Ford Light Car Project developed 7 pilot model on wheelbases from 97" to 101".
Earle S. MacPherson was appointed chief engineer of Chevrolet Cadet project.
Robert S MacNamara was made Assistant General Manager of Ford Division. He immediately
appointed a market Research Unit to study who was buying the Volkswagon and why.
Ford management was firmly convinced that a car sized between the Volkswagon and the
standard Ford could be successfully marketed.
Ford Motor Company committed itself to build the Falcon.
A low weight six cylinder OHV engine was developed for the Falcon.
Ford President, E. R. Breech, announced to Ford management that the optimum economy car
appeared to be the 2,400 pound car with a six cylinder engine.
Falcon clay model finalized and accepted by Ford managment.
- Fredrick J. Hooven (1905-1985)
was appointed chief engineer for Falcon development. The project was the
"90-Day Wonder" and was his pride and joy as an
example of successful design engineering.
The New York Times published an article about the Ford XK-Thunderbird project.
- May 21:
Henry Ford II announced the Falcon Project at a Ford stockholders meeting.
The first non-prototype Falcons assembled at the Ford Pilot Assembly Plant.
- September 9:
The 1960 Falcon was released to the press.
- September 10:
14 Falcons with experienced endurance drivers began covering every mile of Federally
numbered highways in the continental United States.
- October 2:
The 1960 Corvair arrived at dealer showrooms.
- October 3:
The 1960 Falcon made its public debut.
- October 29:
Plymouth's 1960 Valiant goes on public display.
Falcon sales take off and Falcon soon becomes "King Of The Compacts."
Falcon Station Wagons introduced.
1960 Ranchero introduced.
- September 25:
1961 Falcon line introduced. It included the 170 inch engine and the Econoline utility vehicles.
: Robert S. MacNamary left Ford to become Secretary of Defence. The Falcon lost its strong
The Falcon Sedan Delivery was introduced.
- April 9:
1961 Futura introduced to combat [Corvair] Monza Coupe sales.
- September 19:
1962 Falcon line introduced.
- February 14:
1962 Sports Futura with four speed transmission introduced.
- September 11:
1963 Falcon line introduced, including Falcon convertible.
1963 1/2 Falcons introduced. Included 260-V8, hardtops, and the Sprint line.
Last 1963 1/2 Falcons produced. Dies shipped to Argentina.