This is the “better parts of a lesser car” that America’s famous pony car was built off of. Well, not exactly this generation, but it was this model that spawned a crazed motoring youth. It forced General Motors (with some nudging from a close-minded, attention-seeking, young political activist) to abandon the Corvair, and to move the early BOP Y-bodies to a body-on-frame A-body platform. We’re talking about a car that kick-started the golden age of horsepower somehow by just taking grandma safely to her bingo games. The good ole harmless Ford Falcon. This particular Falcon is the last of it’s kind, and is the embodiment of everything it was meant to be.
Let me explain why:
1. As you can see, it’s 40-something years later and this car is still kicking. It ignores the idea of obsolescence and happily serves three purposes: Kicking ass, taking names and hauling the kids to Old Navy to get them cheap flip-flops.
2. It’s still a very affordable car, and is built off a common platform. So it pulls double duty as eye-candy for those that don’t know it’s an ancient ancestor of the Focus wagon, and provides an economical, reliable means of transportation.
3. It’s a fucking wagon. The only way a wagon can get more utilitarian than this is if it has a frame (for towing and hauling loads) or off-road capabilities (Here’s my Eagle wagon plug, deal with it.)
Other than an inexpensive (but extraordinarily effective) blackout spray-bomb front treatment and cheap set of wheels, this car looks pretty damn stock. It could be had with the integral-manifold “small” inline six (from a tiny 144 cubes up to a decent 200 cubes) or the standard 260/289/302 Windsor V8. I can’t speculate on what it’s got under the hood, but if I could guess from looking at the outside, I would imagine it had one of the v8s.
So, the Falcon isn’t as glamorous as a Mustang, and doesn’t carry the same kind of compact hot rod love (or value) that the Nova seems to carry around (let’s face it, GM had the market cornered on good-looking cars in the 60’s). It makes up for it with it’s underdog attitude, ability to hold a decent sized V8 and complete sleeper status.
It’s a lively and liveable everyday hot rod. I understand the concept isn’t something most people drool over, but it’s actually a lot more rewarding than your real hot car dream car that you’re constantly stuck in the cycle of breaking and fixing things on.
Now who can’t relate to that?