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Ford P6 LTD
BEARING absolutely no family
resemblance to the then current XC
Falcon, the P6 LTD caused something
of a sensation. It was first introduced
in September 1976 and all up 5896
vehicles were built. It was eventually
replaced by the FC LTD in June 1979.
The P6 was big and looked big.
Styling was clean and crisp in the
American manner. The wheelbase
was 3074mm, the longest of any
modern passenger car in Australia.
The engine continued to be the well
proven 5.8-litre V8, designed to meet
newly introduced emission controls.
Transmission was the T-bar operated
three-speed Cruisomatic and braking
efficiency through the four-wheel discs
was increased with the addition of a
larger capacity booster.
The LTD was intended as a rival
to some of the prestigious brands
from Britain and Europe. The Silver
Monarch, a super-luxury optional
version of the LTD, featured Stardust
Silver exterior paint with especially
imported Normandy Grain, silver vinyl
roof and Cranberry Red crushed velour
cloth seats and door trim as well as
white sidewall tyres. Other metallic
exterior finishes were available in
Regency colours of blue, green, lime
The LTD came equipped with
variable ratio power steering, power-
operated windows, air conditioning
and heater demister system, tinted
side and rear glass, two-speed wipers
and washers, flow-through ventilation,
foot-operated parking brake, as
many interior lights as would ever
be needed, 24-hour clock, laminated
windscreen and front seatbelts to
name just a few of the standard
This front engined, rear drive luxury
sedan was powered by a 5.8-litre V8
fuelled through a Carter four barrel
carburettor which developed 162kW at
4,500rpm and capable of 180km/h top
speed in third gear from its automatic
transmission. Front suspension
comprised rubber bushed upper
arms, angle poised ball joint type,
coil springs with a torsion bar ride
stabiliser and anti-dive geometry. The
rear suspension used semi-elliptical,
variable rate leaf springs with
diagonally mounted hydraulic shock
absorbers, rubber bushed shakles and
ISO-clamp axle mounting.
Developed to give more precise
handling and road holding for
long distance touring, an option
was available to improve handling
comprising heavy duty shock
absorbers, increased fade resistant
brakes and a slightly increased ride
height. Coupled with a long range
fuel tank (79.5 litres) and either of
the factory fitted towing options to
tow a boat or caravan made the LTD
an excellent long distance tourer.
Practical as well as prestigious, the
big LTD made light work of towing up
to 1587kg of cruising boat. They were
also popular for pulling horse floats.
Leather trim was an LTD option and
gave the high-back front seats a real
feel of a gentleman’s carriage. The
long wheelbase contributed to the
excellent legroom available to rear
seat passengers in their contoured
seats. The rear seats featured their
own air-conditioning ducts, ashtray,
cigar lighter and power window switch
on each door, individual map pockets,
a pull-down central arm-rest and good
forward vision afforded by the use of
narrow front head restraints.
The dashboard was revised for the
LTD with the crash pad lowered for
better forward visibility. The speedo
was strip style with a series of warning
lights. The parking brake was foot-
engaged with a twist handle release.
To allow greater legroom, the steering
wheel was flattened on the bottom,
giving an oval shape. Knee padding
was placed below the dash. However,
in spite of the many opulent features,
the stereo cassette player and AM/FM
radio were still optional extras.
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