I’ve always liked the idea of a classic sleeper, that is, an ordinary-looking car that’s packed with performance and ready to surprise all challengers. I had a hot-rod buddy who took a mundane ’65 Rambler American, kept its stock looks and interior but dropped in some outrageous V8 drivetrain. A wolf in sheep’s clothing.
The Pick of the Day seems to be along those lines, a 1962 Ford Falcon coupe that appears to be nicely restored to its original, low-key appearance, but is set up to run with the hottest of them.
The Henderson, Nevada, dealer advertising the Ford Falcon on ClassicCars.com starts out with a routine description of the restoration work, before dropping the bomb on what’s lurking under its hood.
“This car underwent a full restoration and every inch of this car shows the effort,” the ad reads. “The exterior has a high-quality white-on-red paint job, and this Falcon stands out even more with its matching red wheels with chrome hub caps.
“Inside not only does this car look good with all-new two-tone interior, but will keep you cool with a Vintage Air setup (blows cold).”
Wait for it…
“The best part of the car is the 320-hp 302 CID V8 packed under the hood with Edelbrock carburetor, aluminum heads w/roller rocker valves, ceramic coated headers, aluminum radiator w/electric fans,” the seller notes. “The engine is backed up by a C4 transmission shifted through a Lokar shifter. This Falcon is equipped with eight-inch posi rear end w/3.55 gears, front disc brakes and rack-and-pinion power steering.”
That should make for some fierce performance for this lightweight Ford Falcon, which would seem so factory-original on the outside, unless you hear the V8 burble as it sits at the traffic light.
The Falcon appears to be very clean and restored/rodded to a high standard, and the asking price of $34,900 reflects its condition.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.