The 1960 Ford Falcon was the initial winner in the import-fighters category, pitted against American-made compacts from Chevy, Chrysler Corp., Rambler, and Studebaker. It may not have done the desired damage to the German Volkswagen brand, but it certainly beat the domestic competition hands down. A pretty simple design, the small Ford was an immediate hit with families on a budget, families looking for an affordable second car, and… well, families! My Dad bought one for my Mother for her birthday, trading-in the ’53 Chevy Bel Air hardtop which I’d grown up with. The Falcon name would live on as Ford’s main compact until model year 1970, the same year Ford’s Maverick pretty much pushed it out the door. But wait! Ford brought the Falcon name back one more time for the North American market a few months later, slapping it onto a low-budget Torino-based two-door post coupe (a body style not available as an actual Torino) as well as a four-door sedan and station wagon. It was christened the 1970-1/2 Falcon(bottom of page). We found today’s RealRide last month in Cheektowaga.