1963 Cayuse Falcon History and Detailed Automobile Description
In 1962-63 Ford Motor Company wanted to build a car that offered a sporty European look by restyling the Ford Falcon. Ford contracted Dearborn Steel and Tube, a company that offered services to Detroit auto manufactures to engineer and build concept transformations. Vince Gardner, one of the top automotive stylists in the country led the DST project. Vince headed the experimental design and styling group that included Andy Hotton.
“Project Cayuse” was completed in about 750 hours with the restyle of two 1963 Falcon convertibles.
The Cayuse Falcons featured many unique components and styling changes including:
Front-end treatment with horizontal chrome steel bar grill work that is surrounded by a fiberglass shell.
A new fiberglass hood that features a functional asymmetrical hood scoop.
Reshaped wheel wells and all Falcon emblems and lettering were removed.
The rear styling was also much different with horizontal chrome bar theme. In addition, customized tail light lenses, buckets and a rear license plate mount were used and moved to the rear tail light panel design.
The rear bumper was restyled and re-chromed after welding in a part from another bumper in the recessed area where the license plate normally mounts on a production 1963 Falcon convertible bumper.
The rear gas tank cap and fill neck was also repositioned to the inside trunk area.
The “Project Cayuse” cars were on display at the Ford Custom Caravan throughout the country in 1963. Although show attendees liked the styling concepts, Ford never used them on the Ford Falcon product line.
One of the most interesting things about the Cayuse Falcons concepts cars was that they were not crushed by Ford when the project ended. Both cars still survive today!
The 1963 Cayuse Falcons are the rarest Ford Falcons in existence. I own one of those Cayuse Falcons. I found my unique vehicle in Detroit Michigan. Previous owners include two Canadians.
Although it has been repainted it has not been modified or altered in any way since built. It has about 40 plus thousand original miles.
My Cayuse convertible is powered by a 170 cid Special Six with a Dagenham four speed transmission. It has bucket seats and it also has a very rare factory clock