The Falcon came about as a brainchild by then Chief Executive Robert McNamara who wanted a car just like the Volkswagen Beetle, small and compact. McNamara went on to serve in Kennedy's and Johnson's administration as Secretary of Defense.
Ford approved a six-cylinder car, instead of the four-cylinder that McNamara wanted. McNamara was a man who obsessed about details of the Falcon and analysis about cost and fuel economy of the Falcon, the engineers designed the car with a unibody, making the suspension standard, and sourced from Ford's existing parts bin.
The car received criticisms from an unimpressed automotive press but the public, especially the cash-strapped, liked the new Ford. The ultimate throwaway car, the Falcon may have been conventional in looks and like one car critic called a modern version of the Tin Lizzy, but it was roomy, had a smooth ride, and delivered 30 mpg.
With the 1962 Ford Falcon, Ford changed the roof line at the back window to more of a Thunderbird design and offered a 4-speed transmission for the first time.
This bucket seat 1962 Fold Falcon Futura model was offered with a slightly upgraded interior, factory installed safety belts, different side trim (spears), and different emblems.
Body Styles Two- or four-door hardtops, station wagons, and convertibles.
Suspension Front: coil-springs; Rear: leaf springs.
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