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On this day September 2, 1959 in the first nationwide closed circuit television news conference, Ford Motor Company introduced the Ford Falcon. During the years 1960- 1970 theFalcon was offered in two door hardtops and convertibles also in two and four door sedans, sedan deliveries, station wagons and Rancheros.  The first 1964 ½ Mustang was put together with some parts straight from the Falcon, in fact the Mustang chassis was based on the Falcon chassis.  The Falcon was envisioned as an economy family car, compact but roomy enough to seat six, it offered basic features and was fitted with a 144 cubic inch six cylinder engine with a 3 speed manual or 2 speed automati transmission.  1964-ford-falcon-convertable.jpgThe Falcon was an immediate success and sold over one million cars by 1962, which inspired several new models like the Futura and Sprint.  In 1963 two major improvements were available from the factory, the 260 V-8 engine also the convertible in both Sprint and Futura models. The Sprint came stock with the 260 v-8 engine, bucket seats, and an interior and exterior trim package, you could also order a 4 on the floor straight from the factory.  Ford introduced a new finned body style for 1964 and in 1965 the 289 V8 engine sure didn’t hurt sales.  In 1966 the Falcon grew to a Fairlane size frame and the body design changed again, the Futura now offered a new “sports coupe” model and sales produced 182,669 Falcons that year.  The 1967 Falcon saw sales drop almost in half, even with the addition of a 225 horse 289 v-8 engine.  In 1968 and 1969 the Falcon changed very little but saw sales nearly doubled from the previous year to 131, 419.  The “1970 ½ Falcon” was born as Ford put the Falcon name on the Torino body frame, that would be the final year of production for the Falcon name.  The Falcon has many similarities with the Mustang, although the features, design, and new product development have all made the Falcon very unique over the years.  This uniqueness has only  increased the popularity from Ford enthusiasts and has made the Falcon a very sought after car of history.

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