Junkyard Find: 1970 Ford Falcon Futura Sedan
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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- William I think it's important to understand the factors that made GM as big as it once was and would like to be today. Let's roll back to 1965, or even before that. GM was the biggest of the Big Three. It's main competition was Ford and Chrysler, as well as it's own 5 brands competing with themselves. The import competition was all but non existent. Volkswagen was the most popular imported cars at the time. So GM had its successful 5 brands, and very little competition compared to today's market. GM was big, huge in fact. It was diversified into many other lines of business, from trains to information data processing (EDS). Again GM was huge. But being huge didn't make it better. There are many examples of GM not building the best cars they could, it's no surprise that they were building cars to maximize their profits, not to be the best built cars on the road, the closest brand to achieve that status was Cadillac. Anyone who owned a Cadillac knew it could have been a much higher level of quality than it was. It had a higher level of engineering and design features compared to it's competition. But as my Godfather used to say "how good is good?" Being as good as your competitors, isn't being as good as you could be. So, today GM does not hold 50% of the automotive market as it once did, and because of a multitude of reasons it never will again. No matter how much it improves it's quality, market value and dealer network, based on competition alone it can't have a 50% market share again. It has only 3 of its original 5 brands, and there are too many strong competitors taking pieces of the market share. So that says it's playing in a different game, therfore there's a whole new normal to use as a baseline than before. GM has to continue downsizing to fit into today's market. It can still be big, but in a different game and scale. The new normal will never be the same scale it once was as compared to the now "worlds" automotive industry. Just like how the US railroad industry had to reinvent its self to meet the changing transportation industry, and IBM has had to reinvent its self to play in the ever changing Information Technology industry it finds it's self in. IBM was once the industry leader, now it has to scale it's self down to remain in the industry it created. GM is in the same place that the railroads, IBM and other big companies like AT&T and Standard Oil have found themselves in. It seems like being the industry leader is always followed by having to reinvent it's self to just remain viable. It's part of the business cycle. GM, it's time you accept your fate, not dead, but not huge either.
My driving school instructor had one of these , I believe a 1975 Maverick ? I took my lessons in 1980 - what I remember is that it was a boring car compared to my dads car at the time ( a 68 Newport) . The maverick had standard steering ( only car I drive without power steering ! )
I own a 1969 falcon futura 4 door hardtop, original inline 6 and c4 transmission and it still runs to this day.