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1974 Ford Falcon Sedan [XB]

1974 Ford Falcon [XB] in Mad Max, Movie, 1979 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: AU

1974 Ford Falcon Sedan [XB]

Position 00:09:20 [*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

Comments about this vehicle

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antp BE

2006-01-22 18:46

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The two most used police car are Falcon XB Sedan,

Max's Interceptor:

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And the Pursuit car:

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-- Last edit: 2007-10-06 12:22:38

psyduck AU

2006-05-23 19:23

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The car is most probably an XB Falcon with a GS pack or a Fairmont (Fairmonts were also optioned with a GS pack). Both came with an optional 302 or 351 Cleveland. The car doesn't have a GT badge on the grille so it's probably an optioned car, not a GT. The grille would have been an option for the car. As you say the interior was plain, it was probably a fairmont. The motor is a 351 clevo too, as the bottom has a 302 clevo, probably a Fairmont or an optioned Falcon. When I watch the movie again (DVD player is broken) I could tell you.

(Used to own one)

lightfoot1976 AU

2006-09-19 17:27

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nah, the car was a police pack. ex victoria(i think) cop car

Delta Fox US

2006-09-20 22:41

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What does "MFP" stand for? Also, why does Max's car have a slightly different paint job?

antp BE

2006-09-21 15:36

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MFP = Main Force Patrol, I think
Max's car is Intereceptor, others are Pursuit. Different job I guess :D

Delta Fox US

2006-09-21 21:58

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For a time, the Ford Falcon was sold in the U.S. Why did they discontinue it there?

On this note, I think they should start selling the new Falcon here, considering that the Holden Monaro is available here as the new Pontiac GTO.

Delta Fox US

2006-10-11 22:38

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Hey, in one picture, Max's Interceptor appears to have "MFP + some ID number" on the roof. Can anyone tell what numbers those are?

Delta Fox US

2006-11-03 22:21

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Ignore the previous comment. I found that it was 508. Big Bopper's (Roop & Charlie's car) number is 08. Now, if only I could find March Hare's (Sarse & Scuttle's car) number.

rjluna2 US

2006-11-08 04:22

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Max's yellow Inteceptor is floor mounted automatic transmission while Roop/Charlie's yellow Pursuit is column mounted automatic transmission

Delta Fox US

2006-12-25 00:48

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Yeah, I noticed that Max's Interceptor had the floor-mounted auto tranny, but I never really paid attention to Big Bopper's tranny.

Now, I have some questions: How can 2 ex-police cars of the same year & tranny type have different mounting positions? Is it because of the different engine types? Also, what kind of transmission does March Hare (Sarse & Scuttle's yellow pursuit car) have?

On a different note, does anyone know the font used for the word "INTERCEPTOR" on Max's car? I've seen some similar fonts used on replicas, but never the exact one.

Skid US

2007-04-02 21:11

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Delta Fox wrote For a time, the Ford Falcon was sold in the U.S. Why did they discontinue it there?


It's my understanding that the American Falcon and Australian Falcon were sold simultaneously (the American ones being imported for sale in Australia), however the American Falcon suffered from declining sales. Sales for the introductory year, 1960, were 435,671, whereas by 1967 sales had dropped to around 64,000. The compact Falcon was discontinued after 1969, and for 1970 it was moved up to a Torino variant (a stripped-down Torino, I believe, with a different grille), yet 1970 Falcon are extremely rare. There have been no Falcons in the U.S. since 1970.

After the Americna Falcon's discontinuation, Australia continued to produce their own version of the Falcon, which has been a constant success. Go figure.

-- Last edit: 2007-04-02 21:13:23

Skid US

2007-04-02 21:23

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Okay, I checked out Wikipedia: All Australian Falcons were in fact built in Australia starting in 1960, however they were built as carbon copies of the American Falcon. Australia started producing its own Falcons in 1964.

Q-Ball JP

2007-09-27 17:57

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Max isnt the only one with INTERCEPTOR on his car. Sarse and scuttle have it too. Roop and charlie are the only pursuit guys.

dieselpwr US

2008-02-28 21:54

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i want one

Roadrunner EN

2008-03-26 02:20

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Dieselpwr, there's still plenty XA and XB sedans available in Australia, even a few companies shipping them over to America.

fairyman AU

2008-04-12 15:13

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Delta Fox wrote Yeah, I noticed that Max's Interceptor had the floor-mounted auto tranny, but I never really paid attention to Big Bopper's tranny.

Now, I have some questions: How can 2 ex-police cars of the same year & tranny type have different mounting positions? Is it because of the different engine types? Also, what kind of transmission does March Hare (Sarse & Scuttle's yellow pursuit car) have?

