1961 Ford Falcon
You'll be hard-pressed to find a garden-variety used car, let alone a cool vintage car with a strong-running V8, a stylish interior, and plenty of creature comforts for less than the price tag on this 1962 Ford Falcon. Why not commute in style instead of in some anonymous rental return? Despite its tidy dimensions, Ford packs a lot of style into its popular compact model. Looking a lot like a 7/8-size Galaxie, it has a bit of Thunderbird in the front fenders, a slick hood scoop, and, of course, Ford's attractive jet-inspired taillights. The handsome medium blue paint job on this one accentuates the crisp body lines and looks right on the vintage sheetmetal, giving this affordable classic a very upscale look. The workmanship is decent for being 20 years old, suggesting that someone obviously did this one with love rather than profit as their motive. It's been touched up and there are signs of use, but there are no issues that should worry a new owner and at this price, expecting perfection isn't reasonable anyway. There's a lot of brightwork that will satisfy any fan of the era, from the nicely detailed grille to the shiny bumpers to the neat jet exhaust taillights that were a Ford signature for many years. The interior isn't totally correct, but it sure looks great! Those are the original seats, now covered with handsome tan fabric and vinyl seat covers that duplicate the original patterns and are a lot more comfortable than the original vinyl. Contrasting with the bright blue bodywork, it's a combination that works well and gives the interior a bright, cheerful look. They also made up a set of matching door panels, and fitted tan carpets and painted the dash and door sills to match the bodywork, so it's clear that some money has been spent here. There's an under-dash A/C unit that works just fine, and they built a mini console underneath to house a set of auxiliary gauges. The original AM radio's in the dash, the steering wheel is a matching LaCarrera unit wrapped in tan leather, and it has a look that says you can jump in and go any time. And despite being a small car, this Falcon has a spacious trunk with custom side panels, matching tweed floor, and a full-sized spare. They say that everything goes in cycles, and despite the horsepower wars warming up in the early '60s, and this Falcon certainly delivers with a 302 cubic inch V8. You could get a 260, so the swap looks natural and with a 4-barrel carburetor on a Weiand intake manifold, it's plenty strong. It's properly tuned, too, so it starts easily and idles smoothly, and the hit of torque available at any speed will prove to be addictive. The engine bay is tidy, if not dressed for show, although the engine wears a set of chrome valve covers and an open-element air cleaner to dress things up a bit. There's also a thick aluminum radiator up front and it exhales through a recent dual exhaust system with a great Ford sound. The C4 3-speed automatic shifts well and spins the original 8-inch rear end and the front end has been upgraded with a Grande suspension that includes disc brakes. Wheels that look like vintage Magnum 500s are a great choice and carry 195/75/14 blackwall radials all around. Whatever you're looking for, whether it's an affordable hobby car or just fast, fun transportation, this Falcon delivers. Call today!