In the pre-1960 days, U.S. Fords were one-size-fits-all. It’s true that the company began importing English and German Fords in the 1950s to counter the burgeoning success of VW, Renault, Austin, and others, but the domestic Fords were the overwhelming majority of what the company sold. Until the Falcon - which broke the line into the “standard size” Fords as they’d’ always existed and the “compact” Falcon. But there was more of a market than just two sizes - and in less than 20 months Ford was ready with it’s first “mid-size” car - borrowing the name from the old Ford family estate in Dearborn and which already applied to high-trim versions of the regular Fords in the 50s - #Fairlane. The original #FordFairlane was bigger than a Falcon, but considerably smaller than a Galaxie. But like all of the small cars introduced by the Big 3 in the early sixties, it began to grow almost immediately. By 1967 the Falcon had grown to a car almost as big as the original Fairlane, while the Fairlane was now ten inches shorter than the 1962 full-size Fords. The name received a mixed reception, and in 1968 the Fairlane #Torino became the top-spec, with the Torino quickly outpacing the regular Fairlanes. With the Falcon and Fairlane on the wane, both were consolidated into a weird one-year-only set of cars for 1970. The Falcon, now superceded by the Maverick, became the “Torino Falcon” - a base-spec #FordTorino with few options. The only Fairlane left in the lineup was the #Fairlane500 - not much more plush than the Torino falcon but at least still available as a two-door hardtop. the vast majority of mid-size Fords - having now grown to proportions equal to the 1962 full-sizes - were Torinos - in three series, Torino, Torino Brougham, and Torino GT. The Torino Falcon and Fairlane 500 benefitted from the sharp restyle that all of these cars got for 1970, but they were hardly promoted, and at the end of the model year both went away forever. This is one of those very last U.S. Fairlane 500s - the name continued in other markets.
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