Someone once said, “To know where you’re going, we have to know where you’ve been.” This quote rings loyal for many aspects of life. And carrying pronounced that, a Ford Blog has a special provide for we – a cold story doctrine on a blue oval’s iconic compress cars.

Ford has constructed some of a world’s many famous compacts given a shred became renouned in a 1960s. So get prepared to take a step behind in time – before a days of Twitter and Facebook – and see how these cars were a tiny array for a industry, both in terms of opening and technology. And check out all a totally overwhelming selected advertisements!


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Fun fact: a simple pattern of a Ford Falcon was borrowed by Ford’s designers of a strange Mustang.

This is Ford’s initial complicated compress car. Launched in 1960, it was constructed until 1970. The Falcon featured a front engine/rear-wheel expostulate pattern and was powered by a array of inline-6 cylinder and V8 engines. The strange engine offering 85 horsepower with 138 pound-feet of torque.

Throughout a years, a Falcon was offering in a accumulation of styles – from sedans to convertibles and even a Ranchero pickup. The Falcon was intensely renouned and perceived pattern updates in 1964 and 1966. In terms of record – well, let’s usually contend that chair belts, energy steering, energy brakes, a radio, a remote-control case recover and a parking stop warning light were discretionary on a 1964 model!


Fun fact: during introduction, extraneous paint carried particular names including Anti-Establish Mint, Hulla Blue, Original Cinnamon, Freudian Gilt or Thanks Vermillion — along with some-more infrequent names, including Black Jade, Champagne Gold, Gulfstream Aqua, Meadowlark Yellow, Brittany Blue, Lime Gold, Dresden Blue, Raven Black, Wimbledon White, and Candyapple Red.

Ford denounced a compress Maverick in 1970 as Falcon’s inheritor and it lived until 1977. Like a predecessor, a Maverick used rear-wheel expostulate and was accessible with a inline-6 cylinder and V8 engines producing 105 hp and 210 hp. It was creatively offering usually as a two-door sedan, yet a four-door chronicle and a hire automobile came in a following years.

In terms of technology, “Select Aire” AC could be ordered, yet a car’s effective movement complement done this unnecessary! Many pledge mechanics like a V8 Maverick since it could be tuned adult to get a Mustang’s power, yet during a most lighter weight and cost tag!


Fun fact: in 1979 and 1980 turbocharged Fairmont models were used by a California Highway Patrol. These engines were a same as a ones used in turbocharged Mustangs!

With gas prices on a rise, a Fairmont transposed a Maverick as Ford’s compress automobile from 1978 adult to 1983. It was Ford’s initial compress indication with a 4-cylinder engine, yet an inline-6 and V8 were also offered. Sedan, coupe and automobile versions were accessible during several times via a 5 year-history.

At a time, a Fairmont was deliberate a stylish and entirely complicated car, generally a Fairmont Futura, and gifted record sales in a initial year. The automobile was consistently praised for a glorious newcomer and load room, as good as fuel economy. Ford’s possess Thomas J. Feaheny pronounced it best: “It has many worldly engineering innovations, glorious package efficiency and great fuel economy. The Fairmont combines a best of both American and European record and beats a imports during their possess game.” The Ford tellurian plan was already in place!


Ford expelled a new Escort compress in 1981 to reinstate subcompact models, a Pinto and Fiesta. It was a company’s initial front-wheel-drive compress car. It became one of Ford’s all-time best-selling models, remaining in prolongation until 2003 with vital updates in 1990 and 1996.

It also came in a accumulation of hatchback, automobile and sedan configurations. The second era of a Escort was one of a initial Ford automobiles to underline a distributorless ignition. It also featured a new electronically tranquil 4-speed involuntary transmission, as good as an eccentric back suspension, both odd in cars of a time in this class.


Fun fact: Wind hovel contrast during a source of a Tempo resulted in some-more than 950 opposite pattern changes.

For 10 years (1984 to 1994), the Tempo was Ford’s approach of building towards a some-more ergonomic, environmentally friendly, fuel fit and aerodynamic pattern philosophy. It was Ford’s initial downsized compress car. Available as a sedan or coupe, it offering several inline 4 cylinders or V6 engines in certain indication years.

Like so many Ford compress cars, a Tempo was a insubordinate pattern that perceived few changes over time. Both a front windshield and back window were set during 60-degree angles, with a case of a automobile being placed aloft than a side windows to concede for larger fuel potency and airflow. While a automobile sole well, a creation and aerodynamic pattern paved a approach for a even some-more groundbreaking Ford Taurus. The 1985 Tempo became a initial prolongation sedan to underline a driver’s side airbag.








Since 2000, a Focus has filled Ford’s compress automobile segment. Like Ford’s strange compact, a Falcon, a Focus has been offering in a far-reaching accumulation of physique styles including a three- or five-door hatchback, a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe and a five-door wagon. And a initial era Focus, constructed until 2007, won countless awards.

The stream era is offering in sedan or hatchback, and is powered by a 2-litre inline-4 cylinder engine, that produces 160 hp with a involuntary transmission. It is also accessible in a some-more absolute and energetic version, a Focus ST, or with 0 glimmer in a 100% Electric version.

What is your favourite Ford compress car? Let us know in a comments below!