It's official: the Ford Falcon, one of Australia's most iconic and oldest nameplates, will be dead by 2016.

Ford signed the Falcon's death certificate this morning by announcing it will close its Australian factories by October 2016.

So in the wake of this news, we thought it appropriate to crack open Wheels' archives and pay tribute to one of Australia's most enduring icons, with this – a pictorial history of the Ford Falcon.