Ford Fal­con

EN­GINE 4727cc/V8/OHV POWER 200bhp@4400rpm TORQUE 282lb ft@2400rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 113mph 0-60MPH 8.2sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 14-19mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT April 2018 ODOME­TER 67,705 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Richard Gunn

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This Fal­con Fu­tura Sprint 289 is ef­fec­tively a Ford Mus­tang with a dif­fer­ent body. The big V8 comes to life eas­ily enough, even from cold. Am­ple re­serves of power come on stream seam­lessly when ac­cel­er­at­ing, ac­com­pa­nied by a wall of V8 rum­ble. It feels ex­pertly tuned, but less self-as­sured in the corners, but this is a model quirk rather than a prob­lem with this par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ple. The power-as­sisted brakes have been up­graded to front discs and are sharp and ef­fec­tive. Chang­ing gear re­quires the clutch pedal to be de­pressed al­most to its limit, with re­verse a lit­tle tricky to select un­til you’ve got used to find­ing it. The stick is smooth through its other four ra­tios, though.

BODY­WORK CHECK

They body is all in largely su­perb or­der, from the Ran­goon Red paint­work, to the chrome and prom­i­nent Amer­i­can Rac­ing 15in Torq Thrust II al­loy wheels. The cen­tral white flashes line up well on both sides and are tes­ta­ment to the panel fit. Scru­ti­n­is­ing the body re­veals a few minute paint bub­bles on the off­side rear roof pil­lar, but it looks to be more ap­pli­ca­tion than any prob­lems un­der­neath. The Goodrich Ra­dial TA tyres all have plenty of life left in them. Un­der­seal­ing has been car­ried out un­der­neath.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

There’s plenty of red in here, in­clud­ing on the vinyl seats, door­cards, car­pets and dash­board. It is all in very good con­di­tion, with dis­cernible light patina lim­ited to the plas­tic ‘chrome’ dash­board in­sert. Lap belts are fit­ted due to the pil­lar­less con­struc­tion. The large chrome rev counter on top of the steer­ing col­umn ob­structs the strip speedome­ter, so a new owner will prob­a­bly want to re­lo­cate it. The orig­i­nal in­te­grated ra­dio doesn’t seem to be work­ing; nei­ther is the dash tem­per­a­ture gauge, but the one in the mid­dle row of three aux­il­iary di­als does the job in­stead.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine bay, which is dom­i­nated by a rather con­vo­luted-look­ing tubu­lar cross-brace and huge Co­bra air fil­ter housing (which in turn shel­ters the Hol­ley four-bar­rel car­bu­ret­tor be­neath), is pretty much to show stan­dard. A lit­tle el­bow grease to re­move some of the light grime cur­rently vis­i­ble on the in­ner wings – which hide it well, be­cause they’re painted black – would make things even bet­ter. Idle when warm is a sta­ble 750rpm, with good oil pres­sure. There have been some sus­pen­sion and chas­sis up­grades; it’s be­lieved that the car was raced in the US be­fore be­com­ing part of a Canadian col­lec­tion.

THE CCW VIEW

This is a rare find in the UK and makes an in­ter­est­ing al­ter­na­tive to the more com­mon Mus­tang, with which it shares much of its plat­form. It’s in­cred­i­bly eye- (and ear-) catch­ing, and ev­ery­thing seems up to scratch cos­met­i­cally and me­chan­i­cally. If you’re look­ing for an old school US mon­ster, then this blunt, but also rather stunning in­stru­ment has lots of ap­peal. You’d strug­gle to find a bet­ter one this side of The Pond.

Colos­sal 4.7 litre V8 is close to show stan­dard.

Near-mint, but poorly-placed aux­il­iary rev counter.

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