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EL Ford
October 1996 - September 1998


EL GLi sedan and wagon

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The EL Ford Falcon along with the NL Fairlane and DL LTD, was introduced at the Sydney Motor Show in October 1996. A minor facelift of the 1994 EF, the model marked the end of the E-Series Falcon models. In total, 141,056 EL Falcons and Fairmonts, 8727 NL Fairlanes, and 930 DL LTDs were built. The XH Falcon utility continued on with and upgrade to XH Series II in October 1997. The EL Falcon was replaced in September 1998 by the AU Falcon. The NL Fairlane/DL LTD was replaced by the AU Fairlane/LTD in March 1999. The XH Series II Utility was replaced by the AU Utility in June 1999 marking the end of the Falcon panelvan.

Range

EL Ford Falcon ($30,304 - $49,082)

  • GLi, 4.0L, 6-cyl, Sedan/Wagon, 157kW@4900rpm, 357Nm@3000rpm, A$30,304
    GLi, 5.0L, V8, Sedan/Wagon, 165kW@4500rpm, 388Nm@3000rpm, A$33,311
  • Futura, 4.0L, 6-cyl, Sedan/Wagon, 157kW, 357Nm, A$33,058
    Futura, 5.0L, V8, Sedan, 165kW, 388Nm, A$36,065
  • Fairmont, 4.0L, 6-cyl, Sedan/Wagon, 157kW, 357Nm, $39,152
    Fairmont, 5.0L, V8, Sedan/Wagon, 165kW, 388Nm, $42,159
  • Fairmont Ghia, 4.0L, 6-cyl, Sedan, 162kW@4900rpm, 361Nm@4900rpm, A$46,921
    Fairmont Ghia, 5.0L, V8, Sedan, 165kW, 388Nm, A$49,082
  • XR6, 4.0L, 6-cyl, Sedan, 164kW@5000rpm, 366Nm@3150rpm, A439,152
  • XR8, 5.0L, V8, Sedan, 170kW@4500rpm, 398Nm@3000rpm, A$41,313 (till Oct 1997)
    XR8, 5.0L, V8, Sedan, 185kW@4500rpm, 402Nm@3200rpm (from Oct 1997)
  • GT, 5.0L, V8, Sedan, 200kW, 420Nm (from March 1997)

NL Ford Fairlane ($48,374 - $51,479)

  • Fairlane Ghia, 4.0L, 6-cyl, Sedan, 157kW, 357Nm, A$48,374
    Fairlane Ghia, 5.0L, V8, Sedan, 165kW, 388Nm, $51,479
  • Fairlane by Tickford, 5.0L, V8, Sedan, 195kW, 405Nm (from May 1998)

DL Ford LTD ($61,531 - $64,712)

  • 4.0L, 6-cyl, Sedan, 157kW, 357Nm, A$61,531
    5.0L, V8, Sedan, 165kW, 388Nm, A$64,712
XH Ford Falcon Utility/Van (XH II from October 1997) ($23,359 -$30,564)
  • Longreach GLi
  • Longreach S
  • Longreach Outback
  • XR6
  • XR8

Limited Edition models

  • Classic- Available on GLi and Futura. Air conditioning, alloy wheels, metallic paint, passenger airbag, pinstriping. March - June 1997
  • Sapphire- Available on GLi and Futura, $3500 extras at no extra cost, to fight Holden’s VT Commodore. Air conditioning, new-design 15 inch alloys, pinstriping and badges, no cost metallic paint. GLi: cruise control. Futura: passenger airbag. August - December 1997.
  • Sapphire (II)- Available on GLi and Futura, $3500 extras at no extra cost. Air conditioning, 15 inch alloys, pinstriping and badges, no cost metallic paint. GLi: cruise control, front power windows. Futura: passenger airbag, velour interior. March - August 1998.
  • S- Upgrade of GLi or Futura. $3500 extras at no extra cost. Air conditioning, sports alloys, 6 stack CD player, ‘S’ Pack pinstriping. January 1998. A$29,950
  • Concorde- upgrade on Fairlane Ghia, with high-performance engine (162kW).
  • Tradesman- Upgrade on Longreach GLi Ute and Van. Added air conditioning, vinyl bed liner, 15 inch alloy wheels, Tradesman decals, remote central locking. Sold between May and June 1997, with 520 utilities and 80 vans produced. Reintroduced between October 1998 and June 1999, with 820 utilities and 80 vans produced.
  • Longreach S Splash- Upgrade on Longreach S Ute. Added an alloy sports bar, alloy wheels (as per EF Fairmont Ghia), cruise control, and leather steering wheel. Sold between July 1997 and November 1998, with 300 produced.
  • Longreach GLi Special Edition- Upgrade of GLi ute adding air conditioning, alloy wheels, and "Special Edition" decals. Sold between December 1998 and June 1999, with 600 produced.

