Posts Tagged ‘falcon’

Dueling Farmers – 1961 and 1962 Ford Ranchero

June 9, 2016

While Antipodeans used their utes – half car, half truck – as a true dual purpose vehicle for transporting sheep and taking the family to town, it’s hard to find any evidence (in a quick image search) that Americans did the same. There are plenty of hot-rodded Rancheros and El Caminos, and plenty being used by urban farmers hauling their stuff in town. Perhaps fuel and full-size trucks were cheap enough in North America, or the farm roads rough enough, that the cars didn’t do well with their actual target demographic. Or perhaps, as is so often the case with utilitarian vehicles, Ford’s marketeers had stumbled on an early lifestyle product – selling an image urban North Americans wanted to project to their community. Period advertising certainly suggests that, with plenty of images of the vehicles parked at some farm with a cowboy standing nearby, or in one ad, just a cowboy hat kind of floating above the truck car. So if you’d like to project a retro-urban-cowboy image, or you just have bulky car parts to haul around, take a look at this 1961 Ford Ranchero for sale for $3300 in Portland, OR.

1961 Ford Ranchero left side

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A Ford for Peanuts – 1960 Ford Falcon Two-Door Wagon

September 19, 2015

There are two definite schools of thought about the current state of the automobile. New cars are complex, amazing machines with incredible levels of safety and longevity, and at the same time automakers are still fighting reliability and quality issues. Manufacturers have a pretty good grasp on what the majority of the population wants – a sedan, truck or SUV with a decent amount of power, good fuel economy for their size and weight, and some form of self-shifting transmission. The other side is that all new cars are boring, and they don’t make them like they used to. Old cars are simple, easy to fix, and with a bit more care, can be quite reliable. You also get a plethora of body styles that are no longer available – like two-door wagons, two-door sedans, and compact pickups. And that brings us to today’s feature car, this 1960 Ford Falcon Two-Door wagon for sale for $3750 in Tigard, OR.

1960 Ford Falcon Tudor Wagon right front

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Original Raptor – 1962 Ford Falcon

August 3, 2013

Recent reading led me to see if I could find a usable, affordable Ford Mustang. However, it appears that as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, the slightly mangy but affordable ones are gradually disappearing, leaving complete projects, nice drivers, and beyond. So what to do? AMC AMXs or Javelins might be cheaper, but unfortunately hard to find. Maybe an average sedan with a powerful engine, like a Nova? Guess again, it appears most anything beyond a basket case is over $4000. And then I realized I’d forgotten the Ford Falcon (approved by 9 out of 10 Argentinean government spooks!). The Mustang’s more dowdy older sister, the years have been kind to it and it now looks like a tidy little compact sedan. Save yourself some time poring through all kinds of listings and reach out to the seller of this 1962 Falcon two-door, listed at $3900 (still not cheap!) in Port Orchard, WA, just west of Seattle.

1962 Ford Falcon left front

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