.6 221 cubic inches (3.6L) 6 cyl
Bore and stroke: 3.68 x 3.46 inches
Power: 140bhp (104kW) at 4400rpm
Torque: 210lb-ft (285Nm) at 2400rpm
Pushrod overhead valve, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: Single throat carburettor
Compression ratio: 9.3:1

Mustang 302 cubic inches (5L) V8
Bore and stroke: 4 x 3 inches
Power: 220bhp (164kW) at 4600rpm
Torque: 300lb-ft (407Nm) at 2600rpm
Pushrod overhead valve, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: Two barrel carburettor
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
5.8 351 cubic inches (5.8L) V8
Bore and stroke: 4 x 3.5 inches
Power: 250bhp (186kW) at 4600rpm
Torque: 355lb-ft (481Nm) at 2600rpm
Pushrod overhead valve, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: Two barrel carburettor
Compression ratio: 9.7:1
Fuel consumption:
Performance (Fairlane 351 V8 sedan, 3 spd auto):
Top speeds in gears
1st: 50mph (80km/h)
2nd: 85mph (137km/h)
3rd: 117mph (188km/h)
0-60mph (0-97km/h): 7.6 seconds
Standing quarter mile (402m): 16 seconds
Independent with coil springs and hydraulic double acting shock absorbers, stabiliser bar
Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs with double acting shock absorbers
Hydraulic operation, 10 inch drums, 11.25 inch power assisted discs on Fairlane 500

Hydraulic operation, 10 inch drums
Steering: Recirculating ball, power steering standard on Fairlane 500
Wheels: Pressed steel disc 5JJ wheels with safety rims, optional radial tyres 6JJ rims
Tyres: Crossply 6.95 x 14, special ER70 x 14 wide oval, radial ply optional on all models
Length: 196.3 inches (4986mm)
Width: 73.5 inches (1867mm)
Height: 55.8 inches (1417mm)
Wheelbase: 116 inches (2946mm)
Front track: 58.9 inches (1496mm)
Rear track: 58.5 inches (1486mm)
Kerb weight: 3304lb (1499kg)
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

Air conditioning
Power steering
Bench seat
Bucket seats
Seat belts
Courtesy lights
Vinyl roof
Fairlane Custom


front lap-sash

Fairlane 500




front lap-sash

Rivals: Holden HK/HG Brougham, Chrysler VF/VG VIP