When is a Mustang not a Mustang? When it’s a Falcon

When is a Mustang not a Mustang? When it’s a Falcon

The Pick of the Day is a V8-powered Sprint version of the Ford compact convertible

The Falcon was Ford’s entry into the compact car market and took the segment — which included Corvair, Nova, Valiant and Lark — by storm, outselling each of them over time and basically dominating the compact market.

Later, its underpinnings  were used extensively to launch a new American car segment, the pony car, with the introduction of the Ford Mustang in 1964. So, with a Falcon V8, you get a lot of Mustang DNA in a more practical package.

Falcon Sprint

The power top appears to be in decent shape

The Pick of the Day is one of the first-generation cars that predates the Mustang, a 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible with a very desirable 260 ci V8 that is original to the car. Of the various generations of the Ford compact, my favorite is the first, with models built between 1960 and 1963, which had the purest styling and the best interiors.

The Falcon is a rare unmodified Sprint that has a solid undercarriage and a nice interior with factory bucket seats, according to the Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, dealer advertising the convertible on ClassicCars.com. The car features automatic transmission, power steering, power top, factory wire-wheel covers, factory tachometer and a special Sprint steering wheel.

Falcon Sprint

The Sprint interior is a sporty Falcon upgrade

The photos with the ad show an apparently well-cared-for Falcon with good paint, a top in excellent shape and what appears to be a pristine interior. All in all, this looks to be a nice collector car with no hot rod modifications; many V8 Falcons have received later V8 engines and other modern upgrades, but this car still has its original 260 V8 combined with the Sprint interior and other original options.

This would be an ideal car for taking to local shows or just driving and enjoying life with the top down. As an added originality bonus, the Falcon seems to retain its factory radio.

Falcon Sprint

The Falcon is powered by its original 260 V8 though with some chrome extras

Falcons were once easy to find in good condition at reasonable prices, but as values of collector cars have increased across the board, Falcons that are both nice and affordable have become harder to find, so this one is worth consideration.

A comparable Chevy Nova convertible with a factory V8 would cost nearly twice the $21,000 asking price of this Falcon Sprint, which makes it look like a strong buy.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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  • Thomas Jones
    August 1, 2018, 7:48 AM

    Is this car sprint convert still available if so were can I see it

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    • Larry Matheny@Thomas Jones
      August 1, 2018, 3:24 PM

      I would drive this one. What do I need to pay to have this

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      • Doug Sikes@Larry Matheny
        August 3, 2018, 7:53 AM

        i’ve got one of these with a four-speed, Corinthian white with red interior and i love it. Fun to drive.

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  • HUGH "BABE" O'Donnell
    August 1, 2018, 10:09 AM

    I owned a 1962 Ford Falcon the color was burgundy and it was a 6-cylinder, my Dad did not believe in racing. I was 21 years old my first car the trouble with the 6-cycle engine was they had to install a Manual choke so it would start easily. My next car was a 66 Ford Fairlane 8 cycle and it was fast
    Nice web page you have and very in-lightning to all your many fans

    THE EMPEROR OF PITTSBURGH, Pa. CAR CRUISES

    HUGH "BABE" O’DONNELL
    412 469-0050

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  • James McIntire
    August 2, 2018, 5:14 AM

    This car is really interesting and very much worth considering! Falcon’s are just common enough that everyone knows what they are, but unique enough that not everyone has one. The next owner of this would likely be the only Falcon at the Ford night of their local car cruise.

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