Sovereign Fal­con

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Our

story in AMC #78 on the John Goss Spe­cial Fal­cons high­lighted that th­ese racy-look­ing limited edi­tion 1975 XB coupes were part of a 50th an­niver­sary range cel­e­brat­ing Ford Australia’s July 1, 1925 birth. The range also in­cluded a gold LTD Town Car, a Fair­lane An­niver­sary model and a Fal­con Sovereign.

The story in­cluded the fol­low­ing re­quest: “We’d love to re­ceive images of any sur­vivors from this trio.”

South Aus­tralian reader Sharon Smith an­swered the call and sent us shots of her mag­nif­i­cent XB Sovereign.

“I bought it in 1997 and I’m the third owner,” Sharon out­lined of her twin-pin-striped and vinyl-roofed Fal­con 500. “I have pretty much driven it ev­ery day since I got it.”

Her very orig­i­nal Yel­low Blaze-coloured XB came with a com­plete di­ary of ev­ery­thing done to it by the first and sec­ond own­ers, the dates of pur­chase, the mileage and even what she paid for it. Then Sharon’s dad found the build sheet while he was do­ing some work on the 4.1-litre car.

“My car was orig­i­nally pur­chased from Adrian Brien Ford in Ade­laide on Oc­to­ber 10, 1975.The first owner traded his XL Fal­con for $825 and the to­tal cost was $4852. He owned the car un­til 1987, clock­ing up 75,809 kays,” Sharon says, high­light­ing that this gent traded the car in on a newer model Ford in 1987.

“The sec­ond owner bought the car from Adrian Brien Ford for $5590. He was an older man and owned it un­til 1997, which is when I bought it. My fa­ther saw it in the news­pa­per, went and had a look, told me it was in good nick and that I should buy it. I paid $3500 and the mileage was 87,800, so the sec­ond owner hardly drove it.

“Ev­ery­thing on the car is orig­i­nal. It’s a great car which has cost me bug­ger all to main­tain and it’s been su­per re­li­able.”

Sharon is rightly proud of the cer­tifi­cates re­ceived at the All Ford Days at­tended. So it’s an­other piece of Australia’s car man­u­fac­tur­ing his­tory that’s fallen into good hands.

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