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The cool thing about early Falcons is that they're every bit as much fun to drive as an early Mustang, but far less common. If you're looking for something a little different with a pony car punch under the hood, this 1965 Ford Falcon hardtop might be just what you need.
That brilliant black paint job surely didn't come cheap, and it's a refreshing change to see a Falcon dressed to the 9s; it almost looks like a miniature Galaxie, especially with that white accent stripe on its flanks. There are no modifications, not even a scoop on the hood, adding to the car's low-profile cool, but nobody will overlook this one at a show, not when it looks this good. All the chrome and trim was restored, the weather-stripping and emblems are new, and the grill is original to the car. Out back you have twin round taillights surely designed to resemble a pair of jet exhausts. There really is a lot to admire here.
Falcon fans will not be disappointed by the restored interior, which offers a no-nonsense look that's perfect for Ford's racy compact. The bench seat has been restored using reproduction seat covers that nail the 1960s look and the ornate dash looks far more upscale than you'd expect from a reasonably-priced car. The original wheel frames a set of gauges that should look familiar to anyone who has driven an early Mustang, and there are no deviations from stock inside, making this one of the best restored Falcons we've seen in a long, long time. The original AM radio still lives in the center of the dash, and aside from heat and defrost, plus power steering, this car is pretty basic, which is how we like them best. The trunk has been properly restored, offering a plaid mat and spare tire cover, because nobody said that just because a Falcon was in expensive, it had to look it. This car is top-shelf all the way.
Power comes in the form of a 289 cubic inch V8 that appears to be this car's original engine. The car was purchased from the second owner and he rebuilt the engine in 2004, so it runs superbly and offers plenty of power in the lightweight Falcon. It's neatly outfitted with correct gold valve covers and matching air cleaner, all affixed to a black block and heads, which was how Ford was doing it in 1965. Modifications are limited to easy things like the plug wires, but otherwise it's quite stock. There's new wiring throughout, curing that particular issue in an old car, and with power steering, this car feels agile and easy to handle. The C4 3-speed automatic transmission snaps through the gears with ease and there's an 8-inch rear end out back with 3.00 gears inside, making it very street-friendly. The undercarriage is original but it's lived in a warm, dry place, and we have to admit that we love the way the dual exhaust sounds exhaling through twin glasspack-style mufflers. Classic American Racing Torque Thrust wheels are the lone modification to the exterior and look great with blackwall radials for a performance vibe.
If you're a Ford fan looking for something that moves like a Mustang but isn't a Mustang, this fantastic Falcon certainly deserves a closer look. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Vinyl Interior
- Power Steering
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