Ford produced the Falcon from model years 1960 through 1970 in three distinct generations: 1960-1963, 1964-1965, and 1966-1970 (savvy readers may be quick to point out the ’70 1/2 model, but for us that was just a rebadged Torino doesn’t really count!) In the late fifties, two trends in the U.S. emerged. First, the post-World War II prosperity saw an increase female drivers; consequently, many households could now afford a second car, provided its was inexpensive and economical. Second, the U.S. recession of the late 1950s had some consumers longing for a small car rather than the typical full-size offerings the “Big Three” historically focused on. Ford’s market research confirmed these emerging trends and the company launched its new Falcon line in the fall of 1959. All of the domestic manufacturers came to the same conclusion and launched their own line of compacts cars in the early 1960s.
Early Falcons relied on a small 144 cu in Mileage Maker straight-six that produced 95hp using a single barrel carburetor. Relying on modern unibody construction, the suspension was simple a scaled-down version of front coil springs and a solid axle mounted on leaf springs in the rear. While a three-speed manual column shift came standard, Ford offered a two-speed Ford-O-Matic as an option. Despite being smaller than full-size cars of the time, Falcons offered room for six passengers in reasonable comfort with its nondescript interior. Boasting about the Falcon’s 31.5 mpg fuel economy, the car was a huge sales success during its first two years of production, with one-and-a-half million sold during that time frame.
The Rangoon Red over Red-and-White two-tone example presented here appears to be a very solid example in running condition. The anodized aluminum trim behind the rear wheels, fender spears, and the two-tone interior indicate to us that this is a Deluxe model, hopefully with the larger 170 cu in straight-six.