The Falcon Ute is living on borrowed time but that hasn't stopped Ford from celebrating the 80th anniversary of the original Ute.

The Falcon Ute is living on borrowed time but that hasn't stopped Ford from celebrating the 80th anniversary of the original Ute.

The story starts back in 1933 when Ford Australia Managing Director Hubert French received a letter from a farmer’s wife saying “My husband and I can’t afford a car and a truck but we need a car to go to church on Sunday and a truck to take the pigs to market on Monday. Can you help?”

French passed the letter onto design engineer Lewis Bandt who ended up creating the first Ute. It was essentially a fully enclosed coupe with a steel bed which earned it the "coupe-utility" nickname. The model also featured a V8 engine and a three-speed manual transmission.

The Ute went into production in 1934 and the first model was sold to a Melbourne-area farmer in February of that year. Sales were brisk and 22,000 Utes were sold between 1940 and 1954. The Falcon Ute was eventually introduced in 1961 and would go to sell more than 455,000 units.

 

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