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1962 Ford Falcon

The first-generation Ford Falcon, introduced in the fall of 1959 for the 1960 model year, has many claims to fame, including being one of the highest selling new cars in history – until the Mustang came out 4½ years later. While the Falcon certainly was not the first modern American “compact car,” it was Ford's first American compact.

Ford knew that the new “compact” car had to be much cheaper to build than the “normal” sized cars, so they minimized the weight of the car by engineering a new unit-construction body and a short-stroke inline six of only 144 cubic inches. The engine weighed so little that a healthy man could actually lift it, yet it produced 90 horsepower, more than twice that of the Volkswagen of the day.

The public loved the Falcon, partly because the interior was purposely designed to be as expansive as a full sized, “normal” Ford family car. In addition, because the car was so inexpensive to produce, the interior trim could be just a tad nicer than what GM put in their competitor, the Corvair.

Ford improved the Falcon for 1961 with the addition of a slightly longer stroke, 170 cubic-inch six that produced 101 horsepower; the 144 inch engine was more honestly rated at 85 horsepower. More importantly, torque capabilities were improved with the slightly larger engine. A sportier Futura trim line was also introduced, and Falcon sales continued to do far better than the Corvair for a second near-record year.

This 1962 model is a nice, straight Arizona car. All suspension parts have been replaced. Installed shoulder and lap belts in front and lap belts rear. New brakes, tires, windows, upholstery, carpeting and much much more. Pictures don't do the paint job justice, which cost $4,000 less than a year ago and the undercarriage of the car is just as clean.

Sure, this is a 6 cylinder car, but it runs perfectly and is a great way to get in to the classic car hobby – either as a tinkerer who can proudly display this car at local car shows and meet-ups or as a young person who wants something reliable, retro, and affordable.

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
170 Inline 6
Fuel Specification

Body

Body Color
Blue Metallic
Body Style
Hardtop
Doors
2
Paint Type

Basic

Year
1962
Make
Ford
Model
Falcon
Miles
2,364

Interior

Interior Color
Black & Silver
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console
No
Engine Size
170 Inline 6
Transmission Type
2 Speed Automatic
Body Style
Hardtop
Miles
2,364
Vin
2R11U156123
Stock
P0055

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