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Ford Falcon

Ford Falcon XL

1962 - 1964
Country:
Australia
Engine:
6 cyl.
Capacity:
2.4 litre (144ci)
Power:
n/a
Transmission:
3 spd. man / 2 spd. auto
Top Speed:
217 km/h
Number Built:
75,765
Collectability:
3 star
Ford Falcon XL
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 3

Introduction



The XL Ford Falcon and Futura were introduced mid-August, 1962. Both had many engineering changes as well as new styling. In keeping with the basic economy car concept, Falcon for '62 avoided any restyling that might have required expensive changes in body sheet metal. Yet, the XL looked considerably different and few people would have confused it with the 1960 model.

There was a new grille and new parking lights, now mounted in the bumper. There were new front fenders, slightly higher in profile, and a new "air-scoop" trim on the hood. At the rear, the tail lamps were larger. However interior and exterior dimensions remained unchanged.

The XL Falcon's wheelbase was 109.5 inches, overall length 181.1 inches. Falcon's model line-up consisted of four-door sedans and four-door wagons in standard and deluxe trim, both were called XL. The deluxe series was fitted with a trim package consisting of stainless steel window frame cappings, side trim, more expensive interior trim plus rear seat arm rests, ash trays and other refinements.

Squire Station Wagon



Two additional models, available in deluxe trim only, were the Falcon Squire four-door station wagon with simulated (read fake) wood trim exterior, and the Futura, a two-door sedan with distinctive exterior trim and a special interior with vinyl-covered individual bucket-type front seats divided by a central "consol" containing an extra glove box.

Mechanically, there were numerous improvements made to the XL, but no major changes. On both the 144-cubic-inch 85-horsepower and the 170-cubic-inch 101-horse-power engines, smoother, quieter operation resulted from the addition of a torsional vibration damper and a leaf-spring type rear engine mounting. A new carburettor with improved economy and a new choke action were also added.

Falcon's aluminium pistons were redesigned for 1962, improved in six different ways. There was also a new starter motor that was sealed and operated more quietly. The suspension was improved by fitting a heavier front stabiliser strut and bracket with an insulator pad of rubber installed in the top mounting pocket of each coil spring.

All Falcon models could be optioned with either three-speed manual column shift transmission or the familiar two-speed and torque-converter Fordomatic transmission. As mentioned, the XL introduced a few styling changes to differentiate it from the XK. Most notable was the grille, altering from a concave to a convex shape with recessed headlights and bumper mounted indicators.

Ball Joint Suspension



The tail lamps were revised and the rear roof line was changed to reflect Ford's "Thunderbird" style theme, which in turn created a wider rear pillar and larger rear window. But the most serious changes were made under the skin, with significant mechanical upgrades - a new gearbox, clutch, starter, air and oil filters and improved braking. The suspension modifications already mentioned were an attempt to sort out the problematic (weak) front suspension for which the Falcon was getting plenty of bad publicity.

But perhaps more significant than any of these changes was the fact that the Australian facelifted Falcon went to market before the US iterations. By now Ford was very much committed to making the Falcon a success, and by releasing the XL when they did, they were able to steal the march on the Generals new EJ model, beating them to launch by just a few days. However the EJ Holden was rather more than a mere "facelift", which prompted Ford to boast that the XL Falcon had 734 new parts. The carburettors were modified to provide better fuel consumption, quieter engine operation and a higher top speed. Ford also claimed the higher second gear fitted to the manual gearbox gave better "flexibility" in traffic.

The Armstrong 500



The XL would go on to out-sell the XK by over 7000 units, and Harry Firth and Bob Jane would go on to win the 1962 Armstrong 500 (the pre-cursor to the Bathurst 1000). Also introduced with the XL was the upmarket "Futura" model, along with a new marketing slogan, "Trim, Taut, Terrific". Even the wagon would go upmarket, the Squire model being introduced, it fitted with Americana style fake wood (fibreglass) panels along each side. Strangely this would not prove to be the success, and the Squire would only carry over to the XM model before being dropped prior to the release of the XP.
XL Falcon
XL Falcon Wagon
XL Falcon Squire Wagon

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Also see:


Falcon XL Specifications
Ford Falcon Commercials
The Ford Falcon Story
Falcon/Fairlane Identification Guide
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troy
Posted 168 days ago
i have a 1962 falcon squire wagon does anyone know where i can get the replacement simulated wood
Geoff Armstrong
Posted 1082 days ago
My father had an XL Falcon panel van. My sisters and I rode in the back on a couple of road trips from Brisbane to Mackay! I loved it so much an XL was my first car, bought 6 months before I got my licence. Bought a second one and made a beauty from the combined parts. I sold it because I wanted a wagon (bought an XM) and continued to see "my" XL being driven around by the guy who bought it for the next 10 years.
Dave
Posted 1138 days ago
we are lucky to have a XL, she is in amazing condition with only 58k miles with all of it books ,keys and spares including the drink coasters that were handed out by the dealer. When we take her out for a drive so many people love to look in side and remark on the memories of growing up and that car smell! We love it !
Josh
Posted 1454 days ago
My dad bought me one of these for me the other, must say that there's a little work to be done on the beast but the car turned a few heads on the way home. awesome looking car
Carol
Posted 1573 days ago
We still have a 1962 XL Falcon Stationwagon with the original green. My husband courted me in it in 1970. She's a beauty and built like a tank. The kids when they get to drive in it can't believe there is no plastic dash..pure steel. We love her.
xp_coupe
Posted 1709 days ago
The Squire Wagon was NOT dropped before the release of the XP model, as an XP Squire Wagon was available.
rob m
Posted 1798 days ago
217 km /h top speed ??????????????????/
jeff
Posted 1989 days ago
As a teenager in the late 80s i enjoyed driving around in my XL stationwagon. Best car i ever had never let me down
Kevin
Posted 2205 days ago
My father's first of many Fords. Bought secondhand in 1967. Trouble free motoring. I learned to drive in our XL. Fitting radial tyres made a huge improvement.
Oz.
Posted 2305 days ago
So the slogan for the XL was "TRIM, TAUT, TERRIFFIC". But didn't that stupid Holdenwoo mob mock it and call it "TRIM, TAUNT, TRAIDED" and so the Ford boss called Holdenwoo's boss and told him to lay off or something like that?
 
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