Ford AU Falcon front-end conversions

Ford AU Falcon front-end conversions

It seems that the Ford AU Falcon was not a flop, merely ahead of its time.

Much maligned when new, primarily due to its controversial styling, it appears that the droopy-nosed family hauler’s time to shine has finally come.

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While the design wasn’t to late-1990s tastes, almost a decade later it proved much more palatable when it provided the inspiration for the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Ferrari ford frontNow the internet has taken things one step further, retrofitting AU Falcon front ends onto everything from a Ferrari F40 to a Nissan Stagea to a Nissan S15 Silvia (200SX in Australia) to the Bathurst-winning Gibson Motorsport Nissan R32 GT-R.

AU Falcon front end S15 200SXIf you were a fan of terrible AU Falcon puns, you could even say this kind of photoshop work is the internet’s Forte.

AU Falcon front end 180SXThe AU Falcon may have been a sales disaster, handing Holden’s VT Commodore a dominant market share at a crucial time in the development of the Australian car, but it’s now having the last laugh, soldiering on while VT Commodores all sag in the rear end.

AU Falcon front end StageaIts rugged, can-do attitude is typified by the excellent FB page ‘AU Falcons doing incredible things’, which is well worth signing up to if you’re a fan of all things Ford (or even if you’re not).

The AU Falcon’s finest performance model, the T3 TE50, also managed second place behind the mighty XY GT-HO Phase III in our Greatest Falcons ever reader poll, though we placed it 10th in our list of the Greatest Falcons Ever.

Long live the AU Falcon!

 

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