October 3rd, 1959, was a momentous day for the Ford Motor Company.
An all-new, really new automobile was about to be unveiled. It was the type of car that late company founder Henry Ford might have been very proud of.
The car was of a relatively new class on the American scene known as the compact. It was named the Ford Falcon.
A totally new engine was a part of the Falcon project. An overhead-valve inline six, it used a bore of 3.5 inches with a 2.5-inch stroke for a total displacement of 144 cubic inches.
Although the Falcon’s initial purpose was to win the sales race of American compacts, by late 1962 a new goal had been added: win the Monte Carlo Rally.
Ford was back in racing, all kinds of racing, but none of it seemed suited to the Ford Falcon, which was about to get a sporty Sprint model with V-8 power as part of the company’s embrace of performance.
Then, a small-block V-8 came to the Falcon platform. Using thin-wall casting, had been taken to 260 cubic inches and was rated at 164 horsepower.
Known as the Challenger V-8, it was the same engine that Carroll Shelby was stuffing into the little AC Ace roadsters that he called Cobras, the 260 V-8 was the most bang for the buck among U.S. compacts.
To make it even more tempting, a special Sprint package was put on the table.
Available as a hardtop and convertible, the starting point for these cars was the Futura Sports package to which was added the V-8.
A stiffer suspension, larger brakes, and five-lug wheels (which replaced four-lug units on any V-8-equipped Falcon) were installed.
Also included in the Sprint package were a dashboard-mounted tachometer; deep-dished, sports-style steering wheel, simulated knock-off wire wheel covers; and identifying scripts on the front fenders.
Car and Driver’s test of a four-speed Sprint convertible at the Ford Proving Grounds yielded “0-to-60 in less than 11 seconds consistently, and quarter-mile times were right in the high seventeens and low eighteens.
” Several specially prepared Sprints were sent to Europe to contest the Monte Carlo Rally. When the results were in, Falcon had proven itself to be a world-leader, something the other compacts from America were never able to do.”
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This original and very early Left Hand Drive Ford Falcon Sprint is in very good and extremely beautiful condition.
This car belonged to the past President of the Sprint Owners Club of the USA, he unfortunately passed away in 2007 and the family sold the car to a Le Mans winner who was originally from Australia.
In 2013 the Sprint was entered in the Preservation Class of the MotorClassica concours in Melbourne where it was awarded a Red Rosette for 2nd in class.
The Ford Falcon Sprint is powered by the 260 Cubic Inch Ford V8 engine and is fitted with a 3 speed automatic transmission.
This car is as it should be. Not over the top restored but beautifully kept over the years and extremely correct originality wise.
If the president of the main club decides for a car, we can assure you it is a special and one of a kind example.
The former Australian owner is a gentlemen which we know for quite some years.
This gentlemen has petrol in his blood and has been a very successful racing driver on top level (Le Mans 24 and Formula 1).
We were allowed to buy 3 of his cars and the quality of his cars are absolutely outstanding.
As he writes himself to us..
‘You know how particular I am about my cars and I spent quite a lot of money on it…there were a number of small dings and scratches here and there which I had removed and in the process, respray the complete car, keeping a period correct look by not using any clearcoat. It was even finished off by polishing the car with toothpaste … truly, which amazingly gave it an ever so slightly softer look.’
We recently have given another polish treatment to the car and the result is absolutely amazing.
The paint is soo beautifully deeply shining. The result is a mirror.
The chrome parts on the car are in as new condition even as the aluminium surroundings on a variety of parts such as the lamps, the side strips and the grille.
The wheels seem to be in brand new condition with recent tires.
The panel work is excellent and the body is impressively straight.
The interior is absolutely amazing as well.
The carpets, upholstery and door panels are in a beautiful condition.
Many parts are still original and some of the interior parts have been restored. All in period correct colors and materials.
A Ford Falcon Sprint is in our opinion one of the most stylish American Coupes with elegant lines and compact in size.
Not only the looks of the car were important for the former owner. As a Le-Mans winner the former owner knows everything about the technical aspects of a car.
All together this is a very rare and desirable example of the iconic Ford Flacon Sprint.