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The star of the Forney Museum of Transportation’s new exhibit, The Phenomenal Ford Falcons, proves that history repeats itself — especially in the American auto industry. “The Falcons are one of a handful of what would then be considered ‘economy cars’ that were introduced to compete with the imports during the 1960s,” says Forney director Christof Kheim. “The big three kind of woke up and said, ‘Uh-oh, all we’re producing are these massive land yachts.’”

Competing with foreign-made compact cars isn’t the Falcon’s only claim to fame. The Falcon also paved the way for another, more popular model. “The Falcon was the basis for the Mustang,” Kheim notes. “Ford basically put a different body on the chassis — that was one of the early ways to save production costs.”

The Phenomenal Ford Falcons is a traveling show that will run through October at the Forney, but the museum also has a number of other exhibits and displays, including Amelia Earhart’s Gold Bug Kissel, a Big Boy steam locomotive and an assortment of wax figurines. The museum is located at 4303 Brighton Boulevard, and access to all exhibits comes with admission, which is $8 for adults, $4 for children and $6 for seniors — and $1 off with military, firefighter or police officer ID. For more information, go to www.forneymuseum.org.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Aug. 1. Continues through Oct. 31, 2011

 
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