When I researched the subject of cars built in relatively unchanged form for 20 or more years, the only American machine that met my criteria was the first-gen Ford Falcon (no, the Model T was not built during 20 model years and, no, the Ford Panther and GM B platforms changed too much to be considered single models). As late as 1991, car shoppers in Argentina could step into a Ford showroom and choose between a new Falcon and a new Sierra XR4… or they could walk across the street to Peugeot and drive out in a new 504. How’s that for a set of choices?
Today, the BBC News has a short video piece on Argentina’s love for the Ford Falcon. Sure, the Argentinean Falcon got square headlights in 1970, but under the skin it’s still the 1960 compact car that Robert McNamara hammered through the heart of the Edsel, thus ensuring the decline and fall of American power, etc. (I’m just getting prepared for the anti-McNamara hate mail that I always get from Edsel fanatics every time I write about the Falcon). Unlike my very favorite Argentine-ized American car, the Falcon carries some ghosts on board, which should gratify the anti-Falcon zealots; during the Dirty War of the late 70s/early 80s, green Falcons were often used by security forces to abduct the desaparecidos, and the BBC touches on this less-rosy portion of Falcon nostalgia as well.
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