For those of you not up on your Ford Falcon history, this 1963 Sprint hardtop is one of the rarer models thanks to one-year-only production and lots of performance. Cleverly upgraded and beautifully finished, this jaw-dropping little hardtop provides Mustang-grade punch with a decidedly un-Mustang look that''s worth a closer examination. Of course, this little Falcon Sprint is pretty far from stock, but we''ll get to those details soon enough. The first thing you''ll notice is that searing red paint, which practically leaps off the sheet metal and takes you back for a few seconds when you first see it. Finish quality is extremely impressive, with a spectacular gloss that only comes from hours and hours of tedious sanding. The Falcon had new styling in ''63 and it was clearly inspired by big brother Galaxie, so while this is an affordable car, it sure doesn''t look cheap. Great panel alignment is critical on this car with those dramatic side spears and deeply sculpted body panels, so they did their homework and got this one right. Nice chrome and trim was obviously restored and someone with vision put it together, because there''s not a single cut corner or half-hearted piece anywhere to be found on this car. The tidy red bucket seat interior was a big part of the Sprint package''s appeal. Foreshadowing the arrival of the Mustang a few years later, the tidy buckets look racy and work well with the Sprint''s split personality. Gorgeous door panels were standard equipment in the Falcon, one place where Ford really seemed to splurge on the design budget, and a body-colored dashboard emphasizes the twin cockpit design. A modern tilt column and banjo-style wheel are the most obvious modifications, but you''ll also find a modern A/C system neatly tucked under the dash and an AM/FM stereo head unit in the original radio''s spot. That trick tach on top of the dash is original equipment on the Sprint, augmenting the factory gauge package and working in concert with aftermarket gauges underneath. A neat center console offers storage and style, while the back seat is roomy enough to be comfortable for adults. There''s also a well-finished trunk with a reproduction mat and full-sized spare tire. As you''d expect, most of the big upgrades are under the hood. The Sprint was the first Falcon to offer Ford''s 260 cubic inch V8, but in this car it''s a stout 302 cubic inch crate motor that dressed up to look like a factory 289. A Holley 4-barrel carburetor, chrome air cleaner and valve covers, and an HEI-style ignition system all work together to give it a sporty look that performs extremely well. There''s also a proper dual reservoir master cylinder, R134a refrigerant in the A/C system, and new wiring to make it reliable and easy to service. A C4 3-speed automatic transmission feeds an 8-inch rear that''s plenty stout for the 302''s torque, and it sounds like a nasty 5.0 with that Flowmaster exhaust system under it. The front suspension is a trick tubular A-arm setup that eliminates the shock towers, so there''s plenty of clearance in the engine bay and improved handling underneath. Classic Torque Thrust-style wheels are a performance staple on any car of this period, and they carry 195/70/14 Goodyear radials at all four corners. Rare, fast, and surprisingly affordable, this Falcon Sprint offers a lot of big car fun in a small package that will make everyone smile, especially the driver. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Charlotte showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.