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Wheels in the Grass

1962 Ford Falcon Tudor Deluxe, Freedom, N.Y.

This 1962 Ford Falcon Tudor Deluxe sedan is parked in the town of Freedom, N.Y., where it disappeared a while for the winter, but has returned — tarp and all. The Tudor Deluxe had such niceties as: choice of eight interior trims (compare that to today’s choice of black, tan, or gray!); arm rests and ash trays, front and rear; deluxe white steering wheel with chrome horn ring; and front fender ornaments. The Tudor Deluxe listed for $2,071.30, while the cheapest Falcon, the Tudor (which billed itself as America’s lowest-priced six-passenger car) listed for $1,985. What a deal! And for just $9.65 you could add two-speed electric wipers, while another $10.70 would get you backup lights.

Mom's 1960 Falcon. Ouch!

brochure page: 1962 Falcon Fordor Deluxe

My Mom had a 1960 Tudor, and it was a neat little car — until someone in a 1959 Chevy Impala rear-ended it. Dad managed to drive it the last mile home, but that was the end.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

1962 Falcon color and interior choices

  • Max

    That car was then Ford President Bob McNamara’s answer to the import invasion of the late 50’s. He championed the notion that cars should be simple, spartan and cost efficient machines that were nothing more than a means to get from point “A” to point “B.” I thought the Falcon accomplished that although in our harsh climate they got stuck in the snow real easy and rusted out quickly.