Australian Car Spotters Guide - 1980

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1980 Ford Falcon XD Sedan

Ford Falcon XD

  Also see: Ford Falcon XD to EF Car Reviews and Falcon XD Specifications
Launched towards the end of March 1979, the XD Falcon came close to toppling the Commodore from its best-selling pedestal before a sudden, unexpected buying swing to four-cylinder cars in the early months of 1980, which had executives of both GM-H and Ford wringing their hands in anguish. A determined sales drive with liberal price discounts saw the Falcon make a comeback and in mid-1980 buyers were given further enticement with the introduction of more fuel efficient six-cylinder engines equipped with cylinder heads designed and built by Honda. However, petrol economy was only one factor in the Falcon's decline.

1980 Holden VC Commodore SL

Holden VC Commodore


Also see: Holden Commodore Car Reviews and Holden VC Commodore Specifications

A model update from the VB, the VC's main improvement was the introduction of the "Blue" engines. The new engines represented a considerable re-design of the trusty "Red", and now featured 12 port heads and a two-barrel carburetor with new manifold. The V8's also got new heads, along with new inlet and exhaust manifolds and electronic ignition. The 253 4.2 liter V8 was also fitted with the four barrel Rochester Quadrajet carburetor, previously reserved for the 5.0 liter engine.
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