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Passenger Vehicles


EL Falcon GLi
Sedan


EL Falcon GLi
Wagon


EL Falcon GLi
Sedan


EL Falcon GLi Classic
Sedan


EL Falcon GLi Sapphire
Sedan


EL Ford Falcon Futura
Sedan


EL Ford Falcon Futura
Sedan


EL Ford Falcon Futura
Wagon


EL Ford Falcon Futura S
Sedan


EL Ford Fairmont
Sedan


EL Ford Fairmont
Wagon


EL Ford Fairmont Ghia


EL Ford Fairmont Ghia


EL Ford Fairmont Ghia


EL Ford Falcon XR6


EL II Ford Falcon XR6


EL Ford Falcon XR8


EL II Ford Falcon XR8


EL Ford Falcon XR8


EL Ford Falcon XR8


EL Ford Falcon GT


EL Ford Falcon GT


EL Ford Falcon GT


NL Ford Fairlane Ghia


NL Ford Fairlane Ghia


NL Ford Fairlane by Tickford


NL Ford Fairlane by Tickford


NL Ford Fairlane Concorde


DL Ford LTD


DL Ford LTD


DL Ford LTD


EL Ford Falcon GLi
Accessories


EL Ford Fairmont Ghia
Tickford Enhanced
(sourced FordForums.com.au
)


EL Ford Falcon GLi
Police Vehicle


EL Ford Falcon XR8
Police Vehicle

EL Ford Falcon Futura
Ambulance

EL Ford Falcon GLi
Taxi

EL Ford Falcon XR6
Taxi

Commercial Vehicles


XH Ford Falcon Longreach GLi
Ute


XH II Ford Falcon Longreach GLi
Van


XH Ford Falcon Longreach GLi
Ute


XH Ford Falcon Longreach GLi One Tonne


XH Ford Falcon Longreach S V8


XH Ford Falcon Longreach S
Ute


XH Ford Falcon Longreach Outback


XH II Ford Falcon XR6


XH II Ford Falcon XR6

(sourced FordForums.com.au
)


XH II Ford Falcon XR8


XH Ford Falcon Longreach Tradesman
Ute


XH Ford Falcon Longreach Tradesman
Van


XH Ford Falcon Longreach Splash


XH Ford Falcon Longreach GLi Special Edition

Badges and wheels


EL Ford Falcon GLi
Ford grille badge


EL Ford Falcon GLi
rear badge


EL Ford Falcon GLi
4.0L engine door decal


EL Ford Falcon Futura
rear badge


EL Ford Falcon
Classic door decal


EL Ford Falcon
Sapphire door decal


EL Ford Fairmont Ghia
rear badge


EL Ford Fairmont Ghia
boot garnish badge


EL Ford Falcon XR6
rear badge


EL Ford Falcon XR8
rear badge


EL Ford Falcon XR Tickford
badge


EL Ford Falcon GT
rear badge


EL Ford Falcon GT
interior badge


NL Ford Fairlane Ghia
boot garnish badge


NL Ford Fairlane by Tickford
rear badge



NL Ford Fairlane Concorde
decal


XH Ford Falcon Longreach S
rear badge/decal


XH Ford Falcon Longreach V8 S
rear badge/decal


EL Ford Falcon GLi
15" 16 spoke wheel cover


EL Ford Falcon Futura

15" 12 spoke clear coated wheel cover


EL Ford Falcon Classic
15" alloy wheel


EL Ford Falcon Sapphire
15" alloy wheel


EL Ford Falcon S
15" alloy wheel
(Same as ED XR model)


