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Own Jimmy Buffett’s 1963½ Ford Falcon Sprint!

Attention, Parrotheads, this is the real macaw

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Much to the disappointment of tropically inclined Baby Boomers everywhere, Jimmy Buffett passed away last September due to skin cancer. His music lives on radios and a SiriusXM station around the world, as does a certain 1963½ Ford Falcon Sprint convertible that he used to own. Now you can be the new caretaker of this parrot-headed Blue Oval ragtop on at the GAA Classic Cars Auction on February 24, 2024.

Ford Falcon history can be confusing, but the Sprint was a mid-year 1963 model that took the bucket-seat Futura one step further due to a semi-fastback roofline for the two-door hardtop (a convertible also was available) and a standard V8 engine, in this case a 260 two-barrel.

Jimmy Buffett came to acquire this Falcon Sprint convertible in the early 1980s after sending a letter to Classic Sixties magazine about his desire for a Falcon, a car he had previously owned when he was young  starving artist. The planets aligned and he quickly found a four-speed Sprint convertible in Oregon. Over time, the Sprint’s induction system was changed to a Holley four-barrel and intake. Buffet also added a roll bar to handle his surf boards, Australian sheepskin seat covers, and what’s characterized as an “extravagant” sound system. Looking at the images, it appears that the original steering wheel has been replaced as well.

The sale of this Ford will also include a surfboard and signed Fender Squire Stratocaster guitar with a certificate of authenticity.  

If you’re a Parrothead, then this is an amazing opportunity to own the 1963½ Ford Falcon Sprint ragtop formerly owned by your favorite singer. Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on GAA’s website on February 24, 2024!

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Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Oh this is wild! I’m one of those aging boomers and used to see Jimmy driving his red rusty falcon convertible in the mid to late ‘70s in Key West and parked near his little shop in Lands End Village. Only it wasn’t “convertible” – it had a top frame, but no fabric cover!!!

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