Michael St James 1982 FORD XE FAL­CON

THIS HIGH-SPEC V8 STILL HAS A FEW MYS­TER­IES TO RE­VEAL

Unique Cars - - READERS’ RIDES - WORDS & PHO­TOS MICHAEL ST JAMES WITH GUY ALLEN

This is an un­usual car – it was built to po­lice spec, but in this sil­ver colour. I’ve chased its his­tory, and on the ver­i­fi­ca­tion pa­pers it’s one of only six in this colour. The po­lice cars were gen­er­ally blue, white or yel­low, I can’t find any­thing with sil­ver. Given the high spec, it was per­haps or­dered for some­one in po­lice com­mand.

I’ve had a lot of Fal­cons in the past, in­clud­ing ESPs and al­ways loved the shape. They’re a good car to be in.

I’ve done a bit of a tidy up on it – noth­ing too crazy. The en­gine now has an elec­tronic ig­ni­tion, all the in­stru­ments have been sorted out and fresh­ened up.

The body was good when I got it – no rust. They gen­er­ally rust at the top of the rear quar­ters and the front fire­wall, but this one was fine. I got a few patches of paint cleaned up and a coat of clear over it.

It’s run­ning a 5.8lt V8 with a gen­uine C4 floor shift and a fac­tory 9-inch diff, which is pretty rare in th­ese.

It’s also run­ning fac­tory discs all round and air-con­di­tion­ing, which tends to sup­port the idea it may have been or­dered for some­one se­nior in the force. The pro­duc­tion num­bers on the car sup­port that, but I don’t re­ally know all the de­tails at this stage – it’s some­thing I want to clar­ify, maybe through one of the clubs.

I en­joy driv­ing th­ese old cars, the smell of the old leather, the petrol, just the gen­eral feel of them.

(Michael is sell­ing the car. SeeTradeUniqueCars.com.au)

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