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.
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.
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.
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.