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AJ's Car of the Day 1965 Ford Falcon Sprint

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Car: Ford Falcon Sprint

Year: 1965

What makes it special: It was the second year for the restyled Ford Falcon. Sprints had special trim, including a simulated hood scoop, bucket seats and a console and full instrumentation, including a 6,000-rpm tachometer mounted atop the dashboard. A sports-type steering wheel rounded out the package. A floor-shifted 4-speed was a better choice than it's usual column-shifted 3-speed.

What made it famous: It came with a 200-bhp 289 V8. Stuffing in a V8 gave Falcons a much-needed performance boost, but without losing much of the fuel economy for which they'd become famous.

Why I would want one: I've been a fan of the Ford Falcon since day one. They make quick, inexpensive low-budget steer rods given the economy-minded light weight combined with a V8 swap.

Fun fact: An early V8 Sprint squeezed out a 10.9 second 0-60 run. A quarter-mile dash took 18 seconds, with the Sprint edging up to 73 mph. In muscle-car terms, there was nothing to get excited about, but it was quick for a Falcon.

( 1965 Ford Falcon Sprint photo from southeastwheelsevents.com )

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