Car: Ford Falcon Futura Convertible
What makes it special: A redesign changed the Falcon’s looks for 1964. The new look was more squared-off, more modern, as Ford pursued the youth market. Ford Falcon Futura Sprint models represented an evolution in Ford’s design approach over a brief period of years, and few would have thought of the first Falcons, debuting for the 1960 model year, as cars that excite.
What made it famous: Ford added a Sprint Package, which gave the Falcon the 260 V8, a stiffer suspension, and a louder exhaust. There was the addition of the 289 V8 in late ’64. From 1965, the three-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission was available. Front seat belts were standard,. Front suspension was coil springs pivot-mounted on upper arms plus double-acting absorbers. Six-cylinder cars had four-lug hubs with 13-in steel wheels. V8 cars got five-lug wheels. For 1965, changes were minimal, including a simpler grille and revised side trim on deluxe models. A padded instrument panel, power steering, power brakes, a radio, a remote-control trunk release, and a parking brake warning light were optional.
Why I would want one: As a super-fan of the Ford Falcon, I just want it. A V8 in a Falcon is awesome.
Fun fact: Production ended on June 26, 1965, for convertible Falcons.
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