On a different note, does anyone know the font used for the word "INTERCEPTOR" on Max's car? I've seen some similar fonts used on replicas, but never the exact one.

Big Bopper and March Hare both have bench seats and automatic column mounted trannies

-- Last edit: 2008-08-27 17:23:10

bubba z US

2009-03-03 20:06

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I know this is kind of an old thread. I'm assuming you are as a big a fan of Max as i am. Sarse and Scuttle's car is a flat six, so maybe those came with the column mounted shifter. One of the opening scenes shows their interceptor burning oil, but smoke only comes out of one tail pipe. This is because the other tailpipe is a mock up. Max and the Nightrider have the only V8s. I've never been able to figure out the difference between pursuit and interceptors, however, pursuit specials seem to be "unmarked" cars with only a small discreet MFP badge somewhere on the side, and inside-mounted police lights.

rjluna2 US

2009-03-03 20:46

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Sarse and Scuttle at /vehicle_131364-Ford-Falcon-XB-1974.html as described.

Nightrider at /vehicle_3174-Holden-Monaro-HQ-1972.html as described.

I think these vehicles titles were made up by Byron Kennedy and George Miller, I guess.

mycroft US

2010-01-06 01:30

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The difference between "Interceptor" and "Pursuit" is unclear to be sure. But both terms were used by automobile manufacturers as model designations. Ford has used "Interceptor" as an engine designation, and a police package name.

Just a theory of mine (as a fan of the movies)... the "Pursuit" units may be intended for exactly that. They follow the offending vehicle until it can be cornered from another direction by an "Interceptor" unit. Of course, this isn't what happens in the opening chase scene. Although Max comes into the chase in a way that fits my fan-boy theory, "March Hare" (marked Interceptor) starts the chase in PURSUIT of Nightrider. "Big Bopper" (marked Pursuit) arrives in the chase from a side road... making an INTERCEPTION manuver.

My theory is the "Pursuit Special" units were intened as unmanrked or low-visibility marking vehicles that could follow a target without being as easily noticed. (As Bubba-Z posted earlier).

All this was developed in a Role-Playing Game (as in "Dungeons and Dragons" type Role-Playing game) that I worked on for a while. I even added a few other theoretical designations including "Patrol" unit, "Patrol Special" unit, and "Interceptor Special".


-- Last edit: 2010-01-09 10:00:56

mycroft US

2010-01-29 06:57

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I occasionally write "INTERCEPTOR" in the dust across the trunklid of my P71.

Ishii-kun CA

2010-03-14 10:21

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I dont know why everyone thinks Max is the only interceptor. It is clearly shown in the opening chase there is another interceptor car.

It is also never said the pursuit special is a one off, however the one Max gets is specially made for him as a bribe to keep him on the force.

The rocket propulsion you see when Nightrider's pursuit special crashes was never intended to be noticeable, and is in fact only used to get the vehicle up to speed for the crash in the movie.

Also, Max's car was an old police car, but starse and scuttle's car is an old taxi, and as such, burned oil even before it was bought for the movie.

Max's car is supposed to be different from the rest of the fleet however as it can be surmised his boss gives him upgrades when he wants them as he is seen as one of the best on the force, and needs to be kept around, even if it means special treatment (like the pursuit special he is given)

also, on another slightly related note, Interceptors arnt always designed for specific "interception" maneuvers. The police department here has a marked interceptor unit, which is a Dodge Charger RT. It is made simply to be faster than the offenders car... thats how it "intercepts"

-- Last edit: 2010-03-14 10:21:45

mycroft US

2010-03-17 20:58

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My point was to discuss why a police force would put "INTERCEPTOR" and "PURSUIT" across the back of a vehicle in big bold letters.
And... yes. There are marked "Interceptor" vehicles in my area too. And these are often used as simple patrol vehicles.

I was looking at the terms from the standpoint of how military aircraft use them. Pursuit was the old term for fighter aircraft, a jack-of-all-trades vehicle. Interceptor aircraft are high-performance, low-endurance vehilces that are sent directly to an engagement to neutralize a threat. My theory was that the terms could be used this way.

rjluna2 US

2010-05-16 01:29

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Here is one at the Police office:
[Image: maxyellow_0_35_16.jpg]

One at the underground garage:
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maxman CA

2011-07-01 01:22

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bubba z wrote Max and the Nightrider have the only V8s.


The Big Bopper had the 302. Max's car had the 351 Cleavland.

