Circling the drain outside the most picturesque of Melbourne wreckers back in early January..
Not only was it achingly original, in phenomenal shape for its age and kilometers, and a generation of Falcons that have so quickly disappeared from the road; but it was s a rare, unusual and interestingly optioned variant when new: a Fairmont wagon with a bench-front/column-auto combo, all wrapped n a pleasant minty green metallic.
I don't care about the extra seat itself, but that breezy and open front seating area is just so relaxing. To see it in the high-spec Fairmont's velour trim, in a wagon, in a good colour? What a thing..
I wish I got the keys from the office to go through this properly, but I was in a bit of a hurry. It was for the best. I would have left with the damn thing if I'd looked too much longer..
packed up shop in Australia. Ford built its last Falcon (the 2014- FGX generation) a year earlier.
I love my Holdens, but Ford's Falcon always got bonus points from me for being so local. So Melbourne. A mild-melting percentage of this car would have been produced in the same state it's in right here...
As I commented on the Toyota Corona post recently, it's something that makes me feel so much better.
I may've tortured myself by looking at these photos on phone for days later.. but no, I don't have to feel bad about leaving it behind.
Now for a couple magazine articles from the EA Falcon's 1988 launch, for the billions of people outside of Australia and New Zealand (..although only a few thousand actually interested!) who've never seen one of these things:
Mitsubishi Magna wagon.
I feel I'm still a little early in the EA-ED(-EL) Falcon appreciation side of things, so this surely won't be loved by all. But I don't care. As as with every generation of Holden, Ford, Chrysler, whatever ever produced locally: history's shown its time WILL come. Here's hoping there's some good original cars left..