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NC Fairlane 1991-1995
The NC Fairlane was introduced in July 1991. Its grille followed the same styling theme as the NA and differentiating the cars at a glance can be difficult. A Ghia version of the Fairlane was introduced for the first time and featured distinctive alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers and side mouldings with silvered inserts. The NC saw the return of the V8 engine as an option in the big Fords. The 5.0-litre engine had multi-point fuel injection and was a lot more refined than earlier V8s.
The NC Fairlane is Ford’s long wheelbase luxury car based on the EA/EB Falcon. The Series 2 NC Fairlane has lounge style seats and the Ghia version is fitted with an Alpine audio system. From February 1993 an immobiliser was fitted as standard. The Fairlane was discontinued in August 1993, leaving the Fairlane Ghia as the only Fairlane model. The modern interior of the NC featured a driving position with just about everything for easy long distance travel. The cruise control operated from a pair of multi-function buttons on the steering wheel hub. The climate control was operated from a panel in front of the driver’s left hand and the trip computer in the centre of the dash kept track of speed, fuel consumption and distance to empty, not to mention having a clock. The velour covered seats were available in various subtle tones to add to the luxurious feel of the interior.
The 3.9-litre six was the standard power plant for the NC Fairlane, with multi-point electronic fuel injection and the EEC-4 engine management system. Transmission was the four-speed, electronically controlled automatic with a lock-up torque converter and overdrive. Power and economy modes were fitted.
With the NC Series 2, Ford’s association with Tickford meant there was Touring Pack suspension and 16 inch wheels with Michelin tyres optionally available. The Touring Pack suspension consisted of special springs, shock absorbers, bushes, front stabiliser bar, and a lower ride height. The 16 x 7 inch five spoke alloy wheels were shod with 225/50 ZR 16 tyres.