AJ's Car of the Day 1970 1/2 Ford Falcon SCJ
Car: Ford Falcon 429 Super Cobra-Jet ( SCJ )
Year: 1970 1/2
What makes it special: At first, one might mistake this car for a Torino or a Fairlane. In late 1968, when Ford evaluated its production line, it chose to give the Falcon a larger body size for 1970, and the quickest solution was to use the Torino/Fairlane package. In order to separate the body styles, Ford shose to make its two-door sedan model the “Falcon” and allowed all the options available from the Torino, Fairlane packages to be ordered.
What made it famous: Torino Falcons were great candidates for drag racing, with the available options of ordering a 429 Cobra Jet V8 with Ram Air induction, ( note the Shaker hood. ) The options included a 4-speed floor shifted manual, or a heavy-duty self shifter C-6 Cruise-O-Matic transmission. The lightweight Falcon was a bare bones model with rubber mats and a vinyl bench seat. All of this kept the car light and fast.
Why I would want one: One of my favorite Ford models of all time is the Falcon. I love the fact that it fakes people out, thinking they are seeing a Torino, when it's not. And I've always been a fan of taking the lightest factory body available and marrying it with the largest V8 available. It's a cool looking, fast moving sedan. And not many in existence today. Many believe this to truly be the last super stock that Ford ever built.
Fun fact: Shortly after making this decision in December of 1969 Ford announced that due to the sales of the Red-hot Maverick that was selling as fast as the pony cars, it would discontinue the sales of Falcon’s. The factory would be converted to produce the Maverick .
( 1970 1/2 Ford Falcon 429 SCJ photo from carpictures.com )