Lot 310: Ford Falcon Futura
The 1963-1965 Ford Falcon Futura Sprint models represented an evolution in Ford's design approach over a brief period of years, and few would have thought of the first Falcons, debuting for the 1960 model year, as cars that excite. The appearance of the Futura two-door by 1962, with bucket seats no less, sparked just a twinge of interest among the sporty set. But only a twinge. After all, Falcons were powered by a minimalist 144-cid six: easy to service, reliable enough, but anemic when hitting the pedal, especially when equipped with two-speed Fordomatic. Upgrading to the bigger 170-cid six with its 101 horsepower didn't deliver a vast improvement. Falcons rode pleasantly and were surprisingly roomy inside -- but rarely delivered thrills. Then came 1963, and two big changes: arrival of a pretty little Falcon Futura convertible, accompanied by installation of a V-8 engine in the Sprint series added at midyear. A Sprint hardtop coupe also became available, which wore the rounded Falcon body quite well, with its restyled horizontal-bar grille. The first of the V8s was a "Challenger" small-block of 260-cid displacement, cranking out 164 horsepower. Not until late in 1964 did a bigger 289 arrive, jacking output up to 200 bhp. Stuffing in a V8 gave Falcons a much-needed performance boost, but without losing much of the fuel economy for which they had become famous. The example on offer here was delivered to its first owner in Oregon in 1964, where it has remained for most of its life. Described by the vendor as being in very good condition throughout, it has benefited from a professional re-spray, completed some years ago and is still in near flawless condition in its original pale blue colour, with the matching interior also described as excellent. This Falcon has the original 260 cubic inch V8 motor, with an aftermarket performance intake manifold and Holley carburettor. It has had the original 2-speed auto box replaced with a later "C4" 3-speed auto transmission and a dual exhaust system. In addition, this Falcon could certainly be used as an excellent base for a race/rally car with no need for expensive rectification to body or underpinnings. Complete with a the original radio, owners manual, handbook, two sets of keys, an MoT test certificate until November 2010 and a valid UK registration, this is an excellent chance to acquire a car which is notable as being the precursor to the legendary Mustang.
Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars|
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|Registration number||PRX 922B|
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|Number of doors||2|