1960

The Ford Falcon was introduced to the US motoring public in October, 1959. The first-year Falcon Sedans were the best selling Falcon models ever, and exceeded Ford’s most optimistic sales expectations.

The first Falcons were “new size” Fords that competed against domestic compacts such as the Chevrolet Corvair, and the Chrysler Valiant. The Falcon was also offered as a suitable alternative to the Volkswagen Beetle.

The Falcon was a revolutionary vehicle due to its single-unit unitized body construction, compact size, and economy. The new Falcons could handle six passengers and go 30 miles on a gallon of gas. Thirty miles per gallon was a phenomenal figure in 1960.

The base price for a new Falcon was just under $2,000. The three speed manual transmission (column shift) was standard, but the Ford-O-Matic transmission was available as an option for an additional $180.

The Falcon Wagons were introduced in January, 1960. The base wagon price was about $2,250, and were only available in a six passenger configuration.

The Ranchero was introduced a few months after the Falcon Wagons. Its body was based on the 2-door wagon, and may have been the world’s first “mini-truck”. The new Ranchero weighed 2,345 pounds and had a payload of 800 pounds. The new Ranchero was well received by the public, and the new model outsold any previous annual editions of the larger Ranchero.


Standard Equipment:

  • 3-Speed Transmission
  • Two Sun Visors
  • Two Front Arm Rests
  • Foam-Cushioned Front Seats
  • Glove Compartment
  • Instrument Panel Ash Tray
  • Dome Light
  • Instrument Cluster includes speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge, temperature gauge,
    oil and generator warning lights, high-beam and turn signal indicators
  • Two Vacuum-Booster-Operated Windshield Wipers
  • Deep Section Bumpers require no guards
  • Easy-to-clean Rubber Floor Mat
  • Black Lifeguard Steering Wheel

Deluxe Trim Features:

  • Deluxe upholstery combination in blue, green or gray
  • Full-length, bright-metal body side moldings
  • Bright-metal side window moldings (tailgate also on wagons)
  • Tail light trim rings
  • Deluxe Steering Wheel with Chrome horn ring
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Front door courtesy switches for automatic operation of dome light
  • Rear seat ash tray
  • Rear seat arm rests

Optional Equipment:

  • Automatic Transmission………………………..$159.40
  • Fresh Air Heater…………………………………..$67.80
  • Manual Transistorized Radio…………………..$54.05
  • Deluxe Trim & Ornamentation Package…….$65.80
  • Two Tone Paint……………………………………$16.80
  • Windshield Washer……………………………….$13.70
  • Padded Sun Visors and Instrument Panel…..$19.20
  • Typical Whitewall Tire Option…………………$28.70

Models Available:

The above production information has been obtained from various sources and cross-checked when possible. Although it is thought to be reliable, a person considering a Falcon based on its rarity should conduct his or her own research.