Though it was on the market in the U.S. for a mere 10 years, the Falcon is, arguably, one of Ford’s most significant and influential cars of the second half of the 20th century. From its introduction it was a very popular model in its own right and remains a familiar automotive nameplate even to gear heads who were born long after the last American-market Falcon was built. Numerous body styles bore the Falcon name including 2- and 4-door sedans, wagons, convertibles, panel deliveries, vans and pickup trucks and the platform spawned a variety of compact and mid-size Fords including the Mustang, Maverick, Granada and their Mercury counterparts.
The Falcon was also sold in a number of foreign markets including Australia where it remains one of that country’s most popular cars. This 1973 Falcon was built in Australia and somehow managed to find its way to a car show in Jefferson, Wis., some 39 years later.
Australia got its first Falcons about the same time the U.S. did in 1960 and theirs were almost identical to ours. Aussies were not, however, treated to the 1964 redesign that American Falcons received and had to make do with minor facelifts until the new 1966 Falcons were rolled out both here and down under. That was to be the last hurrah for the American Falcon as it wouldn’t last beyond the 1969 model year, but in Australia the car was destined for bigger and better things.
(In the U.S. the Falcon would make one last appearance as a 1970 1/2 model but it was, in reality, nothing more than a rebadged, low-end Torino offered with budget interiors but, oddly, with any Torino powertrain a buyer might want including the 429 Cobra Jet.)
No longer tied to the styling cycles of a U.S. version, the Australian Falcon came into its own with its 1972 redesign, a very attractive mid- to full-size car rather reminiscent of the American Torino. You can be forgiven if you think that this 1973 Falcon also looks a bit like a ‘73 Mustang from the front. In fact, pull up a photo of a ‘73 Mustang with hood scoops and you’ll see that they are identical to the scoops on this Falcon.
The Australian Falcon is now on its eighth generation and still going strong. Over the years it has become something of a legend in its home market and is regarded with considerable affection there. It also became a movie star, appearing as the Interceptor in both Mad Max movies.