AJ's Car of the Day '65 Ford Falcon Hardtop

Car: Ford Falcon Hardtop

Year: 1965

What makes it special: A redesign changed the Falcon's looks for 1964. The second generation's new look was more squared-off, more modern, as Ford pursued the youth market. For 1965, changes were minimal, including a simpler grille and revised side trim on deluxe models. Production ended for convertible Falcons. A padded instrument panel, seat belts, power steering, power brakes, a radio, a remote-control trunk release, and a parking brake warning light were optional. From 1965, the three-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission was available. Front seat belts were standard.

What made it famous: The 1965 Falcons were available with a 289 cubic-inch small-block V8 they shared with the Fairlanes and Mustangs. A V8 4-speed manual was also an option. Beginning in 1965, the 200 six also featured seven main bearings instead of four, which made the engine far more reliable and smoother. Six-cylinder cars had four-lug hubs with 13-in steel wheels. V8 cars got five-lug wheels.

Why I would want one: This one is easy. It's a Falcon. I love Falcons. Done.

Fun fact: This second-generation Falcon was the inspiration for the Mustang in April 1964, and it shared its bones with the original 1960 Falcon.