15. Ford Falcon Wagon
When Ford saw that compact cars, both domestic and imported, were getting an increasingly bigger market share, they changed their stand on small vehicles. So, in 1960, they introduced the Falcon. In those days, Ford was nervous about presenting a new model in a new class since the Edsel debacle, which was painful for their accountants. However, the strong backing from Ford’s top managers gave the Falcon project the green light. The immediate success and strong sales proved that Ford hit a home run with the compact yet roomy Falcon. However, the car was nothing special or innovative in terms of design or technology. It had unibody construction, a leaf spring suspension in the back, drum brakes, and a standard three-speed manual transmission. The secret of the Falcon’s success was its affordability.
Also, it came with a long list of options. Even though the standard model only had a 2.4-liter 90 HP engine, customers could get the bigger six-cylinder or the 260 V8. And the Falcon was available in several body styles including convertible, sedan delivery, and a three or five-door station wagon, broadening its appeal. Like the Chevrolet Corvair, the Falcon Wagon was one of the first compact station wagons that were popular with economy-oriented buyers. This was because it provided lots of space and usability to young families.