The Ford Fairlane V8 boasts an impressive braked towing capacity of 2,300 kg. Holden Statesman models produced from 1994 onwards could achieve only slightly less than that, with a braked towing capacity of 2,100 kg.
The 4.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine in a 2003 Ford Fairlane Ghia generates 182kW at 5,000rpm. By comparison, a 2002 Holden Statesman V8 delivers 225kW of power.
Given the age range of the model line-up, there is an equally wide disparity in what you'll pay. For example, a 2000 model Ford Fairlane costs from $1,200, while a 'collector's item', immaculate 1966 model, can go for anywhere from $16,450 on Gumtree.
A 1999 Ford Fairlane Ghia can theoretically hit 215 km/h, with a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 8.1 seconds. In comparison, its rival the Toyota Aurion.