I was pleased with the wagons feature as I have always liked them whether Holden, Ford, Chrysler or others. Having owned an XY Fairmont V8 wagon for 30 years, I’d like to point out a number of things about the XY model. Wagon ID numbers: Fairmont – JG35; Falcon – JG30; Falcon 500 – JG 31.
XY wagons never optioned the 351 V8, although some say one was built.
Also the twin exhaust was not an option probably because the pipe on the passenger side passes too close to the fuel-tank filler hose. The GT mock-up sold by Shannons last year was a rare Falcon 500 wagon with factory 302 and 4 speed (with original engine), paint code H which is track red and interior code B which is black. It has been fitted with Fairmont seats and Fairlane door trims (it’s currently for sale in a Frankston, Vic, showroom).
Although I haven’t been able to track down build numbers on XY Fairmont 4-speed wagons, a Ford historian has advised a total Fairmont wagon build figure of 3600. I couldn’t get the build figures for Falcon wagons. Most Fairmont wagons were 6-cylinder column-shift autos with saddle interior the most common trim colour. A large number had two-tone paint jobs. The rarest wagons are T-bar autos or 4 speed manuals in 6 cylinder or V8 and GS wagons. In the late 80s I saw a lot of XW and XY Fairmont wagons scrapped for their interiors and running gear to build GT replicas.
A final note – at the 2015 Victorian Hot Rod Show 2015 there was a factory-original Holden HG wagon with 350 V8 and Powerglide auto in plain white with gold interior.
An awesome sleeper.
ED A hill of wagon facts that you couldn’t jump over, right there, William. Respect!