Lot 304 - 1964 Ford Falcon Futura ‘Two-door Pillarless Coupé’
|Odometer reading||27,622 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £22,960|
The Ford Falcon outsold its rival compacts from Chrysler and General Motors when it was introduced in the 1960's. It was powered by a small, lightweight 90hp straight-six with a single-barrel carburettor and recorded over half a million sold in the first year and over a million sold by the end of the second year. The year 1961 saw two new models introduced; a bucket-seat and console sedan model in a higher trim level called the Futura, and a sedan delivery. The two-door Futura sedan, introduced in 1962, sported a flat rear window in place of the panoramic window on earlier models to bring its design in line with other Ford cars of the era. A redesign changed the Falcon's looks for 1964 along with the 289ci, V8 motor and it is this incarnation that we see here today.
This example was a one owner vehicle from new from Oregon in the USA. The owner then passed away in 2009 and the car ended up at an auction in the UK. It was bought by the owner of a high-end sports car dealer in Scarborough who owned it personally until April 2012 when it was, once again, sold. The car had been re-sprayed in 2000 in its original factory colour of Dynasty Green, a Ford pearlescent pastel colour. The previous owner had some work done to it by a well-known hot rod shop in the UK just before it was purchased by the vendor. The works included front and rear suspension, front disc brakes, wheels and tyres and a stainless steel exhaust system. It remained largely unused during this time.
The previously fitted new circuit racing suspension system was then removed, checked over and refitted correctly, all front suspension bushes and the steering idler arm and bush were renewed and the engine bay was then taken back to bare metal and fully restored. Even the heater was removed and restored as well as its internal motor. The engine was then replaced with a low mileage 289, V8 complete with original 1964 Cobra restored inlet manifold with dual four-barrel Carter AFB 500 cfm carburettors and new ancillaries all round including electronic ignition to the new distributor, and an MSD unit hidden from view behind the glove box.
The Ford C4 gearbox, which had also been previously fitted at some point in place of the original Fordomatic, was checked over and had a quick shift kit installed. The column shift was retained for the old school, original look. Both prop universal joints were replaced and the petrol tank was uprated to a 16 gallon unit to give more miles between fill-ups!
Attention was next applied to the original interior with the dash only being resprayed and everything else meticulously cleaned. The Rocket Ignitor wheels were highly polished and re-fitted and the paint was then professionally cut back and polished with superb results.
As a result of this process, it has featured in magazine articles and even a film entitled, 'Falcon'. It has also been well received at many car shows since 2012 and has won many trophies as a result including the Judges Choice at the Hot Rod Nationals in Ipswich last year. Quite an accolade.
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