In the end, I made a "mufti cop car" out of it. My first real go out a "theme" and customisation I guess. It had "fake" blue and red lights inside the front and rear windows, big police scanner on the dash with CB radio all very visible from outside the car, extra antennas, black steel rims, etc. Was fun! I used to park on the highway and follow people around for kicks hahaha. I was just driving so nothing illegal, but the people in the cars would still triple check their mirrors and drive like I were a cop. Good harmless fun!
2003 BA Ford Falcon XR8 - My second Falcon. This was a fun hoon car. Simple, big and heavy with a 5.0L V8 and 4-Speed automatic. Your typical 4-door Australian built Coon. My Dad also owned one at the time. He had a 2004 version with a "Shaker" (no, not a Mopar one) sticking out through the hood. Back then, when these were fairly new, his one got a fair bit of attention. When I used to go out drinking and Dad would drop me and my mates off at the pub, etc, they'd always ask him to "Floor it Jimmy!" when taking off, he never let them down haha!
Although I'd never buy another XR8 saloon, I would contemplate getting a Falcon Ute. Why? Utes are f#%ken cool!! It's a down under thing. A man thing I guess. Holdens are nice too but given I have a little history with Fords and never owned a Holden, that's the only reason I'd stick to a Falcon. Ford and Holden fans understand. Plus, sadly, Holden is no more. Having said that, I'd probably just buy another Dodge Ram if I want a Ute/pick up. Nothing came close to the Batram for utes. Made even the "baddest" of HSV Maloos look tame.
2002 Ford Falcon T3 TS50 - The last Ford I ever purchased, no reason behind it, just the way my path took me. This car was a special edition Falcon with a beautiful sounding hand built stroked Windsor engine. Mine was build # 51. It had a 5.6L V8 with a T56 5-Speed manual box. The car produced 250kw and 500nm of torque and from the styling cues, large rear wing and drivetrain, it was fairly obvious that the designers were inspired from the V8 Super Car series. It had around 25,000km on the clock when I purchased it.
Mine was liquid Silver in colour with a black leather interior, it had a premium sound system and Brembo brakes. I had the bulge hood fitted to give the "slopey" or "narrow" pinched front end a more aggressive "Squarer" look. It was 1 of 7 Manuals sold new in New Zealand (all colours) and the engine cover was signed by: Jamie Whincup, John Bowe & Craig Lowndes in 2006. A very cool car and the best sounding of the 3 Fords I owned, followed closely by the good ole AUIII.