EL Ford Fairmont
15" x 7" alloy wheel


EL Ford Fairmont Ghia
15" x 7" 8-spoke alloy wheel


EL Ford Falcon XR
15" x 7" 6-spoke alloy wheels


EL Ford Falcon XR
16" shark fin alloy wheels


EL Ford Falcon GT
17" x 8½" alloy wheels



NL Ford Fairlane Ghia
15" alloy wheels


NL Ford Fairlane Concorde
16" gold alloy wheels


NL Ford Fairlane by Tickford

17" Speedline alloy wheels


DL Ford LTD
16" x 7" chrome alloy wheels


XH Ford Falcon
15" steel wheels


XH Ford Falcon Tradesman
15" steel wheels

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Colours

As at 1996;

EL Ford Falcon colours

Dynamic White, Arctic Blue, Sparkling Burgandy, Mocha Foam, Mercury
Hot Chilli Red, Navy Blue, Argon Silver, Gunmetal, Regency
Bermuda Green, Heritage Green

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Production


EL Falcon

Introduced: September 1996
Production: July 1996 to August 1998
Production sites: Broadmeadows
Production volume: 141,056
EL XR6: 3632
EL Series 1 XR8: 824
EL Series 2 XR8: 784
EL GT: 270 (Inc 20 NZ, 2 Sth Africa)

NL Fairlane

On market: October 1996 - March 1999
Production sites: Broadmeadows
Production volume: 8,727
NL Fairlane by Tickford: 106

NL Fairlane

On market: October 1996 - March 1999
Production sites: Broadmeadows
Production volume: 930

XH II Falcon

On market: October 1997 to June 1999
Production sites: Broadmeadows
XH2 XR6 ute: 667
XH2 XR8 ute
: 624

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Motorsport

V8 Supercars

Australian Touring Car Championship

EL Ford Falcons competed in the 1997-98 V8 Supercars series as part of the Shell Australian Touring Car Championship. The 1997 season was won by Glenn Seton, in the #30 Ford Credit Racing (Glenn Seton Racing) EL Falcon with John Bowe coming second in the #18 Shell Helix Racing (Dick Johnson Racing) EL Falcon.

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1997 V8 Supercar championship winner Glenn Seton #30 Ford Credit Racing EL Ford Falcon


1997 V8 Supercar championship 2nd place John Bowe #18 Shell Helix Racing EL Ford Falcon

Bathurst

EL Ford Falcons competed in the 1997 Primus 100 Classic 1000km endurance race for V8 Supercars at Bathurst. The best performing EL Falcon was the #10 Larkham Motorsport car driven by Mark Larkham and Andrew Miedecke in third place.

EL Ford Falcons competed in the 1997 FAI 100 Classic 1000km endurance race for V8 Supercars at Bathurst. The race was won by the #4 Stone Brothers Racing EL Falcon driven by Jason Bright and Steven Richards.

Australian GT Production Car Championship

In a multiple class championship led usually by a Porsche 911 in Class A, the 1996 and 1997 Class C championship was won by Chris sexton in a EL Falcon XR6.

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Show Models

Predator

Made by Tickford Vehicle Engineering for Ford at the 1997 Sydney Motor Show, the EL Falcon GLi-based Predator was powered by a supercharged 4.0L inline 6 cylinder engine running on LPG. With 230kW and 468Nm it had more power than any other current model Falcon at the time, including the GT. The model could do 0-100km/h in 6.8 sec and 0-400m in 14.9sec. It also received a re-trimmed Momo-leather interior with upgraded sound system, upgraded brakes, 18-inch wheels and it was painted in Orange Copper.

XR8 Sequential

Made by Tickford Vehicle Engineering for the 1998 Melbourne Motor Show, the EL Falcon Sequential XR8 had a 5.0L V8 with 215kW, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Sandfire

Concept based on XH Falcon XR8 utility.

Terra

1997 concept based on XH Falcon utility.

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Ford Range

Ford Australia's passenger range at the time the EL Ford Falcon was released. Other passenger models include the Ford Explorer and Ford Raider.

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Competitors

Competitors when new:

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ED Falcon (1993)
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