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1962 Ford XL Falcon Deluxe sedan. at the 2013 National Motoring Heritage Day, The Entrance, NSW PM

1962 Ford XL Falcon Deluxe sedan. at the 2013 National Motoring Heritage Day display, The Entrance, NSW by Paul McCurley - Flickr.com

The Ford XL Falcon is an automobile which was produced by Ford Australia from August 1962 to February 1964.

Introduction

The XL Falcon was introduced in August 1962, replacing the XK Falcon which had been in production since 1960. Visual changes from the XK included a new convex grille, bumper mounted park/turn lights, new taillights, and a revised, squared off roofline (on the sedans) which was promoted as the “Thunderbird roofline”. Other changes included a new gearbox, new clutch, new starter motor, new air cleaner, new suspension system and a new carburettor.

Model range

The XL Falcon passenger car range included four-door sedan and five-door station wagon body styles in three trim levels. The six models were marketed as follows:

  • Falcon Sedan
  • Falcon Deluxe Sedan
  • Falcon Futura Sedan
  • Falcon Station Wagon
  • Falcon Deluxe Station Wagon
  • Falcon Squire Wagon

The luxury Futura Sedan and Squire Wagon models were new for the XL series, the latter featuring simulated woodgrain side and rear panels.

Commercial vehicle derivatives were available in two-door coupe utility and two-door panel van body styles in two trim levels. The four models were marketed as follows:

  • Falcon Utility
  • Falcon Deluxe Utility
  • Falcon Sedan Delivery
  • Falcon Deluxe Sedan Delivery

Engines and transmissions

The standard 144-cubic-inch (2.4-litre) 6-cylinder engine was supplemented by an optional 170-cubic-inch (2.8-litre) 6-cylinder “Pursuit 170” engine introduced in October 1962. A three-speed manual gearbox was standard, with a two-speed ”Fordomatic” automatic transmission available as an option.

Production

The XL Falcon was replaced by the XM Falcon in February 1964, production having totaled 75,765 units.

Motor sport

An XL Falcon driven by Bob Jane and Harry Firth was “first across the line” in the 1962 Armstrong 500, a production car endurance race which was the forerunner of the Bathurst 1000 event.