Results for: Ford Falcon

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Comet

Rambler and Studebaker compacts had been around since the late 1950s, but for model year 1960 the Big Three entered the foray with the Chevy Corvair, Ford Falcon, and Chrysler Corporation’s Valiant. Ford’s Lincoln-Mercury Division might have arguably introduced what could be called the first senior compactpartway through the model year with the debut of the 1960 Comet(which wouldn&rsqu

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Barracuda

Regular readers of this space have undoubtedly heard the story of what I consider my first realcar (yes, it’s a l-o-n-gstory), which was similar in body style to this 1968 Plymouth Formula S Barracuda, but was a ’67 in Bright Blue Poly with a matching interior (and it wasn’t a Formula S). The Barracuda was based on the compact Valiant (much like the Ford Mustang was based on the

RealRides of WNY - 1980 El Camino

Saw this pretty well-preserved 1980 Chevy El Caminolast summer in the parking lot of a swap meet in Dunkirk. I could never understand why this body style faded from popularity here in North America. The modern-era car/truck was begun by Ford for MY 1957, and followed by Chevy for 1959. In Australia, the ute, as it’s known Down Under, was still popular well into the twenty-teens, with version

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Montego MX

Charting a family tree for this 1969 Mercury Montego MXshows that its roots go back to the 1960 Comet, which we all know was originally supposed to be an Edsel compact. The Comet (sans the Mercury moniker for the first two model years) was built on a slightly stretched Ford Falcon platform. That platform was stretched a bit more for 1962, producing the midsized Ford Fairlane and Mercury Meteor. Th

RealRides of WNY - 1959 El Camino

Ford didn’t sell a ton of Rancheros in 1957-58, but that didn’t mean their biggest rival didn’t want in on the action. It took a while, but two years later the 1959 Chevy El Caminofinally brought the Bow-Tie manufacturer into the battle of Hispanically named car-trucks. In one ad, Chevy told us it was “…the handsomest thing that ever happened to hauling… combi

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Ford Ranchero

Day 3 of Compacts Week…As this 1963 Ford Rancheropoints out, not all early American compacts were sedans or station wagons. Or hardtops or convertibles, for that matter. The Ranchero was Ford’s car/pickup hybrid, introduced for 1957 and moved over to the Falcon platform when the compact debuted for model year 1960. When the ’57 made its first appearance, Chevy wasn’t able

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Corvair

Day 1 of Compacts Week…In the waning days of the Eisenhower administration, America’s Big Three manufacturers (GM, Ford, and Chrysler) all introduced compact-sized cars to combat the onslaught of foreign cars (which by the late 1950s had really caught on with the North American car-buying public), as well as that ofthe Rambler American & Studebaker Lark (a couple of compact home-g

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Ford Maverick

This 1973 Ford Maverick is all original, and was bought new by the father of the current owner. Believe it or not, it just turned over 30K miles! The compact Maverick was the successor to Ford’s highly popular Falcon, both of which were early sales successes for Ford, with the Falcon selling over 435,000 units in its inaugural year, while the Maverick numbers totaled almost 579,000 for MY 19

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Mercury Comet

FoMoCo reached back into its past when they introduced the 1971 Mercury Comet. The original Comet was a Ford Falcon derivative, and this iteration was even more of a clone — this time of Ford’s über-successful Maverick, with not much more than a different grille and taillights. This was actually the nameplate’s fourth go-round, as other previous Comets were cousins of Ford&r

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Mercury Comet

(Day 5 of FeelingBluWeek)For today we’ve saved what just might be the bluest car we’ve featured all week. This 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente was the Big M’s compact drop-top, a post it held through much of the decade. The Comet started life as a cousin to Ford’s Falcon in 1960 (actually, if you go back even farther, the Comet was supposed to be an Edsel, but we all know how t