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


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.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


  1. 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
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  2. 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.

  3. I have always loved the 63 Sprint, a very hot little car in it’s time. When the Sprint came out I was a new mechanic at a Ford garage and as the newbie was assigned all of the "1863" or Warranty Work. Most of which consisted of rebuilding blown motors is Falcon Sprints. The factory 4 speed had such wide gates and was so sloppy that it was almost impossible to speed shift – the result being missed shifts with the pedal on the floor and a car already at red line (or above). In my part of the world the Falcon Sprint in either the slant roof or convertible was the high school graduation gift of choice. I think they cost less than $2000.00 fresh off the truck so they were very affordable. Please don’t think for a second that because I rebuilt so many "260’s" that they were a bad motor. Far From It. That little motor with just a little help, dual exhaust, and a four barrel would make close to 270 hp. In a car that light they were very quick and blew away Nova’s with their small V-8 quite easily. It wasn’t until Chevy stuffed big block into the Nova that they became a threat to fast little Falcon. Over shadowed by the Mustang, the Falcon never got it’s due and it’s a shame because they were a great little car!


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