18K Mile 1969 Ford Falcon Futura Sports Coupe

The seller says that this is a southern car with only 017,993 miles on the odometer and the body sure looks like it’s in great shape. This 1969 Ford Falcon Futura Sports Coupe can be found here on eBay in Arden, North Carolina. They have it listed with a $5,000 buy it now price or you can make an offer.

The photos are pretty grainy for the most part but man, what a great looking car! I don’t know if I see a flaw in the body of this car at all, do you? The third-generation Falcon was now based on the Fairlane and it was a little longer and wider as is still the trend today. The seller says that this car has some light surface rust but I’m surprised at how nice it looks.

This is probably my personal favorite view of this car and of the Falcon Futura Sports Coupe, in general. Ford sold just under 6,000 Sports Coupes in 1969 and the $2,600 price is depressing to think of now. Of course, that was actually $18,000 in 2019 dollars, but still, that’s cheap money for a new car today. The seller does have the original Futura badges and trim.

The wine and roses end once you open either of the two doors, though. The interior is in somewhat rough shape. Seats and carpet are no-brainers but there is a missing passenger door panel and the rear looks a little sunburnt.

The 115-hp, 200 cubic-inch inline-six was rebuilt by the previous owner and it looks great. The seller bought this car to finish the restoration on it but the fact that they’re getting a divorce is forcing them to sell it, unfortunately. A new battery and aluminum radiator are included. How would you finish this Futura Sports Coupe?

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  1. Cadmanls Member

    Small block Ford, strong C4 and clean it up. Some new interior pieces and drive it.

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  2. M vickery

    I’ve seen one of these sitting in a neighbor’s yard. I’ve been thinking I’d buy it, put a 302 with about 400 horses, a t5 and an updated suspension to build a car with a no nonsense street racer vibe. These are pretty attractive in a no-nonsence industrial way.

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  3. don

    My first car was a tired white ’67 Futura 4 door with a 200 , which to a 16 year old , was two doors too many (but it was free ) It was only ten years old, but New England weather had taken its toll on it, I made the trunk floor from real estate signs and tar , bought 4 retreads and I was ready to roll.
    To me , the good thing about these cars is that they aren’t Mustangs ; no offense to Mustang lovers ( and I’m one ) , but there’s so many of them – These share the same platform as the Mustang so most parts are available drivetrain wise , but they look totally different ,which to me, would make it stand out at a car show .
    I dont think its a bad price for the car ; I’d prefer a 66 or 67 because of the round taillights and the better looking instrument cluster and steering wheel.

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  4. Will Fox

    The owner could at least pretend to be honest and state that the mileage is 116K; not 16K miles. The seat and floor wear are evidence of that alone. Plus, “IF” it were only 16K miles, why is the door panel missing on the pass. side? I see $2800.; TOPS.

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    • Richard Zohn

      Agree! And why does a car with “only” 18k miles need an engine rebuild?

    • PatrickM

      …plus, get it out of the shadows before taking any pics. They aren’t very clear. Bidding is at $5,000.00. Too high for me. No more than $2,750.00, IMHO. Decent practical car, otherwise. Could be tempted, but, not in this state.

  5. lc

    I see a neat car that needs a decent cleaning before offering it up…. Selling a dirty car?…I’ll never understand

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  6. Jay

    For some reason this body style is less popular with rodders……

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    • TimM

      I liked the earlier body styles too!! By 69 they just looked to grandma!! I liked the 65!!!

      • PatrickM

        That’s what make it a sleeper

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  7. CanuckCarGuy

    Nice car…I’d put this back to the original green, white vinyl interior with buckets and tweak that 200 L6 to have something different under the hood. Keep the Magnum 500s, but otherwise leave her looking stock.

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  8. David

    Were these based on a mustang frame? I always liked these models. Yes. A v8 for sure . Maybe a stick.

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    • Boatman Member

      In 1966 they went to a shortened Fairlane base.

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    • Sandy Claws

      A Mustangs more mature big brother. BTW, keep the 200 inch six, a mighty fine engine.

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  9. Chunk

    I’d install a VW TDi motor and a Toyota 5-speed manual, mostly to infuriate and confuse everyone but also because that setup would drop it to about 2500 pounds and I could pull 45 mpg all day long.

