Fantastic Futura: 1965 Ford Falcon Futura Convertible

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This car is in the second most perfect location for a convertible to be in: Santa Monica, California. The first perfect location would be in our garage. It’s a 1965 Ford Falcon Futura convertible and it’s listed on eBay with a current bid price of just over $3,000 and there are five days left on the auction. The reserve isn’t met so this one will get up there a bit, it’s surely worth more than the current bid price.

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This is a second-generation Falcon and they were made for only 1964 and 1965. I’m a fairly staunch first-generation Falcon guy but I wouldn’t mind this car at all, it looks like a winner. I love the color, I don’t know if I’ve seen an “Ivy Green” Falcon before. I’m not a wire wheel fan, in general, but since they’re factory equipment, and thankfully they aren’t attached to wide white wall tires, I think they look great here.

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The seller says that this car has a “new convertible top, rams and cv motor” and I love the dark green and black combination. I wish I wouldn’t have seen this car, the more I look into it the more I want it! Even the trunk looks fantastic.

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There it is, it’s an automatic on the column, with a bench seat! It’s not the most sporty configuration, but for just bopping around town it would be nice. As always, I would prefer a manual, but if I were getting everything on my “I would prefer” list, having a manual in this particular car probably wouldn’t even register on the prefer-meter. The interior does look great and the seller, the second owner, put in “new carpet”. I’m guessing that the floors are rust-free and they say that there is “no rust” and it’s been in California its whole life. Power steering will make for easy in-town cruising, too.

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Boom! That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout! I know that most of you would have been disappointed to see a six-cylinder in this great car. Well, fret no more, there’s a super, super clean 289 V8 right there with about 200 hp on tap, that’s good for a burnout or two. I mean, as far as laying rubber goes, not for hauling your high school friends around.. (kidding). I wonder what the reserve is on this car, $7,500? More? This looks like quite a car to me, a rust-free Falcon convertible with a 289. What do you think this one will sell for?

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Comments

  1. Van

    How many Shelby parts will fit to make a sleeper?

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  2. Rick

    Bolt in a crate Coyote 5.0 & Tremec 5 speed and install a 9 inch posi under the back, then you’d have sleeper that would lay some serious rubber . . .

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    • Mike Williams

      Bolt in a Coyote, Your Funny ha ha

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  3. RayT

    I’d lose the wire wheel covers — even though they remind me of J.C. Whitney — and do a thorough service to make sure all systems work properly. Finish off with a weekend of detailing, and it looks good to go! Might even get a replacement original-style trunk mat if I was feeling frisky….

    This is a car that should stay stock if you ask me, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Any upgrade under the hood would mean equivalent upgrades to brakes, steering and tires. There are plenty of restomods and not many unaltered Falcons around.

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    • Scotty GAuthor

      You read my mind, RayT, that’s exactly what I will.. I mean, would do with this great little car.

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    • James Babineau

      Those wire wheel covers are stock.

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  4. JW454

    I’m still trying to figure out that business attached to the shifter lever. It may be some form of an added Cruise control system but I don’t see any thing added to the engine compartment to go with it. Possibly a hand control assist? Neat little car though.

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    • Scotty GAuthor

      JW454, I contacted the seller and they said, “That was a rigged up horn button..it has been removed and horn button installed under dash..needs new horn mechanism inside column.”

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      • Rocco

        That is a simple repair. A turn signal switch. A ’65-’66 Mustang switch should interchange. The hardest part is snaking the wiring harness down inside the steering column.

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  5. Healeydays

    I had a 1965 Ford Falcon Futura years ago that I bought off a girl who inherited it from her great aunt who had only put 18K on it when I bought it. Great little car but ugly jungle print interior.

    I drove that thing for 3 years before I sold it to brother Dave, who drove it for 2 years who sold it to brother Tom, who drove it for a year before he sold it to brother Pete. He trade it in on a 78 Trans Am without letting me know. I didn’t talk to him for close to a year as I had a deal with the brothers that if they needed to sell it I get 1st refusal.

    The car ended up in a hot rodder’s hands and was painted the ugliest lime green, but he did build they thing to the 9s. I still see the car every now and again at shows, and to this day remind Pete he broke the family trust and he owes me a car…

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  6. Busyditch

    Two years ago while traveling through Tennessee I bought a 1965 falcon coupe. Had all of the trim for a sprint but no sprint badge making it pretty much one off. 50 years later and it still had the 260 and also a five speed Tremec. It had a teardrop scoop and was white so I called it the mini-bolt. I got a good deal on it and they even threw in the T – 10 in the trunk. But being 6–4 it was too small for me and I sold it on eBay

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  7. Pappy

    Did these come with a 289? I had a 64 Falcon Sprint and the factory V8 was a 260. I don’t think I have ever seen one with a 289… just wondering.

