200CI STRAIGHT SIX, CALIFORNIA FALCON, PALOMINO BUCKET INTERIOR, POWER STEERING
You hear about California cars all the time, but are they really all that special? Have a closer look at this handsome 1964 Ford Falcon hardtop and maybe you'll see why west coast cars are so highly sought. With a rare factory color combination and a chassis so clean you can still see the factory markings, there's no doubt that growing up on the Pacific coast makes this one special.
Wouldn't it be cool if affordable transportation still looked this cool today? Just because the Falcon was affordable didn't mean that they skimped in the styling department, giving it angular lines and a sweeping bit of trim that was reminiscent of its bigger, more expensive siblings. Finished in its correct code M Wimbledon White, this ultra-clean Falcon shows off straight body panels that have never been forced to suffer through harsh winter weather. The doors fit in a way that would make cars costing three times as much envious, and the shine is the result of high-quality materials and careful workmanship. It's not perfect, but for a car that's this affordable, it's quite impressive. All the original trim is in place, including the cool hood ornament and interesting stamped steel grille with elements that appear to float. The chrome bumpers are so shiny they have to be brand new, because not even California chrome looked that good in 1964. In addition, all the emblems, lettering, and other badging are new, giving this little hardtop a very polished look.
Perhaps this car's most unusual feature, the beautiful Palomino bucket seat interior shows off California sensibilities and impressive style. Almost everything inside the car is new, including the bucket seats, which also feature new foam underneath, and the nicely styled door panels. Again, this car doesn't look like it was Ford's low-cost entry, especially not with a center console and plush carpets on the floor. The steering wheel is original and in good condition, notable only because it's not quite as nice as everything else, but when you have good original parts, it's important to keep them intact. The instruments cover only the basics, but the markings are clear and bright, and the factory AM radio still hangs out in the center of the dash. Open the trunk and you'll find a correct reproduction mat and a full-sized spare with matching cover.
As far as six-cylinder Falcons go, this one is a big block, offering a T-code 200 cubic inch inline-six. Now before you dismiss it, please take it for a drive, because the torquey engine is the perfect match for the lightweight Falcon. It was rebuilt a few years ago and looks great wearing bright Ford Blue paint on the block and original air cleaner, which also carries a reproduction decal. All the ancillary components are recent, too, giving the engine bay a highly detailed look. Handling remains nimble, especially with power steering and fresh suspension components, and the brakes have been fully rebuilt so it stops confidently. And as I mentioned, the undercarriage is highly original, simply because the car didn't need a frame-off restoration. Just look at how clean everything is; THAT's what California living gets you. Brand new black Coys wheels offer awesome contrast to the white paint and wear right-sized 195/65/14 radials.
Still offering a lot of bang for the buck, this neat Falcon has a great pedigree and an awesome look. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Power Steering
- Vinyl Interior
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