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AJ's Car of the Day '63 Ford Falcon Sprint Hardtop Coupe
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Car: Ford Falcon Sprint Hardtop Coupe

Year: 1963

What makes it special: Ford's Falcon was produced from 1960 to 1970 across three generations. It was a sales success for Ford initially, outselling rival compacts from Chrysler and General Motors introduced at the same time. The Falcon was offered in two-door and four-door sedan, two-door and four-door station wagon, two-door hardtop, convertible, sedan delivery and Ranchero pickup body configurations. For several years, the Falcon name was also used on passenger versions of the Ford Econoline van.

What made it famous: In 1963 more models were available. There was now a four-door Futura and a Deluxe wagon. Futura Convertible and Futura Sports Convertible models were also included. Later, hardtops, and the new "Sprint" model were introduced. Halfway through the model year, the Fairlane's 164 hp "Challenger" 260 V8 engine was offered for the first time. The only time a V8 option was available in a first-generation Falcon was the 1963½ model, and these cars were produced in very limited numbers as a Sprint two-door hardtop with bucket seats and Sprint convertible with bucket seats. These first-generation Falcon Sprint cars were the basis for the 1964½ Mustangs released by Ford one year later.

Why I would want one: I'm a Falcon fanatic. The 260 V8 Sprint model was the performance Falcon of the early 60's.

Fun fact: The television marketing for this model featured the first animated appearances of the characters from Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip, with announcer contribution from Paul Frees.

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