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Patagonian desert flower – 1976 Ford Falcon – Junk car

March 31, 2011

by Seb Perez

A few years ago I was traveling through Argentina, crossing the patagonian desert on my way to Bariloche just when I came across this great desert flower and I had to hit the brakes for a photo session.

What you see here was once a 1976 Ford Falcon more or less like the one in the picture below. The Ford Falcon was build in Argentina from 1962 until 1982 keeping almost the same body with little modifications throughout all those years.


It was a terrible hot afternoon and we already ‘ve been traveling through the desert for hours, but I had to stop. My girlfriend -who loves me and has lots of patience- was waiting for me while paying attention for snakes, scorpions and other desert beasts that might want to attack me while I was lost in my thoughts during this photo session.

This car is a very special car not only for Argentina but also for us as well as our father used to own one while we were kids. He had a Falcon Sprint -the sport version of the Falcon- in blue like this one below.


Anyway, this desert flower was not so lucky as the other fellow Falcons over here, but it’s still a very special one. There are not two cars like this one. A great piece of art in the middle of the patagonian desert.

This pictures might serve as inspiration for a scale model some day. I can already imagine a little desert diorama including a car like this rusting on it.

Enjoy the pictures!





Tony in Ontario, Canada March 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Wow, I can see why you HAD to photograph it!!

james March 31, 2011 at 10:27 pm

One tends to wonder how it ended up there like that.

Craig Beede April 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Can’t get over how much they look like early 60s American Falcons.

Gene April 3, 2011 at 1:48 am

That is sweet the pics of the un-junk ones look so much like the old ones here in the states but slightly different, any resin casters out there?

Iggy April 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

I don’t know if there are resin casts of this kind of Falcon. We do have some guys from Argentina in our email list and among our blog readers. Maybe they can tell us if somebody issued these as resin kits in Argentina? I hope they are reading.

Basically, the first Ford Falcon they built in Argentina was pretty similar to the first one in the sates. Those you comment are just one of the numerous facelifts. To give you a clue about how many facelifts the Falcon had in Argentina: the car was built from 1962 to 1991 (4 door, Station Wagon and Ranchero – sadly no convertible nor 2 door). I just found this wikipedia link with more infos on the car

Don~~In Florida April 3, 2011 at 4:08 am

Thanks for the pictures of a piece of our american travels in the 60’s & still today. Great car, rusted for years & still here

Tony Murdoch March 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Love your old rusty vehicle photos. There is a pix of an old Studebaker truck in the middle/top of your webside page. Is this a plastic model or die-cast? Where could I find one? Have a thing for anything Studebaker as my Dad owned three of them. Thanks, Tony
p.s. How do I upload as I have a pix I would like to submit?

Seb March 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Hi Tony, thanks for the feedback! If you mean the blue pickup on banner picture of our website, it is a ’50 Chevy Pickup, plastic model kit from AMT.
You can upload your stuff on our facebook page. If you don’t have a facebook account, you can send the pics to us by email (info at modeljunkyard dot com). Every now and then we post projects of our readers. We will include a feature in the future to make it possible for readers to post their images on our site.

Claudio March 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Iggy ,
wonderfull car , I remember when i was a boy in 60-70′ , Ford falcon Argentina turist
traveling for Chile , fast car in this time .


Lisandro March 30, 2014 at 8:23 am

The Ford Falcon is not just a car, it is a passion for Ford supporters. Its manufacturing ended in 1991 but is a vehicle that is currently on the street, surrounded by modern vehicles. I have a model 1971 Falcon Bed which I use to transport and blacksmith work. like many who use this vehicle for our independent work. we love the Ford Falcon.

Seb Perez March 31, 2014 at 10:30 am

Hi Lisandro, thanks for the feedback! The Ford Falcon is indeed a passion, specially in Argentina. Lucky you to own a Falcon! I would love to have one, some day maybe.

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