We often forget that Ford made the Falcon until 1970. That’s in North America; you could buy a new Falcon— based on the original 1960 version— in Argentina until 1991, and Australians can still buy Falcons today. The shortened-Fairlane-based 1966-70 Falcon tends to get overlooked, unless you live in East Oakland, so it took me a second to figure out what I was looking at when I spotted this one in my local self-serve wrecking yard.
For a moment, I thought it was some sort of AMC product, but the Mustang-esque long hood/short trunk gave it away as a Ford. This is actually a very rare car; Ford made the Falcon name a trim level for the ’70 Fairlane and designated it a 1970-1/2 model year car (no doubt to avoid marketing confusion while FoMoCo pitched the new-ish Maverick). Some 1969 Falcons were sold as 1970 models, and that’s what we’re looking at here.
Does that rarity make it valuable? Well, no. The surprise is that a four-door, six-cylinder ’69/’70 Falcon evaded The Crusher as long as this one did. Still, I estimate that there are 10,000 1970 Mustangs for every 1970 Falcon still extant, so it would be nice if more of them could survive.
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