For Sale: 1960 Ford Falcon in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1960 Ford Falcon Sedan

Historically, the "Big Three" auto manufacturers, (GM, Ford and Chrysler), focused purely on the larger and more profitable vehicles in the US and Canadian markets. Towards the mid-1950s, all three manufacturers realized that this strategy would no longer work. Large automobiles were becoming increasingly expensive, making smaller cars such as Fiats, Renaults, Toyotas, and Volkswagens increasingly attractive. Furthermore, many American families were now in the market for a second car, and market research showed women especially thought the full-size car had grown too large and cumbersome. Hence the project which became the Falcon was started and sponsored by Ford General Manager Robert S. McNamara, who commissioned a team to create what by American standards of the time would be a small car but elsewhere in the world considered a mid-size. McNamara, who was promoted to Group Vice President of Cars and Trucks by the time the Falcon was launched, was intimately involved in development, insisting on keeping the costs and weight of the car as low as possible.

For consignment, a result of much market research that aimed at women, a second car for families, and a smaller car that was less cumbersome and expensive. We give you the 1st year of the first generation of the Ford Falcon. This simple grocery getter is as utilitarian as it gets, with little trimmings, and white wall tires. 4 doors and an older restoration still holding up well make this a very attractive buy and an early example of the compact car meant to be the second car.

Exterior
In typical 60s Detroit fashion, Ford's first generation Falcon, adorned with curved surfaces and creases that stretch from stem to stern, is incredibly hard to make straight once it's been overhauled or reworked. Fortunately, the metal on this compact sedan has benefited from a restoration at some point in the past and careful usage over the years, so good panel alignment and an astute attention to detail remains. The car's classic flanks are very straight, prior to the respray being laid on its solid and sculpted body. That body's gaps are better than average, featuring doors that operate with precision, vertical components that are centered in their respective openings. Black covers the lower sections of the body and white tops off the roof, a tuxedo with 4 doors if you will. A few blemishes in the paint in the form of cracking and a small bubbling but overall, this pint-size cruiser carries every indication that of a well-kept effort to create a timeless compact car which looks good on the road and great in the parking lot!

Interior
This cool Ford's correct and tasteful interior is a classy reminder of the days when style and appeal were the central focus of automotive design. At the front of the car, an original dash hangs a pristine stainless instrument cluster, all within the dual elongated eyebrow design stretching across the front and bathed in a body matching black color. In front of that dash, completely original bench seats with broadcloth small striped inserts and clean smooth light gray vinyl bolsters provide the perfect spot for Main Street cruise nights for driver and passengers front and rear. While remaining in good condition overall we do note a tear in the driver's upper section with stuffing spewing forth. Below those seats, black vinyl covers the floors. At the edges of that vinyl, great looking door panels wrap lightly wrinkled gray vinyl and mix it with ivory tuck and roll vertical stitched panels and a clean gray armrest within the ivory field. Clean chrome door handles and correct chrome window cranks are within these panels. Above those panels, a like-new headliner hangs tightly above all this wonderful color and design. Also in front of the driver, an impressive original black colored Ford steering wheel has the Bakelite cream topped shift lever and signal lever on the column. While showing some wear overall this interior is original to the car and has held up well during its 62 year tenure.

Drivetrain
A 170ci inline 6-cylinder sits within the simple wide open engine bay. This engine is not the original as this car was born with a 144ci 6-cylinder, has some blue paint for the valve cover and air cleaner housing and block as well as supple hoses and overall looking good. A 1-barrel carburetor is atop the inline 6 popper, and a 3-speed manual transmission is on back with a 3.10 ratio axle at the tail end.

Undercarriage
Underneath we note some light surface rust and plenty of patina, but all structurally sound with no invasive rust even seen. Simple is the word of the day, with a single shock absorber per side dampening the road blows for the leaf spring suspension on back, and independent coil springs for the front. Drum brakes are all around.

Drive-Ability
Even now and again we get an unexpected surprise and this car provided it. After a quick turn of the ignition and initial fire up, it was off to the test track where this car had surprising acceleration, smooth cruising, and great handling, the only flaw we could find was a slight pull during braking, however an adjustment of the drums should rectify this. This car is full of pleasant surprises, and I was duly impressed. Interior is near perfect with all working controls. A great ride, and surprisingly powerful. I checked under the hood to see if it was actually a V8 under there, but alas the 6-cylinder remained!

A very nice example with a respray and spruce up during the restoration, and it mates with the original interior color wonderfully. A simple yet beautifully designed compact with performance that was impressive. A throwback to suburban America and the need for a second car in the driveway. A very nice original, this Falcon swoops into our hallowed halls and has nested into the west wing. Definitely worth a look.

VIN DECODE
0T12S124322
0-1960
T-Metuchen, NJ Assy Plant
12-Falcon 4 Door Sedan
S-144ci Inline 6 cylinder
124322-Sequential Unit Number

WARRANTY TAG
BODY 58A-Falcon 4 Door Sedan
COLOR AM-Raven Black, Corinthian White
TRIM II-Gray Cloth & Vinyl
DATE 19B-February 19th Build
TRANS 1-3 Speed Manual
AXLE 3-3.10 Conventional

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1960 Ford Falcon
  • Listing ID: CC-1594575
  • Price: $14,000
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1960
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Falcon
  • Exterior Color:Raven Black
  • Interior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:61000
  • Stock Number:3903
  • VIN:0T12S124322

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