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1961 Falcon 4 Door
The Ford Falcon was built by the Ford motor company from 1960 through 1970. During these years, the Falcon was offered in many shapes and sizes to include two and four door sedans , two and four door station wagons, two door hardtops, convertibles, sedan deliveries and Rancheros. The original Mustang actually evolved from the development of the Falcon. Many of the design elements and chassis pieces were actually Falcon parts used to build the original 1964 ½ Mustang. It was Lee Iacocca's idea to develop a new car based on the Falcon chassis. In other words, if there was not a Falcon, the Mustang would have not been created.
The initial Ford Falcon platform was designed to provide the family with enough room to store the groceries and the kids, roomy enough to seat six, but still maintaining the fuel economy and savings that were being sought after the gas guzzling beauties of the fifties. As the recession weakened the us economy, the Falcon was a welcome sight to the many of the car buyers of the early sixties. The first Falcon models offered very basic features with standard trim options and limited color availability, and fitted with the 144 cubic inch six cylinder engines with 3 speed manual and 2 speed automatic transmissions.
The new Falcon was an immediate sales success, and reached over one million total units sold by 1962. Out of the sales and interest, the Falcon was offered in several new models to include the Falcon Futura and Sprint. The Futura model was released in 1961 and featured attractive exterior ornamentation and new deluxe interior trim with bucket seats and floor console. Standard equipment was the 144 six cylinder engine, capable of "32.68 miles per gallon" in Ford testing. The new 170 special six cylinder was an upgraded six with more horsepower, available as an option for the Falcon in 1961.
1963 Falcon Sprint hardtop
In 1963 Ford released two major improvements to the Falcon. Now available from the factory, was the new 260 V-8 engine. Also added was the Falcon convertible available in both Sprint and Futura models. The Sprint came box stock with 260 v-8 engine, bucket seats, 6000 rpm tachometer as well as deluxe interior trim package and exterior molding. The Sprint could be ordered with a factory 4 speed on the floor.
1964 Falcon Sprint convertible
1965 Falcon Futura 2 door hardtop
The popularity of the Falcon body style continued and Ford introduced a new finned body design for 1964 and continued this style through 1965 on both the Falcon and the Rancheros. This new style was a aggressive change from the previous rounded lines of the earlier Falcons, but also proved to be equally successful with the public. One significant change was the change to the 289 V8 engine in 1965 which was offered for the first time in the Falcon.
The 1966 Falcon changed the body lines again with new shape and larger size. Now more of a mid size, these cars were practical and offered more of the Fairlane size frame. The production and sales on these were solid with a total of 182,669 Falcons produced in 1966. The Falcon was still available as a Futura model and now offered a new "sports coupe" model. The 1967 Falcon was very similar to the previous year with the addition of a 225 horse 289 v-8 engine. The volume on this year shrunk by approximately 65 percent. The 1968/1969 Falcons again changed only slightly and sales nearly doubled from the previous year to 131, 419. In 1970, the Falcon name was used on the Torino body frame and was called the "1970 ½ Falcon" which would become the final year of production for the Falcon name.
The Falcon has always been closely associated with the Mustang, although very unique. There are many similarities to the Mustang, but these cars definitely hold their own in terms of features, design, and new product development. Over the years these classic Fords have increased in popularity and are now sought after by Ford enthusiasts for many reasons. The uniqueness of these many styles and models and their history make these a car to have.
This is only a short summary of the Ford Falcon provided for a general overview. Volumes could be written on the Ford Falcon.
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