Little Old Squire: 1962 Falcon Wagon

Falcon

Pet peeve of mine: flippers that don’t even take the car off the trailer before photographing it to sell it. Nevertheless, this is a cool find and I haven’t seen many of them, especially with “little old lady” provenance! My first automotive recollections are from the back seat of a 1963 Falcon Wagon, although ours was a base model. This Falcon Squire is located in Eureka, Montana and is up for sale here on eBay with bidding currently at $500 but reserve not yet met. This car was owned from new until 1997 by the classic “little old lady,” and then has spent from 1997 until now in a barn. There’s only one spot of rust according to the seller, and it’s in the driver’s side rear quarter panel. Repair panels are available from several specialists, so a fix for this car would be pretty straight forward. I believe the color is Wimbledon White, and the line formed by the wood grain trim would allow a fix without disturbing the original paint on the rest of the car. I love the pie plate center caps and the general honest appearance of the car. I’d love to take this home, but Montana is a bit far to go. Would you make the trip? Tell us in the comments below! Thanks go to Jim S for this tip!

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Comments

  1. L.M.K. Member

    I really like this wagon….. It could be stunning with the proper attention…& or enjoy it as is with the patina is has earned….

  2. JW

    I agree if he drove it around enough to describe the mechanicals and brakes WHY load it on a trailer to take pictures. Another words the only driving he did was to get it from the barn to up on the trailer. Nice Falcon though.

  3. Mike D

    what a find! while it would be OK to drive as is ( bring it up to car inspection standards) It would be a looker with fresh paint, rebuilt original engine and repair it’s ” faults” the seller states these ” simple fixes” why doesn’t fix them himself? This one I would have to leave ” stock” with bare minimum ” upgrades” these were cheap for the day family haulers when you couldn’t afford the bigger more luxurious Galaxie

  4. Charles

    What a cool little car! This could be a fun hauler for the right person.

  5. Tim

    You would cut into that body and weld panels in? It’s virtually perfect, and you would destroy the woodgraining.. The paint would never match again, and the car would cease to be original. Whats wrong with accepting a tiny rust spot as a right of passage and just appreciating the old car for what it is? Why is the first ‘thing I’d do’ always some major changes? ‘If I bought a Van Gogh, I’d just have a new canvass put on and have the front repainted. New frame and she’ll be ready for the wall’.. Lol, if you’re really passionate about automotive history, you would preserve it, not strip it cut it and make it new. It turns me off when I see a nice survivor and everyone wants to change it and “fix it”. Original is only once.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      @Tim — I understand your point, but being a mechanical engineer by training I like all the metal that was originally there to be there. What I was proposing was to just repair the rocker where the rust is…not cut into the woodgraining! Think of it as a “sympathetic” repair :-)

      • Tim

        Jamie,
        I didn’t mean to come off in a bad tone, sometimes automotive passion gets in the way! I consider myself a preservationist, and while I appreciate repairing structural and major damage, I too often see people destroy a nice original for a superficial cosmetic repair. Often a welded in patch panel will ruin the surrounding paint, and patina doesn’t come in a can!! So I see both points of view, and in many cases a car is very common or in a condition where preserving its factory originality is not longer sensical. It breaks my heart when true survivor cars get bought up after 50 plus years of surviving and are immediately stripped, everything high glossed, 12v and hydraulic discs installed, etc. when if the original parts are properly renewed, everything will work fine (except maybe the 1500w sound system)… But really, if you want independent suspension, a 350 v8 automatic and disc brakes.. Buy a damn camaro instead of destroying a solid, rare and original 32 Ford or the like. It’s more fun to appreciate the vintage for what it was than to modernize everything until it’s lost all its charm and character. Just my thoughts :)

  6. RayT Member

    A high-school friend had one almost exactly like this back in ’66, except with an automatic. Bog slow, but a decent runabout car. He ran it out of oil, and the engine began to seize. After it cooled off and oil was added, it ran just as well as before….

    I dig it, and would want to get rid of rust, spruce up paint and interior as needed. Not a big fan of patina/rust that inevitably causes problems later.

    Now that it’s at $3500 or so, it doesn’t seem quite as charming, but a lot of that is because I can remember seeing better examples for less back in the day. Still, I understand the appeal!

    • don

      cool wagon, but the $3500 & change and reserve not meet yet might be pushing it a little.

  7. fred

    I remember the 144 six and AT as being the most agonizingly slow car of the day, short of the VW bus. Hopefully this one has the larger engine. Or maybe all wagons do.

  8. guggie

    My Mom had one of these new , what a load small weak six with a 2 speed auto , but it was good on gas !! engine pooped out at 26000 k , I rebuilt it for her and Dad traded it off !!

  9. GregS

    My family’s 1962 Falcon 2 door wagon. Parents said it was the cheapest new car on the lot. It had a 144, 3 on the tree that got us by just fine for the time.

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