Ford Falcon was introduced in 1960, aimed at folks who found that full-size American cars were too big and ungainly, and sucked down too much gas. The onslaught of small cars from Europe, especially the Volkswagen Beetle, convinced domestic automakers to introduce their own compact cars.
The Falcon was a huge hit for Ford. Soon, sporty upgrades were added to the lineup, such as the Pick of the Day, a gorgeous little 1963 Ford Falcon Futura hardtop.
In black with a white top, this Falcon looks exceptionally clean in the gallery of photos presented with the ClassicCars.com advertisement from a Fredericksburg, Texas, collector car dealer. The shiny paint and chrome are set off by chrome reverse wheels with moon hubcaps, although the original wheels and hubcaps come with the car for a factory look.
“This car is in really nice shape, the paint is beautiful and shines really well,” the seller says in the ad. “The factory bucket-seat interior is in great shape and retains the factory console.”
The Falcon is powered by its factory 170 Special Six, the larger-displacement inline-6 rated at 101 horsepower. While the lion’s share of these cars came with 2-speed automatic transmissions, this Futura benefits from an original 4-speed manual with floor-mounted shifter linked to a 3.50 rear. That should be a fun combination that should make this Falcon drive as good as it looks.
The spotless engine bay is dressed up with chrome valve cover, air cleaner and shock-tower tops. Also under the hood can be seen the desirable mechanical upgrade of a modern Ford air-conditioning unit, plus an aluminum radiator “to keep you both cool,” the seller says.
The car also has an aftermarket AM/FM audio system.
The Futura is a consistent hit at local car shows and has won several trophies, the dealer says, because of its unusually nice condition and relative rarity. “You see Mustangs all the time but hardly ever see a Futura Falcon like this.”
The asking price for this Falcon is $20,950.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.