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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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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

unadorned Tudor wagon, with the typical whitewall tire option

unadorned Tudor wagon, with the typical whitewall tire option

 

Fordor wagon brochure art

Fordor wagon brochure art