Snookie US

2011-12-12 05:12

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"Mad Max" Main Force Patrol Interceptor #508, 1974 Ford Falcon XB (Pencil, Ink, Marker, and Color Pencil on Paper)

Moester AU

2012-08-18 04:25

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Love the sound of this XB idling when it pulls to a stop, when the brakes squeak.
Very nice XB.

mondoc AU

2012-09-11 06:16

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The words "interceptor and "pursuit" were on the marked cars purely to make them look like police issue cars,although we never had paintwork and decals like that ,we did have bright yellow fords and holdens here in victoria,australia,some with day glo markings.
The names"interceptor and "pursuit" are nothing more than ficticious names,down under we used to use the interceptor as a description of some police cars,as we now use highway patrol,the reference is only used with interceptor on older cars,such as the holden VL/VN commodores and some older ford models XC-XE.
If you look closely you will see in the scences that this movie is filmed end to beginning,the night riders car is in the garage along with two of the yellow cars when max first sees the black car(look in the background),lots on weird things in this movie

-- Last edit: 2012-09-11 06:21:33

Nightrider RU

2013-06-12 09:22

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rjluna2 US

2013-06-12 13:49

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Fortunately, this didn't do much damage except the front bonnet dent when the production ended where character Max got out of the car witnessing Monaro's destruction.

rjluna2 US

2013-06-12 13:52

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Nightrider wrote [Image: 1041107710791091108410851099108110521072108210891979bdrip1080p10861090nolimits-team11-20-25.jpg]

I believe this is GT model :think:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Falcon_GT
Link to "en.wikipedia.org"

Nightrider RU

2013-06-12 14:39

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This is a strange one. I don't think, that police would purchase top-of-the-line GT model, but it clearly had the GS appearance pack.

rjluna2 US

2013-06-12 15:56

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I am not certain, Nightrider [:spamafote]

That explains why they didn't destroyed this one. :think: Fate to this specimen is unknown.

-- Last edit: 2013-06-12 15:56:24

Nightrider RU

2013-06-12 16:32

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On other hand, it's possible, that police ordered some cars with high-performance items without much of luxury trim.

rjluna2 US

2013-06-12 19:03

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It is only a movie, Nightrider ;)

Nightrider RU

2013-06-12 20:06

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No , it's not. It was stated, that both Big Bopper and this one was former police vehicles.)

rjluna2 US

2013-06-12 21:24

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Here is more information for this subject vehicle at Max's Yellow Interceptor (4 Door XB Sedan).

Nightrider RU

2013-06-12 21:28

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And few more...
http://www.madmaxinterceptor.com/html/photo_gallery.html

rjluna2 US

2013-06-12 21:31

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But, Nightrider. The thumbnail I showed to you has the 'GT' badge at the grille whereas the GS package doesn't have it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ford_Falcon_XB_GS_Sedan.jpg :think:

Nightrider RU

2013-06-12 21:44

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But GT badge is red, badge on Interceptor looks gray and somewhat smaller. Too bad, that I'm not able to put my hands on movie right now, frame when Max leaving the car should get a better look on it.
Also, I think that it have standart steering wheel, not GT 3-spoke.

Nightrider RU

2013-06-16 08:57

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Ok. here it goes.
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Nightrider RU

2013-06-16 09:22

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Well, judging by Link to "www.oldcarbrochures.org"
there was following trim levels:
Falcon 500 - plain basic trim
Fairmont - upscale version
Futura - probably, something lesser than Fairmont, as it came stock with manual.
GT - top of the line high-perfomance model.
And plus GS option pack, which, as I can get, didn't affect interior trim (upholstery and door panels.)
There is not much of doors visible, but it looks like Falcon 500 panels.
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Is it rear disc brakes?
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-- Last edit: 2013-06-16 09:36:52

rjluna2 US

2013-06-16 21:26

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It could be mongrel :think:

Nightrider wrote Ok. here it goes.
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This is the last take and print for this production :)

Nightrider RU

2013-06-16 21:33

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Link to "www.flickr.com"

BTW, squad cars with livery like this make me think, that MM made really deep impact.)
Link to "www.flickr.com"

jpts AU

2015-05-22 09:09

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Delta Fox wrote Ignore the previous comment. I found that it was 508. Big Bopper's (Roop & Charlie's car) number is 08. Now, if only I could find March Hare's (Sarse & Scuttle's car) number.


Sarse and Scuttle's car callsign March Hare's roof number was 10.

-- Last edit: 2015-05-27 12:28:46

Keats AU

2017-06-22 03:45

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Nightrider wrote But GT badge is red, badge on Interceptor looks gray and somewhat smaller


It's the standard "Falcon" badge fitted to the XB range:

[Image: xb_falcon4.jpg]

-- Last edit: 2017-06-22 03:46:15

rjluna2 US

2017-06-22 13:32

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I see what you mean, Keats :)

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