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AJ's Car of the Day '62 Ford Falcon Squire Station Wagon
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Car: Ford Falcon Squire Station Wagon

Year: 1962

What makes it special: Ford's Falcon wagons were best sellers among compact wagons. They combined economy, usefulness and driving fun. Eight wagons in all made it the biggest ever offered. The Falcon wagon was ideal for everyday trips. Rugged vinyl and plastic fabrics resist stood up to use. The roll-down tailgate window and counterbalanced tailgate gave wide open access to the cargo area. Inside, it had room for six adults. With second seat down and tailgate open, Falcon load space was almost 9 feet long. Even with a full complement of passengers in the seats, the cargo space behind the rear seat easily took vacation luggage or camping gear.

What made it famous: The 1962 model year had a Squire model of the four-door station wagon with faux wood trim on the sides. The design was pretty simple, with two large headlamps incorporated into a chrome grille that stretched from one corner to the other. Down below, there was a thick, chrome bumper with a square license plate in the middle. The rear end was also similar below the waistline, with round taillights and a chrome bumper that mirrored those in the front fascia. By the time the Squire was launched in 1962, the Falcon had received a larger, 170 Cu in straight-six engine rated at 101 horsepower.

Why I would want one: Love Falcons. The look, the simplicity, and the Squire wagon was the upscale, fancy model.

Fun fact: Despite the performance issues, the public loved the Falcon, partly because the interior was purposely designed to be as expansive as a full sized, “normal” Ford family car. 

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