Sleeper awake: 1962 Ford Falcon

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Ford Falcon
Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of this Falcon?

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.

Ford Falcon
Restored to its original look

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).”

Ford Falcon
The dual exhaust provides a clue

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.”

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Ford Falcon
Ready to rumble

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.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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  1. This falcon caught my eye because I used to drive one of these as a company car. It only had the six cylinder in it…but it was a thrill to drive it. I worked for the telephone company and was part of a central office crew that maintained several small offices in our area. There was one office in Castroville on the coast which was about 15 miles from the larger office that we worked out of in North Salinas. There was a lightly traveled straight road between the two offices and because we couldn’t work any overtime…I would many times have to make haste to get back and clock out on time. That little falcon must have been geared pretty high because I had it up to 90 plus mph on that stretch of road when I had the road to myself. I loved that little car and just about cried when my supervisor thought he was doing me a favor by replacing it with a newer ugly old rambler.

  2. My first car was a 1961 Falcon that was purchased in 1965. The 170 ci 6 was already shot. The next summer I replaced it with a 289 ci from a wrecked Galaxy. I stuffed F70x14 Wide Ovals under the back (Largest that would not rub). It looked like a beater but it hauled like a scolded cat. Sure surprised a lot of Camaros for the next few years. Wish I had it back.

    • My first car was a 62 Falcon Futura, bucket seats, console, a 170ci 6 and a 3 speed manual. Prior owner had installed 3 one barrel carburetors, chrome pots, Mallory dual point ignition and an Edelbrock aluminum valve cover. Looked meaner than it was. I had the 3 speed stick moved to the floor with a custom shifter. I bought it in 65 and surprised a lot of early Mustang owners. Once those 3 one’s kicked in (and there was a delay) it got up and went. Had a lot of fun with that car. Blew the rear and trans over the years but it was inexpensive to repair. I tried to research the VIN with Liberty Mutual but their records only go back to the early 80’s. Wish I still had it.

  3. I bought a 1962 Falcon Futura, aqua w/bucket seats back in 1967 when I got back from Viet Nam. Best car I ever had!
    One night, differential locked up in the middle of the freeway and got rear-ended. Tow truck took it away and never saw my car again. After all these years i am still looking for another car like that, that I can afford!
    I have not been able to find the same car, and those that look like it are way out of my price range!

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