Many people consider the Ford Falcon to be among the most popular muscle cars in American History. Why? The Falcon not only enjoyed huge success upon its release, but it also gave owners and car enthusiasts something to be proud of and to talk about for generations to come. Though this particular model was produced between 1960-1970, the word Falcon was originally used for a 1935 model that Edsel Ford had designed. The name and design didn’t last, and it eventually morphed into the Mercury instead.
As demand grew for smaller cars, especially among women, Ford and its competitors introduced compact cars. Of course, these were still much larger than today’s version of a compact car. When the Falcon debuted in 1960, it had a 109.5 inch wheelbase and weighed in at around one ton. The engine was a 2.4 liter V-6 and produced 90 horsepower at 4200 rpm. Available models included the 4-door and 2-door sedan, and 2 and 4-door station wagons. Each had either a 3-speed manual transmission or a 2-speed automatic transmission. Almost a half million of these models were produced in the first production year.
A few redesigns later, the Falcon began to suffer a similar fate as many other vehicles of the time: falling sales contributed to the line’s discontinuation, but an added problem made it inevitable that the model would be no more: the car simply could not meet the new safety standards. The model was effectively kaput, and production ended in 1970, but it was later incorporated into the design of the Ford Fairlane.