In 1960, Ford Canada introduced the Frontenac in order to give Mercury-Meteor dealers a compact to sell. Produced for the 1960 model year only, the Frontenac was essentially a 1960 Falcon with its own unique grille, tail lights and external trim including red maple leaf insignias. It was the second-best selling compact in Canada during its one year (5% of Ford's total Canadian output), but the Frontenac was discontinued and replaced by the Mercury Comet for 1961. A total of 9,536 Frontenacs were built at its Oakville, Ontario plant.
The Frontenac is another example of U.S. automakers' attempts to market slight variations of U.S. models as unique Canadian makes. Like Ford's Monarch and Meteor brands, the Frontenac was not part of the Ford or Meteor line. It was its own marque, and was marketed as such. The Frontenac was named after a late 17th century governor of New France.
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