FOR DIE-HARD Blue Oval followers in Australia, there’s only one rear-wheel drive performance offering left in showrooms to partly fill the hole made by the departure of the locally-built Falcon.
It’s the Ford Mustang, and it’s a good thing, but it doesn’t do everything the Falcon once did. So what if you could somehow blend both? One dedicated fan has done just that, melding the two cars together to create a four-door tribute to the Mustang, based on the body of a Ford Falcon.
Ford Falcon: The Last Ride
Starting life as a BA, the owner has grafted the front and rear ends of a fifth-generation ‘Stang to the four-door Falcon body, and it actually sort of works. If you like orange.
What’s more, you might be able to buy it. The car has changed hands a few times in the last year, most recently via eBay where is sold for $10,700.
More details about the project are revealed in the listing, including what engine lurks under the bonnet. While the exterior is inspired by the supercharged V8 GT500, the Falstang has an atmo Barra straight-six up front, running on LPG and with an automatic gearbox.
We won’t pass too much judgement on the exterior, with the person responsible clearly passionate enough to put significant time and money into ensuring the Mustang fasciae paired smoothly with the Falcon body. That interior, though…
In an ironic twist of fate, it was actually the fifth gen S197 Mustang that signed the death warrant for the Aussie Falcon.
The S197 Mustang and BA Falcon were initially developed in conjunction, with the Aussie four-door slated to share the rear half of the pony car’s platform.
The plan was for the Falcon to later pick up the front half of the S197 platform when Ford Australia could afford to switch to the imported 3.5-litre Duratec V6 engine.
However, the plan began to come apart at the seams when Ford Australia engineers and their Mustang counterparts disagreed on a rear suspension configuration.
The difference of opinion triggered a chain of events that eventually led to the Aussie Falcon’s extinction.