Ford Falcon (XL)

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Ford Falcon (XL)
Ford Falcon XL Sedan.jpg
Ford Falcon Deluxe Sedan (XL)
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Australia
Production August 1962 – February 1964
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size car[1]
Body style 4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
2-door coupé utility
2-door panel van
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 2.4 L (144 cu in) Falcon Six I6
2.8 L (170 cu in) Falcon Six I6
Transmission 3-speed manual
2-speed Fordomatic automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,781 mm (109.5 in)[2]
Length 4,602 mm (181.2 in)[2]
Width 1,778 mm (70.0 in)[1]
Height 1,384 mm (54.5 in)[1]
Curb weight 1,106–1,135 kg (2,438–2,502 lb)[2]
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Falcon (XK)
Successor Ford Falcon (XM)

The Ford Falcon (XL) is a mid-size car which was produced by Ford Australia from 1962 to 1964. It was the second iteration of the first generation of this Australian-made model.

Overview[edit]

The Falcon XL was introduced in August 1962,[3] replacing the Falcon XK which had been in production since 1960.[4] Visual changes from the XK included a new convex grille, bumper mounted park/turn lights, new taillights, and a revised, squared off roofline (on the sedans) which was promoted as the “Thunderbird roofline”.[5] Other changes included a new manual gearbox (although it was still a three-speed unit), new clutch, new starter motor, new air cleaner, new suspension system and a new carburettor.[5] Both of the engines from the XK were retained; a 144 cu in (2,360 cc) Falcon Six inline-six, which produced 67 kW (90 hp; 91 PS) and an optional 170 cu in (2,786 cc) version of the Falcon Six, which produced 75 kW (101 hp; 102 PS).[2]

Model range[edit]

The Falcon XL range included four-door sedan and five-door station wagons.[6] The luxury Futura Sedan and Squire Wagon models were new for the XL series,[5] the latter featuring simulated woodgrain side and rear panels.[7] Commercial vehicle derivatives were available in two-door coupe utility and two-door panel van body styles with the latter marketed as the Falcon Sedan Delivery.[8]

Models were marketed as follows:

  • Falcon Sedan[9]
  • Falcon Deluxe Sedan[9]
  • Falcon Futura Sedan[9][10]
  • Falcon Station Wagon[9]
  • Falcon Deluxe Wagon[9]
  • Falcon Squire Wagon[9]
  • Falcon Utility[11]
  • Falcon Deluxe Utility[11]
  • Falcon Sedan Delivery[12]

Production[edit]

The Falcon XL was replaced by the Ford Falcon (XM) in February 1964,[13] production having totalled 75,765 units.[3]

Motorsport[edit]

A Falcon XL driven by Bob Jane and Harry Firth was “first across the line” in the 1962 Armstrong 500, with the first four places in Class B filled by Falcon XLs.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1962 Ford Falcon Sedan 144 Six 3-speed (XL) (model since August 1962 for Australia ) specifications & performance data review". automobile-catalog.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "1962 Ford (Australia) XL-series Falcon Base Sedan all versions specifications and performance data". automobile-catalog.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b AC Bushby, The Australian Ford Falcon Collection, 1989, page 32
  4. ^ AC Bushby, The Australian Ford Falcon Collection, 1989, page 11
  5. ^ a b c Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 86
  6. ^ AC Bushby, The Australian Ford Falcon Collection, 1989, pages 34–40
  7. ^ AC Bushby, The Australian Ford Falcon Collection, 1989, page 40
  8. ^ AC Bushby, The Australian Ford Falcon Collection, 1989, pages 44–45
  9. ^ a b c d e f Ford Falcon sedan and station wagon brochure (DM26-7/62), Ford Motor Company of Australia Pty Ltd
  10. ^ The Ford Falcon sedan and station wagon brochure (DM26-7/62) uses the term Futura Sedan but shows that the model also carried Falcon badging
  11. ^ a b 1962 Ford Falcon XL utility brochure, www.oldcarbrochures.org Retrieved 23 April 2015
  12. ^ 1962 Ford Falcon XL sedan delivery Brochure, www.oldcarbrochures.org Retrieved 23 April 2015
  13. ^ AC Bushby, The Australian Ford Falcon Collection, 1989, page 46
  14. ^ "1962 Armstrong 500". Unique Cars and Parts. Retrieved 20 December 2014.