Fairlane Falcon: 1966 Ford Falcon Station Wagon – Sold!
For 1966, Ford moved the Falcon Ranchero and Station Wagon body styles to the larger Fairlane mid-size platform with trim and names being the only difference as is the case with this example posted yesterday on Craigslist in Ransomville, New York (near Niagara Falls) the private seller is getting hoping to get $5,500 for. A quick check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller is asking $900 less than the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $6,400.
While a sales success in the early sixties, by 1965 Ford’s Falcon line started to see cannibalization from the wildly popular Mustang on the two-door models and from the mid-size Fairlane on the four-door and wagon models. So for 1966, Ford tried to adapt the Mustang’s long hood, short deck proportions on the Falcon coupes and sedans while outright shifting the station wagon and Ranchero body styles to the Fairlane chassis in a blatant cost-cutting move. Consequently, Falcon sales across all body styles continued to slide.
We love the Falcon is a claimed 289 cubic inch V8 powered, rust-free driver at a very fair price the current caretaker is not afraid to drive cross-country. We would be tempted to simply replace the headliner, add a set of period-correct 16″ Torq-Thrust wheels, clear coat the great distinctive patina, and have fun from there. Whatever you decide to do with it, good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“This car is from south western Indiana. It is all steel. No Rot, No Holes. It appears to have been well maintained. It has a 289 in it that some where along the way has been over hauled. Maybe 40 or 50 thousand on it. No leaks or use of oil, runs great. Transmission seams to drive like it should. Newer gas tank, rear shocks, front brakes and hardware kits, drums are nice. All trim, door handles, moldings, and emblems have no pitting. Interior is nice could use headliner. This car would make a good restoration. It is all there. or drive it like it is. The car is inspected, I am driving it. I would not be afraid to drive it across the country. Please call I will not answer txt or Email. If no answer I will call back ASAP Thank you . It also has new tires .“
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