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Where is Raptor Chapter based?
Raptor Chapter of the Falcon Club of America.
Most of us are in western Illinois,
eastern Iowa and southwest Wisconsin, though all Falcon Club members are welcome.
What are the benefits of Chapter membership?
Raptor Chapter members receive an emailed newsletter,
card identifying our
Chapter membership, right to post For
Sale or Want adds here and most important - **new
Why is it called Raptor Chapter?
are 'birds of prey' (eagles, owls and falcons). They are birds that hunt.
Illinois and Iowa have
strong, state run Raptor rescue and rehabilitation programs.
Model Year Timeline
On September 21, 1959, the Ford Motor Company, in an unprecedented event,
unveiled its new Falcon
to newsmen throughout the country in a closed-circuit TV News Conference. It
had style, riding comfort, room for six adults, and, above all, a service
network of over 4000 dealers. Initially Falcon
was to be an unembellished basic car. Only a 2-Door and a 4-Door Sedan
were offered and the upgrading Options were limited. By January however, the
Station Wagon and Ranchero were added to the line and choice was widened. The
most significant was the Fordomatic automatic transmission.
A new optional engine appeared, providing 101 hp, the 170 Six, in place of the
standard 85 hp Falcon
Six. A new Sedan Delivery as
well as Deluxe Body Trim for a new emphasis on "Deluxe" as a sales
aid. About 1 million Falcons were now on the road.
New styling and some new models, new luxury interior choices, new fuel and
oil savings in improved versions of the Falcon
Six, and some new all-around economies included a new 30,000 mile radiator
coolant. New models included the Squire Wagon, a new Station Bus and Club
Wagon, and the Futura, an upgraded two-door sedan
with standard bucket seats and a center console. In February, the '62 Falcon
line was again revised with the addition of a Futura Sports Sedan
with a roofline based on Thunderbird styling.
The Futura in both 2-door and 4-door models was introduced, but the Futura
Convertible as well as the Futura Sports Convertible followed shortly by the
Sprint Convertible with the Falcon
170 Special Six engine, bucket seats, tachometer, and 4-speed manual
transmission all standard.
In January of '63, the addition of the Fairlane 260 cu in engine as a Falcon
option was announced as part of the Company's 1963 1/2 Product line. This
engine became standard in the Sprint Hardtop and Convertible replacing the big
Six and rendering those earlier six-cylinder Sprints rare indeed.
The body style changed from the "round" body to a "square"
design. A new 200 cu in Six in addition to the three engines offered in 1963.
Little changed in the model lineup.
The 289 cu in V8 option replaced both the Challenger and the Sprint versions
of earlier 260 V-8. Sprint became a less meaningful package and was now merely
an emblem and bucket seat addition to the convertible. The Futura Sports Coupe
and Sports Convertible were dropped although bucket seats were available in
Futura Hardtops and Convertible. 1965
was the last year of aggressive marketing for the Falcon
Falcons were now limited to 2-door and 4-door models. Hardtops, Convertibles,
and Squire models were dropped. 1966 was also the last year for the Ranchero
as a Falcon
model. Little would change from 1968 to early 1970. Only data plate numerical
revisions seemed to constitute Falcon's progress.
An interesting event occurred as the Falcon
line was coming to an end. Production terminated entirely on January 1, 1970.
For a brief time thereafter, the "1970 1/2" Falcon
was offered. The 4-door and Station Wagon were re-badged Fairlanes, with Falcon
specific chrome, but the 2-door was unique to the Falcon
line. The Torino and Fairlane lineup had 2-door vehicles, but they were
fastbacks and hardtops. The Falcon
was the only one offered with a 2-door sedan
(it has a b-pillar behind the driver door glass). The Falcon
line did not offer fastbacks or hardtops. Interestingly enough, this '70 1/2 Falcon
had seven engine choices up to an awesome 370 hp 429 cu in Cobra Jet Ram-Air
V-8. The '70 1/2 Falcon
was a stop gap measure to hold the market until the Maverick was ready for
production. Thus ended the U.S. Falcon line.
Information from: www.falconregistry.com
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