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Encyclopedia > Ford Falcon (North America)
Ford Falcon
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 1960-1970
Successor Ford Maverick
Class Compact
Engine(s) 144 in³ Thriftpower Six
170 in³ Thriftpower Six
260 in³ Windsor V8
289 in³ Windsor V8

The Ford Falcon was an automobile produced by Ford Motor Company from 1960 through 1970. It was manufactured in the USA, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Mexico and Chile. It was a huge sales success for Ford initially, handily outselling rival compacts from Chrysler and General Motors introduced at the same time. During its lifespan, the Falcon was offered in a wide range of body styles: two-door and four-door sedans, two and four door station wagons, two door hardtops, convertibles, and a sedan delivery and the Ranchero pickup. For several years, the Falcon name was also used on passenger versions of the Ford Econoline van. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 488 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 625 pixel, file size: 213 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Automakers, also known as carmakers, automobile manufacturers, motor manufacturers, or the automobile industry are companies that design and manufacture automobiles. ... Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker after Toyota and General Motors, based on worldwide vehicle sales. ... Ford has used the Maverick name on four completely different automobiles in the last three decades. ... It has been suggested that Vehicle size class be merged into this article or section. ... The Rambler American introduced in the late 1950s was an early compact car. ... Fords first straight-6 engine was introduced in 1906 in the Model K. Production ended in 1907. ... Fords first straight-6 engine was introduced in 1906 in the Model K. Production ended in 1907. ... The Windsor engine is a 90-degree small-block V8 from Ford Motor Company. ... The Windsor engine is a 90-degree small-block V8 from Ford Motor Company. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Ford Falcon is a car nameplate seen around the world. ... Karl Benzs Velo (vélo means bicycle in French) model (1894) - entered into the first automobile race 2005 MINI Cooper S. An automobile (also motor car or simply car) is a wheeled passenger vehicle that carries its own motor. ... Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker after Toyota and General Motors, based on worldwide vehicle sales. ... The Ford E-Series, also known as the Econoline, is a line of full-size vans and truck chassis from Ford Motor Company. ...

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History

Historically, the "Big Three" auto manufacturers (GM, Ford and Chrysler), focused purely on the larger and more profitable vehicles in the US and Canadian markets. Towards the end of the 1950s, all three manufacturers realised that that former strategy would no longer work. Large automobiles were becoming increasingly expensive thanks to wage inflation, making smaller European cars such as Volvos and Volkswagens increasingly attractive. Furthermore, many American families were now in the market for a second car, and market research showed that women especially thought that the full-size car had grown too large and cumbersome. At the same time, that research showed that many buyers would prefer to buy US or Canadian if the domestic manufacturers offered a smaller, cheaper car. Thus, all three introduced compact cars: the Valiant from Chrysler (becoming the Plymouth Valiant in 1961), the rear-engined Chevrolet Corvair, and the Ford Falcon. Competition also came from smaller Studebaker, with the Lark, and AMC with its Rambler. General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is an American automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab and Vauxhall. ... Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker after Toyota and General Motors, based on worldwide vehicle sales. ... The Chrysler Corporation was a United States-based automobile manufacturer that existed independently from 1925–1998. ... Volvo Cars, or Volvo Personvagnar, is a swedish automobile maker founded in 1927 in the city of Gothenburg in Sweden. ... Volkswagen AG (ISIN: DE0007664005), or VW, is an automobile manufacturer based in Wolfsburg, Germany. ... The Rambler American introduced in the late 1950s was an early compact car. ... The Plymouth Valiant was an automobile manufactured by the Plymouth division of Chrysler Corporation in the United States from 1960 to 1976. ... Corvair convertible The Chevrolet Corvair was an automobile produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors from 1960 to 1969. ... Studebakers Lazy S logo, designed by Raymond Loewy, was used from the 1950s until 1966 Studebaker Corporation, or simply Studebaker, was a United States wagon and automobile manufacturer based in South Bend, Indiana. ... 1960 Studebaker Lark convertible was advertised extensivly; the airborne womens handkerchiefs mimicked the cars stylized lark in flight insignia. ... The original Rambler was an automobile produced of the Thomas B. Jeffery Company then by its successor, Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and finally, by its successor, American Motors Corporation (all in Kenosha, Wisconsin). ...

