The Original, the best, and biggest classic Australian Ford Falcon is where our focus is at today and there are six generations of it to talk about, but we are looking at the very first and how it all started.
Since the 60s, Ford has been producing this popular full-sized car that was originally inspired by the American Falcon, which eventually phased out.
Why we love it? Well the Ford Falcon and its derivates have been Australian-made best sellers with over 3,000,000 sales in seven generations and almost exclusively to Australia, New Zealand and also South Africa.
With such enormous figures like that it’s fair to say, not only do we love it, everyone else did too.
It all began in September 1960 where the public was introduced to the first generation of Falcons known as the XK series.
The vehicle was offered as a four-door sedan in both Falcon and Falcon Deluxe trims.
If we focus on the very first generation of the Falcon in terms of design and aesthetics, the body of the range consisted of sedan and utility body styles.
Ford replicated the North American model essentially only changing the car into a right hand drive version.
Steering was light and the ride was surprisingly good, especially on well-paved roads.
The first generation Ford Falcon lasted for six years between the years of 1960 to 1966.
Models following from the 1960 XK included the XL of 1962, XM of 1964, and XP of 1965.
However, the real ‘make or break’ Falcon was the XP released in 1965. It was introduced as an upmarket variant.
Ford’s future in Australia depended on the success of this car, and that gamble paid off winning the prestigious Wheels Car of the Year Award.