AUTO & MOTO ARTISANS - AUSTRALIA

Dead Cool - XD Hearse

Hearses are a matter of personal taste...but what's not to like about a stylish two-door wagon with a V8?

This guy was picked up on the way back from an abortive trip to buy an old F100 for a tow car. Felicitous event, or warning to all? Only time will tell.

 

Either way, it's a handsome vehicle. Ford Australia's square-edged XD wasn't the most lovely Falcon ever made, but the defined lines had a certain gravitas in the top-of-the-range FC LTD iteration.

 

Born in September 1981 as a plain white XD Wagon, Spanmore Limousines in Queensland lopped off the 'extra' doors, stretched the wheelbase with a boxed chassis, added those gorgeous long side windows, threw on an LTD front clip and finished it off with umbrella holders under swingaway lower panels, appropriate cargo bay rollers, curtains and trim, glossy black paint, a vinyl roof, and a skinny chrome flower rack.

 

Ideal transport for 'the loved one' in its day...and doubtless more to some of its occupants tastes after a subsequent owner swapped the original straight six for a 302 Windsor V8 and added fat rubber on lowered springs.

 

Unique old cars are like real estate – they're not making any more. Unregistered, sort of running, and requiring some work (why else would it be here), it's being worked on with the aim of turning it into a cool tow vehicle (long, long wheelbase, solid chassis and a V8 fits that bill).

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