Lot 226 - 1961 Ford Falcon
|Odometer reading||62,500 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £18,760|
- A UK registered Falcon restored to the highest standards
- Incredible attention to detail
- A delightful classic American automobile
We are delighted to offer this beautiful 1961 Ford Falcon that has been restored to an outstanding standard. This Falcon arrived into the UK, circa 1984, in a very poor state whereupon it stood for some years until being acquired by a gentleman, in 1997, who had a vision of restoring this car to the standard on display today. Employing two full time specialists in his workshop, this vision was not realised until 2013, after the car had undergone a year of full time restoration.
The Falcon was completely stripped of all parts and the bodyshell sandblasted with all areas of corrosion replaced or fabricated and finished in the original colour of Cambridge Blue metallic. All mechanical parts, including suspension, brakes, and the wiring harness were not only rebuilt, overhauled or replaced, but also finished to the highest standard. The highly respected motor engineers, Belcher Engineering, rebuilt the engine, manual three-speed gearbox, rear axle and steering box. Over £30,000 of receipts sit on file. This is by no means all that was spent, as there is no record for many parts, including the chrome or labour; it is estimated that the total cost of this restoration was in excess of £100,000. The correct interior materials, including the headlining, were sourced from the USA and, we think you will agree, have been trimmed to an extraordinary standard, matching the incredible detail of this Falcon. Such is that detail, that, you may not have noticed that some of the side chrome strips, that were missing when the car arrived in the UK, have been hand fabricated and finished; we cannot spot which ones these were and you certainly cannot see the fabricated, bronze window winder rollers tucked away in the doors. Front lap belts are fitted and an original FM period radio, again sourced from the USA, has been fitted. All screen and door rubbers have been replaced as well of a set of whitewall tyres. We are informed that the silky smooth 170 cubic inch (2.8 litre) straight six engine starts and runs easily with drive transferred via the three-speed, floor mounted, manual gearbox, resulting with the car driving the way you would expect with a restoration of this quality. With less than 1,000 miles since its completion, this Falcon comes complete with its history file, photographs of before, during and post restoration, a UK V5C registration document and is surely a potential prize winning car that is ready to be enjoyed immediately.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.