Affordable, top-down fun, this neatly restored/preserved, one-family owned 1963 Ford Falcon Futura convertible is a potential daily-driver hobby car that turns heads everywhere it goes. It has a great vintage look, a thrifty six-cylinder engine that's easy on the gas yet still plenty peppy, and nobody else will even guess just how affordable it really is.
This is not a perfect car, but it does have an awful lot of charm and a ton of curb appeal. You might remember Brad Pitt driving a similar car at the end of "Ocean's Eleven" although this one is a lot nicer in every way. It's clean and honest, with an endearing personality that makes these a great place to start when you begin collecting. So, if you're a guy ready to do some shows and have some fun with a cool car that doesn't need fussing, this is it. Traditional code I Champagne paint presents very well after a nice driver-quality respray a few years back, and that's the original color so it works well without looking dated. The bodywork underneath is in good order, with doors that fit well and close without a major slam, and the Mustang's little brother does look rather dashing with that hood scoop and cool fender-top ornaments. Mini Galaxie taillights continue the Ford look and the Futura model represented the top-of-the-line in 1963, so there's a bit of extra trim to make it sparkle. The grille is in nice shape, the bumpers shine up well, and the white body side moldings show off good panel alignment. Someone spent quite a bit of money making this car look this good, and even with some light patina here and there, the presentation is still one that brings the crowds in.
The code 58A gold and white bench seat interior is similar to how this car was ordered originally and it all remains in very good condition overall; perfect for just jumping in heading out on the road. The vinyl upholstered benches are what you want in a Falcon cruiser, offering pleated details and correct materials, so it has a '60s sensibility without looking dated and the tan carpets are the correct texture and pile so they look right. The instrument panel and steering wheel are in great shape for being more than 50 years old now. The factory AM radio is no longer in the dash so an upgrade is due, but like most Falcons, that's about it for options. The door panels are factory rendered and look very cool, especially for a car in this price class, and the surprisingly spacious trunk is nicely outfitted with a carpeted mat and a full-sized spare tire with a jack set. There's also a white power convertible top that fits rather well and has a clear plastic rear window.
The 170 cubic inch inline-six is a good choice in the lightweight Falcon, with peppy road manners around town and good fuel economy. It's correctly detailed with correct paint on the block and Ford Red valve cover and air filter, and it really looks good in the otherwise all-black engine bay. It's highly original and not overly detailed in there, although it has been well-maintained throughout the years, and with an automatic transmission behind it, it's a willing powerplant that goes about its business without a lot of fussing. Maintenance will be a snap and you'll be surprised by the smooth torque it puts out. The underside is likewise in very good order and mostly original, with a single exhaust system for a period-correct six-cylinder grumble. 175/80/13 whitewalls really dress up the Falcon like one of its big brothers, and stock Futura hubcaps finish the look.
This high-quality, driver-grade Falcon convertible has proven to be quite reliable and goes down the road just like you'd expect, making it a great choice as an entry-level hobby car. Call today!