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  10. Howard A

    18K miles, they say? Mmm-hmm, sure it has. Divorce, they say? Oh boy, I’ve been there,,isn’t this a happy post. Never cared for this style Falcon compared to the original, and what’s a “sports coupe” about it, bucket seats? Looks like a pretty basic Falcon to me. I rarely say this, but this car should be turned into the baddest a$$ little coupe, with the biggest blown Ford motor that would fit in there. Now THAT, would be a cool ’69 Falcon.

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    • Miguel Member

      Did you see they listed the miles with the 0 in front of it.

      This five digit odometer would be reading 17,993 miles but rather 1,799.3 miles.

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  11. local_sheriff

    This whole Falcon has such a complete under-the-radar look to it , even the dusty green color ‘everyone’ ordered back in the day. That makes it a prime sleeper candidate. Visually it’s shockingly similar to the UK Cortina featured a few years back.
    I understand most people would drop in a SBF, and they can be turned into very cool high-revvers indeed. Personally I’d drop the slushbox but keep the six, however throw any available go-fast parts at it.
    Apart from giving it a thorough drop and stiffen up the suspension, I’d be very careful not to install visually obvious performance upgrades, just to not ruin the gramma’s grocery-getter look

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  12. rustylink

    my brother mused to me that he’d rock this over a Mustang any day. These are exceedingly rare to find anymore – especially the Sport Coupes. My family had a couple of them that my Dad cobbled together to make one car with the other parts going to my brother’s 66 Mustang and my neighbor’s Fairlane 500. My brother and I also agree we’d rather breathe on the 6 cylinder with a Clifford style kit vs. going the 289/302 transplant route.

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  13. local_sheriff

    https://youtu.be/Co4J5gWwitM That’s an old clip but appearantly not the worst engine to have in a Falcon

  14. Eric

    If it only has 17,000 miles, why is the interior shot? What happened to a 17,000 mile engine to warrant a rebuild? When I saw the torn seat and missing door panel, I was in disbelief of the seller’s claim.

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  15. KevinLee

    Dad had a ’69 four door sedan that I had to drive while finishing my own ’63 Falcon hot rod. Same six with three on the tree. My buddies and I were cruising around after football practice one evening, and the clutch spring broke. Had to drop off everyone and then drive home with it stuck in second gear. It was the dark green with darker green interior.

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  16. dweezilaz

    ‘The third-generation Falcon was now based on the Fairlane and it was a little longer and wider as is still the trend today.’

    The ruination of many well designed, reasonably sized cars, Scotty. The designers forget the original mission.

    If not that they chase shrinking market share by trying to make every s*t box into a “premium” product with an over reliance on inappropriate and unnecessary gadgets.

    Old Ranger, new Ranger. Falcon, Fairlane, Mustang, 82 Cavalier to current Cruze,Civic, Corolla, S Series to ION. Mindless growth with zero restraint.

    Price and size them out of their market niches and then the next new thing.

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  17. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    I knew a oddball bartender once who drove one of these, even the same color. I really liked the 64-65 Falcons, especially red on white with white top 260/289 four speed manual gearbox.
    God bless America

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  18. stillrunners

    There’s one about as nice ? in a wrecking yard with the V/8 and auto near me. They are a different one for sure at a car show – not bad.

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  19. Peter

    I though there would have been an external rear vision mirror for the driver in 1969.

    • PatrickM

      There is a hole where the mirror should be.

  20. Troy s

    What I really like about this car is the potential it has to be a rarely seen street machine/ drive and show car. I think people like to see something unusual or completely different, after a while those Mustangs and Camaros all start to look so familiar, not that I’m complaining.
    351 Windsor, a built C4 or Tremec 5 for those manual freaks out there, decent gears, keep the current rims, and of course the interior needs help. If high octane leaded gas was still around with easy access maybe the 428, built to shred and terrify. Nice ride.

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  21. Chris Londish

    The 69 Falcon in Aus had a different grill and taillights we didn’t get the two door, but we had a GT sedan with the 302 Mustang engine with auto or 4spd manual this would make a great GT look a like

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