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HCOTY 2012 Nominee: California Ford Falcon XB

Jim Yu December 17, 2012 Hooniversal Car of the Year 15 Comments

I have come across a lot of cool cars this year. A lot. Obscure classics at the Anti-Football Run. The Citroens of Seconds Saturdays. The original Cars & Coffee. Lancias at Eddins Moto. And a whole bunch of fast cars. But what really did it for me is this, Brendan’s Ford Falcon XB.


  • It’s Australian, so it’s right-hand drive.
  • It’s got a honkin’ Ford V8.
  • It has Lucas electrics.
  • It’s a handful to drive.
  • It’s in California.
  • It smells of fuel, oil, and grease.

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  • MVEilenstein

    •It smells of fuel, oil, and grease.

    All the good ones do.

  • Wow, I guess I missed this one when it ran. Niiiiice.


  • marmer01

    Is it the last of the V8 Interceptors?

  • TrueBlue315

    I absolutely love '70's Aussie iron, and this one ticks all the right boxes. "Sexy" seems like an understatement!

  • buzzboy7

    351C and a Toploader4

    • TechEd

      Technically, even though the engine is designated a Cleveland, it's a 351 M – as in Melbourne. Built as a Cleveland but with extra thick internal webbing. Stronger than a US made version.

  • rennsport964

    If you're into Falcon XB Coupe hoonage footage, hy thee to Netflix and watch "Love the Beast". Ahnold says Dooo Iht. Dooo iht naaauggh!

  • Andy

    It would be a shame to blow it up.

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    If I win some giant lottery, I will fly to 'Stralia and purchase at least one of these.

    Plus 1 for Love the Beast. Eric Bana is one of us.

  • Brendan

    Thanks for nominating me Jim! It was my pleasure to show you the XB and take you for a drive.

    Not too long after that drive, the steering rag joint failed. Luckily it was during a slow turn and I was able to stop quickly. I am still fixing the darn thing as the sterring shaft and steering box are both UNDER the brake booster. A lot of swearing and thrown wrenches.

    At least I'll have the Monaro back on the road shortly. Another cruise in Aussie iron from the '70s.

    • Rover1

      You own a Ford AND a Holden!!!!?

      • Brendan

        I do. Got a 1971 Holden HQ GTS Coupe. Used to have two other Holdens, both Utes.