Classified Find: 1963½ Ford Falcon Sprint

When you scrutinize it, there is an awful lot to like about this 1963½ Ford Falcon Sprint. It presents superbly and is a classic that is sure to attract its share of admiring glances wherever it goes. The owner has decided to downsize their collection, so the Sprint now needs to find a new home. It is located in Morgan Hill, California, and has been listed for sale here on Barn Finds Classifieds. The owner has set an asking price of $27,000 for this spotless Ford.

The Sandshell Beige Ford presents beautifully. The panels are laser straight, and the gaps are consistent. Rust is not an issue, while the Black stripe adds a touch of contrast. There are no rust issues with the Sprint, and the next owner should not need to spend a penny on the exterior. The trim and chrome appear to present exceptionally well, with the grille having been recently treated to a cosmetic refresh. The Falcon rolls on a set of 14″ steel wheels. These have been fitted with a new set of NOS Spinner hubcaps. They have also recently been wrapped in a fresh set of whitewall tires. An indication of the meticulous approach of the owner is demonstrated by the fact that the spare is also a 14″ wheel, complete with a matching whitewall and hubcap.

The news is just as positive when we open the doors and take a look around the inside of the Falcon. The Black interior theme provides a striking contrast with the Beige exterior. It also looks extremely classy. It is this aspect of the car that demonstrated the upward movement of the Falcon within Ford’s product line. By 1963, owning a Falcon didn’t necessarily mean living with relatively utilitarian transport. Splashes of luxury were available for those who wanted them. The door trims and rear trims in this Sprint are shiny and new, as are the floor mats. The driver’s seat has a tiny flaw on the outer edge, but it appears to be easily repairable. Beyond that, the interior trim of the Sprint needs no apparent attention. The rest of the seats look superb, the lidded center armrest appears to be close to perfect, while there are no issues with the dash. The vehicle comes equipped with a factory radio and dash-mounted tachometer, while the original clock has recently been refurbished.

The Sprint rolled off the production line equipped with a 260ci V8, backed by a 3-speed manual transmission. This combination would have allowed the vehicle to romp through the ¼ mile in 17.1 seconds. Who doesn’t want more power? The original engine and transmission have been replaced, and what we find now is a 289ci V8 and a 4-speed manual transmission. This should provide a measurable improvement in performance. However, it hasn’t been a case of bolting in these components and hoping for the best. The Falcon has recently received a raft of mechanical work and is in a sound mechanical state. The transmission has been rebuilt, as have the brakes. All of the springs and shock have been replaced, along with the driveshaft and all of the tie-rod ends. The result of all of this hard work is that the Falcon now runs and drives perfectly. There is also the opportunity to improve this classic even further. The owner has had the existing brakes rebuilt, but intended to upgrade them for security and safety. To this end, there is a set of rebuilt Granada front calipers and spindles included in the sale. These components by themselves are of little use, so he also includes a new set of rotors, along with pads, seals, and wheel bearings. With these fitted, this is a classic that should stop superbly.

This 1963½ Ford Falcon Sprint only needs one thing. That is a new owner who is going to cherish and appreciate this car as much as the current owners obviously do. It is a classic that is ready to be driven and enjoyed, and I stick by my claim that it is a vehicle that would attract admiring glances wherever it goes. It is clean and crisp, while the mechanical upgrades are subtle and sensible. It should provide its next lucky owner with many years of reliable and enjoyable motoring. I wouldn’t mind parking it in my driveway.

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Comments

  1. gbvette62

    This is a nice little Falcon, but it was just featured on here two days ago?

    https://barnfinds.com/classifieds/1963-ford-sprint-hardtop/

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  2. Jcs

    Doh

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  3. Dual Jetfire

    The front quarter pic makes it look like a clone of the 63 Rambler Classic asa Razorface. Car of the year for 63.

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  4. Will Fox

    I’ll say one thing; the seller know how to capture the car in the best light. Did a nice job with background & setting at the right time of day. Beautiful little Falcon!

  5. scottymac

    First thing to do after purchase – cut a couple of coils off those front springs!

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    • jlissandrello jlissandrello Member

      @scottymac After the photos were taken, I had my mechanic remove a coil or two off the front springs. The car now sits the way it should.

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  6. Chas358 Chas358 Member

    This was the chassis for the Mustang. I’ve always preferred the Falcon Sprint.

  7. TMK

    why an hell would lower the front end ,it’s looks good just the way it is.it looks tall and strong,

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    • scottymac

      Sorry, had to laugh, after jlissandrello agreed and followed my suggestion. Just my personal preference; I will respect your opinion if you respect mine. Never liked seeing that period gasser look on a street car. Fords from the Sixties, including my two ’66 Galaxies, always seemed to sit nose high.

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