Random # 113: XL Falcon Sedan

Tasmania's capital city of Hobart, situated in the south of the island, has two main restaurant / cafe precincts.  Elizabeth Street, in North Hobart, is home to a number of pubs, cafes and restaurants offering everything from beer 'n' burgers and counter meals, great coffee, and classic egg and bacon breakfasts, through to highly innovative all-day dining experiences, plus Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Italian / Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines.  There's even a fully vegetarian option or, if you're in the mood for some fabulous fresh Tasmanian seafood, a couple of excellent fish and chipperies.  

Salamanca Place, adjacent to Hobart's working port, is home to thriving arts and scientific communities, thanks to the many galleries and theatres housed there, plus the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the CSIRO's research facility that are both situated on the waterfront.  It is also a vibrant entertainment strip with a large number of pubs, cafes, restaurants and night clubs, many of which remain open well into wee small hours.   

Locals and visitors alike gravitate to Salamanca at weekends, with tables outside the historic sandstone buildings that house the majority of the area's cafes, restaurants and galleries being particularly popular.  The throngs of passers-by and - in some cases, their cars - add colour and vibrancy to the already beautiful scene.       

This lovely circa 1962 Ford XL Falcon sedan, photographed one sunny Sunday autumn afternoon in the heart of Salamanca, was certainly adding its measure of style to the already humming atmosphere.  Its glossy paint, shiny chrome and straight panels attracted plenty of attention from older and younger fans, many of whom spent some time admiring it up close.     

According to its proud owner, the car came from Deloraine, in the state's north, where it had been languishing in a shed since 1985.  The engine was in the boot when he obtained the car, which he restored with his father over the last three years.  The duco is original and only required a good polish to bring it up to the condition in which it its today and the interior's as it was, too.  A classic barn-find indeed! 

If you enjoyed this post, or like early Ford Falcons, please also see http://uppermiddlepetrolhead.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/random-110-xm-falcon-sedan.html.  It features an immaculate XM Falcon sedan (the model after the XL depicted in this post) photographed in Elizabeth Street, North Hobart.  



All iPhone images.

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