First Generation
Production 1960-1963

By American standards of the 1960s the Falcon was a small car, but elsewhere it would be considered a mid-size car. It was powered by a small, lightweight 90 hp (67 kW), 144 in³ (2.4 L) straight-6 with a single-barrel carburetor. Construction was unibody, and suspension was fairly standard; coil springs in front, leaf springs in the rear. There was room for six passengers in reasonable comfort in the simple interior. Body styles available at launch were two and four-door sedans, two or four-door station wagons, and the Ford Ranchero car-based pickup, transferred onto the Falcon platform for 1960. A Mercury derivative, the Mercury Comet, originally intended for the defunct Edsel marque, was launched in the US midway through the 1960 model year. 1963 Ford Falcon Futura Convertible. ... The straight-6 (also inline 6, I-6, or I6) is an internal combustion engine with six cylinders aligned in a single row. ... Bendix-Technico (Stromberg) 1-barrel downdraft carburetor model BXUV-3, with nomenclature The carburetor, carburettor, or carburetter (see spelling differences), also called carb (in North America) or carbie (chiefly in Australia) for short, is a device that blends air and fuel for an internal combustion engine. ... Monocoque (French for single shell) or unibody is a construction technique that uses the external skin of an object to support some or most of the load on the structure. ... A compression coil spring A tension coil spring A selection of conical coil springs A Coil spring, also known as a helical spring, is a mechanical device, which is typically used to store energy and subsequently release it, to absorb shock, or to maintain a force between contacting surfaces. ... A traditional leaf spring arrangement. ... A Toyota Camry, a recognizable sedan The Ford Five Hundred, a full-sized sedan The 3-box design, indicative of a notchback sedan, as illustrated on a full-size luxury sedan. ... Estate car body style (Saab 95) A station wagon (United States usage), wagon (Australian usage, though station wagon is widely used) or estate car (United Kingdom usage) is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area. ... The Ford Ranchero was a car/pickup truck combination vehicle produced between 1957 and 1979 based on full-size, compact and intermediate automobiles by the Ford Motor Company for the North American market. ... 1960 promotional art used in Comet advertising The Mercury Comet was an automobile produced by the Mercury division of the Ford Motor Company between 1960 and 1977. ... The Edsel was a make of automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company during the 1958, 1959, and 1960 model years. ...

The 1960 Frontenac, which was essentially a rebadged Falcon for the Canadian market.

In 1960, Ford's Canadian subsidiary introduced the Falcon-based Frontenac. It was designed to give Mercury-Meteor dealers a smaller model to sell since the Comet was originally intended as an Edsel, which was sold by Ford-Monarch dealers. Produced for the 1960 model year only, the Frontenac was essentially a re-badged 1960 Falcon with its own unique grille, tail lights and external trim including red maple leaf insignias. Despite strong sales (5% of Ford's total Canadian output) the Frontenac was discontinued and replaced by the Mercury Comet for 1961. Image File history File links 1960 Frontenac advertisement from Ford Canada File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links 1960 Frontenac advertisement from Ford Canada File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited is the manufacturing and sales arm of Ford Motor Company for Canada. ... Two separate automobile manufacturers have produced cars under the Frontenac name brand. ... Mercury is an automobile brand name of the Ford Motor Company founded in 1939 to market semi-luxury cars slotted between entry-level Ford and luxury Lincoln models. ... Meteor was a brand of automobiles offered for sale by Ford in Canada from the 1949 to the 1976 model years. ... 1960 promotional art used in Comet advertising The Mercury Comet was an automobile produced by the Mercury division of the Ford Motor Company between 1960 and 1977. ...


Robert McNamara, a Ford executive who became Ford's president briefly before being offered the job of U.S. Defense Secretary, is regarded by many as "the father of the Falcon". McNamara left Ford shortly after the Falcon's introduction, but his faith in the concept was vindicated with record sales; over half a million in the first year and hitting over a million sold by the end of the second year. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The United States Secretary of Defense is the head of the United States Department of Defense (DoD), concerned with the armed services and The role of the Secretary of Defense is to be the principal defense policy advisor to the President and is responsible for the formulation of general defense...


