YAK Car Pic of the Day
by Jim Corbran - posted 12:00 am, April 11, 2013
There’s something, I guess, about Spring that brings out the For Sale signs — even if you can’t read them! Yesterday I spotted this Chesapeake Blue 1961 Ford Falcon Fordor station wagon in a Wheatfield driveway. Yes, that Fordor isn’t a typo; for years Ford called their two-door sedan and station wagon models Tudors, and the four-door models… well, you get it. My well-preserved copy of Ford’s 1961 Buyer’s Digest tells me that this Fordor wagon was equipped with the Deluxe Trim and Ornamentation Package, which for a grand total of $78.30 netted you the bright chrome trim seen gracing the sides and the window frames, along with a bunch of interior goodies (including a white steering wheel with chrome horn ring). True Falcon-spotters will notice that this ’61 is wearing a set of wheel covers from the ’63 Falcon Futura — a bit of up-sell for potential buyers? This Fordor, when new, had a starting list price of $2,268. Other available options included: Fordomatic transmission – $163.10; Fresh Air heater-defroster – $73.40; manual (no pushbuttons) AM radio – $54.05; and the “typical” whitewall tire option – $29.90. Ford sold a gazzilion of these early 1960s Falcons; the Corbrans had one of the first — a 1960 Tudor. I’m getting nostalgic. I’d better stay out of Wheatfield for a while. Here’s the ’61 Falcon brochure.
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know