The Ford Falcon RTV Ute was designed for work and play
Utes are all about work and play these days. Look at the Mercedes-Benz X-Class for instance – granted, some of those are only about posing. But the whole idea of a ute that’s able to conquer the work site from Monday to Friday and the path to your favourite camp site on the weekends is highly desirable here in Australia, and car makers are fighting for you dollars with a ute that best fits your lifestyle.
Traditionally, these do-all utes have only really popped up in the last five years or so and have only been from foreign manufacturers. However, Ford Australia may have been ahead of its time, with its offering the Ford Falcon RTV ute.
RTV stood for Rough Terrain Vehicle and that meant that your Falcon RTV had a locking rear diff, a raised ride height and puffed out wheel guards to distinguish it from other models in the range. Obviously it wasn’t a proper 4×4, but apparently it was enough to get most people out of most sticky situations.
Falcon RTV production ran from 2003 to 2008, and customers had the choice of tray or tub, 4.0 litre six, dedicated gas or 5.4 litre V8 mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. Unlike it’s modern successors, though, the Falcon RTV was only available in a single cab, but you could order it with three seats across and a column shift auto.