The 1961 model year introduced an optional 101 hp, 170 in³ (2.8 L) six, and two new models were introduced; a bucket-seat sedan model with a higher trim level called the Futura, and a sedan delivery. A Sedan delivery (commonly called a delivery) is a windowless cargo van built on a car chassis, mainly based on the station-wagon offered mainly in the USA and Canada until the late 1950s. ...


1962 saw a Squire model of the station wagon, with fake wood trim on the sides. Also new that year, the "Futura" option was offered with in slightly upgraded interior, different fender trim (spears), and a handful of different emblems. Halfway through the model year, they changed the roof line at the back window to more of a Thunderbird design. The Ford Thunderbird is a car manufactured in the United States by the Ford Motor Company. ...



In 1963 even more models were available; there was now a 4-door Futura, a Deluxe wagon and Ranchero, convertibles were introduced, and the new "Sprint" model was introduced. Halfway through the model year, a 260 in³ (4.3 L) V8 engine was offered for the first time. The Falcon was climbing in trim level from its budget beginnings as Ford attempted to wring more profit from the line. The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ...

Second Generation
Production 1964-1965
1964 Ford Falcon

A redesign changed the Falcon's looks for 1964. The new look was more squared-off, more modern, as Ford chased the youth market. Later in 1964, Ford's new offering for that market was launched: the Ford Mustang, based heavily on the Falcon's frame design but with no compromises about its youthful, fun intention. The Mustang dealt Falcon sales in North America a blow from which they would never recover. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1074x867, 190 KB) 1964 Ford Falcon Source: Photographed at the Bay State Antique Automobile Clubs July 10, 2005 show at the Endicott Estate in Dedham, MA by User:Sfoskett File links The following pages link to this file: Ford Falcon... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1074x867, 190 KB) 1964 Ford Falcon Source: Photographed at the Bay State Antique Automobile Clubs July 10, 2005 show at the Endicott Estate in Dedham, MA by User:Sfoskett File links The following pages link to this file: Ford Falcon... The Ford Mustang is an automobile produced by the Ford Motor Company, originally based on the Ford Falcon compact. ...

Third Generation
Production 1966-1970

The Falcon received another redesign for 1966, with a long-hood/short-deck look much in the Mustang vein. The two-door hardtop and convertible were dropped, while the station wagon and Ranchero were moved to a larger platform shared with the contemporary Fairlane. The Ranchero would leave the Falcon line and adopt the Fairlane's front sheetmetal for 1967. 1966 Ford Falcon 2-door sports coupe. ...

1969 Falcon station wagon

The final model year for the Falcon in North America was 1970. Continuing sales declines and the inability of the car to meet forthcoming safety standards resulted in a short run of 1970 models identical to the 1969 version being built through the end of December, 1969. On January 1, 1970, the Falcon name was transferred to a low-line version of the contemporary Ford Fairlane/Torino. This "1970 1/2" Falcon was available as a two door sedan only, despite the fact that the 2-door "real" Falcon's replacement, the Maverick coupe, had already appeared in January 1969, but the 4-door Maverick sedan would not be available until the 1971 new-model launch in fall of '70. While the number of luxury and convenience options available was limited, the car was available with the full range of Fairlane/Torino powertrains. Side view, 1969 Ford Falcon station wagon. ... Side view, 1969 Ford Falcon station wagon. ...


2008

The Ford Falcon 2008 model soon to be released in Australia has been said to be easy to convert to left-hand drive so that it may be exported to other countries. This has produced thoughts that the Falcon may make a 'comeback' to the USA.


Ford Falcons in popular culture

  • A 1963 Ford Falcon is driven by the character Peyton on the WB drama series One Tree Hill
Ford Falcon van

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Robert McNamara, a Ford executive who became Ford's president briefly before being offered the job of U.S. Defense Secretary, is regarded by many as "the father of the Falcon".
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The final model year for the Falcon in North America was 1970.
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