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1972 Ford Falcon 500 XY 4×4 One Of Just 432 Produced

To most Americans, the Ford Falcon is a compact vehicle that hung around for roughly two decades – the 1960s and 1970s – one that was offered in an array of body styles. However, in Australia, the Ford Falcon continued to be produced all the way up until 2016, evolving into a larger model with plenty of variants launched along the way. It’s safe to say that few, if any, are as rare as this 1972 Ford Falcon 500 XY 4×4, however.

1972 Ford Falcon 500 XY - Exterior 002 - Rear Three Quarters

That’s because this 1972 Ford Falcon 500 XY 4×4 – which recently surfaced for auction at Collecting Cars – is one of just 432 produced in total, and it’s been treated to a full restoration as well. The vintage white ‘ute isn’t exactly a common sight these days, as one might imagine, making it quite the catch for anyone that lives in Australia, where it’s currently located, or someone that would be willing to go through the process of importing it into another market.

1972 Ford Falcon 500 XY - Interior 001

Finished in a fresh coat of white paint, this Ford Falcon 500 XY 4×4 is equipped with a matching white windscreen topper shield, a chrome front bumper, black rear bumperettes, and 15-inch black powder-coated steel wheels, which are wrapped with Falken Wildpeak tires. The interior is trimmed in brown vinyl, and features a few amenities that include a heater and “Super Fringe” radio, albeit with crank windows. Power comes from a naturally-aspirated 4.0L I-6, which has been rebuilt and is mated to a three-speed manual transmission.

1972 Ford Falcon 500 XY - Engine Bay 001

This super cool and ultra rare Ford Falcon should wind up selling for a pretty penny, but it certainly isn’t the only Aussie model we’ve seen hit the auction block as of late. In fact, over the past few months, that list has also included the famous 1973 Ford Falcon “Tim Allen Interceptor,” a 1987 Falcon ‘ute imported into the U.S., and one of the Falcon XB models used in the movie Mad Max: Fury Road.

We’ll have more cool auction finds like this to share soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Falcon news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Lurch

    The Aussies got the cool cars.

    1. Ross Kroger

      The Aussies designed and made the cool cars our last Falcon the FGX and the last Commodores and Monaros (both of which were sold in the US) all three are now valued, appreciated and respected as being collectable.
      My daily driver is a V8 manual Aussie ute done over 125,000 miles and runs like new!

  2. Ross Kroger

    The XY Falcon 4X4 used a Jeep transmission and 4WD system. The engine had to be tilted to fit under the XY body as the front drive / transmission and 4WD system was meant the motor was higher in the chassis.
    It is rarer that the XY Falcon GTHO (Bathurst winner) a car that can sell for a million dollars AUD.
    Given this was in 1972 it should have been a lot more popular but Toyota had the Landcruiser well supported by Japan and it made its name in the Snowy Mountain water scheme and subsequently the mining industry that Australia is financially totally dependent upon.

    1. InPhase

      They only made 250 XY GTHO’s, so it’s not rarer.


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