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    • Healeydays

      My 65 was a 289

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    • Scotty GAuthor

      Yes, sir, they came with a 289 V8 in 1965. The 1964 Falcons had a 260 for a V8 choice.

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    • Mike Williams

      Cancel the thumbs down. The 5 bolt 289 was only available in the larger Fords and Comet in ’64

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      • Rocco

        Sorry, but you’re wrong about the 5-bolt 289 ONLY available in big Fords & Comets. There were many 5-bolt 289’s in Mustangs when they came out in ’64. Some 4V D-code(210 or 215hp) version’s and some K-code (271hp). The 289 was an option over the 170 6-cyl., and the 260 V-8.
        They were also available in ’63-’64 Fairlanes. 2V, and 271hp versions, with 4-speeds. The ’63 versions might have only been the 271hp 289’s and the 2V engines might have been 260’s, but I’m positive about the 271hp versions.

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      • Mike Williams

        I should have said 64 models, it was available for the 65 models like @# Rocco says. Forgot Fairlanes.

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  8. stillrunners

    my first convert (a package deal with a 69 RS/SS that was stripped – for a nice 71 Nova runner ) was a 64 drop top runner with the 260 – had some fun a pics with my first nephew….years later got a 64 Sprint drop top and pictures with my first great nephew – still with the little 260 – they run a little hot in that compartment even with up graded heads….sold it as it was also and auto…..fun cars for the money….and easy on the eyes….

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  9. Roselandpete

    I’d leave it as is but it will be interesting to see what it goes for. Up to $5,600 as of now and reserve still not met.

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  10. Peter R

    listed on the south Florida craigslist at 10,900.00

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    • Roselandpete

      Too rich for my blood for that car.

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  11. Tirefriar

    Yep, asking on CL locally is $10900 the magic number in seller’s head is $10k but probably can be had for $9k. Given the prices I just encountered this is not a bad deal if the car is solid, especially given 289 under the hood. I’d lower it just a tad and that’s about it. Adding A/C would probably be the first thing I’d do though. I live in SFV, that’s the San Fernando Valley for those uninitiated, and driving Alfa Spiders in the 80*+ heat (that’s pretty good weather for SFV) with top down taught me a lesson.

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  12. HoA Howard AMember

    Apparently, this is the last year for the Falcon convertible. It also is a pretty lackluster Futura,( it doesn’t seem to say Futura anywhere) as I’ve seen some pretty fancy ones. ( bucket seats, console, etc) Wiki claims the 289 was offered as well as the 302 ( didn’t think the 302 was around then) Perfect classic for summer time cruising. With plenty of power. Cool car.

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    • HoA Howard AMember

      Just shows, Wiki ain’t always right. The 302 came out in late ’67 for the ’68 models, but the 289 was offered in ’65.

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  13. James

    As a previous owner of a 65 FUTURA 2 Dr HT. The transmission cross member uses a funky leaf spring deal that isn’t made to handle hard driving. Without traction bars the rear end will wheel-hop bad enough to break things. I assume FORD didn’t want the sibling taking the Mustang’s thunder. Couldn’t get a Hi-Po 289 in a falcon. Mine with aluminum wheels, 1\2 tank of gas without me in it weighed 2750 about 200 lbs lighter than a Stang. I totaled mine in a high speed pursuit 25 yrs ago. Live and learn. The sheriff said he wanted to buy my engine cause as he said ” LEFT ME LIKE I WAS TIED TO A STUMP” yeah we country.

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    • j.boyd

      End over end once, 2 barrel rolls(That i remember) Very lucky to walk away(in handcuffs) but lucky.

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  14. Greg

    Hi I live in australia

    I have a 65 2dr Convertible Futura Ivy Green White top Disc brake front end rack and pinion 302 4 speed has tacho sprint badges inside front doors and on front near doors split front bench seat

    Greg

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  15. james boyd

    falcon’s are lighter than mustangs but the trans member is a funky set up with a short leaf spring that ties the trans and crossmember(with a 3sp manual like mine) And you couldnt get a 271 HP in a falcon. How bad would that be to have the ugly older sister out run the new sexy one.

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    • Rocco

      James,
      The 289/271HiPo, is the same physical size as a 260/289LoPo. I know several people with 289HiPo’s, with 4-speeds, in their ’63-’65 Falcon’s, without any mod’s, as long as the Falcon came with a 4-speed. 3-speed’s need the 4-speed tunnel shifter adapter, if you’re going to a 4-speed. Everything is bolt in after the floor is cut and modified for the tunnel adapter.

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  16. chad

    Car spawned the suv and muscle car crowd movers:

    bronk
    AND
    stang

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