Forty Nine Years And Counting

By Gary N.

I ordered my Sprint convertible new in June of 1963. It was late in the model year for a Special Order Triple Black Convertible with options that included a 4-speed manual transmission, AM radio and heater, tinted glass all around, 2 speed electric wipers, windshield washer, backup lights, white wall tires, and front seat belts. The order was place and I took delivery in August. In 1965 it was used as my wedding limo and honey moon ride. Latter it was used to bring home my new born daughter from the hospital. She still has a special connection with the Sprint and tells my son that it is her car since he has his own 66 Fairlane convertible (I have to remind her that it is still my car since I am still here!). The early seventies brought parades and occasional Sunday drives for the car. In the late seventies and early eighties it was in semi-retirement. From 1985 until 1988 my daughter entered the Sprint in 7 shows, wining 5 first and 2-second place trophies. The car was then semi-retired again until 1994 when my wife Kathy and I began to show it at local events. We have been showing it ever since taking our share of awards my favorite being the best of show in 1999 at the Northeast Chapter’s 6th Annual Regional Meet in Farmington CT. Today the Sprint has a little more than 30,000 original miles, the majority of those miles, about 24,000, where put on in the first two years. Since new it has been garaged and covered most of the time, and never been driven in the rain or snow. The Raven Black Paint, black pleated vinyl interior, vinyl 3-ply top and plastic rear window are factory original. Mechanically the engine, transmission, clutch and pressure plate are still the originals. The modifications are 14” Cragar S/S wheels, dual exhaust, A 1963 Autolite Hi-Po dual point distributor (with oil wick) and no vacuum advance, A1965 Hi-Po four-barrel intake manifold with an Autolite 4100 carburetor, front frame brace, Monte Carlo bar, 3.89 to 1 ratio rear end, Hurst shifter, and a Sun tach. I added most of these modifications between August 1963 and September 1965. The frame brace, Monte Carlo bar, and the P215/70 14” BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires were added in 2010 for the Falcon Club of America’s National Convention in Dearborn. My falcon has been with me for 49 years and is part of my family and my life. My daughter, son, and grandchildren all had convertible rides very early in life. It is nice to know that my youth is just outside the family room door and through the breezeway in my Ford Country Garage with my three other Fords including my 1999 Mustang GT convertible with 40,000 original miles that I bought from the same salesman that sold me the Sprint, but that’s another story.
Gary N 05/08/2012
I have been a Ford guy all my life. I guess it started with my father’s many Model A’s then his 49 sedan. He was a Ford Guy and I have followed in his footsteps. Besides the 4 Ford vehicles parked in my garage and driveway today, I build model cars for a hobby and have built 99.9% Ford Motor Company Cars since I started with my first Revell 1956 Ford Sunliner. My built model collection includes some of my favorite cars I have owned (5 Mustangs, 2 T-Birds, 1 Mercury, and my Sprint). The other 80+ built models of various fords include mustangs from 64 thru 71 (72 thru 2010 are waiting for assembly) Street Rods, Resto-Mods, Drag Cars, and Shelby’s. I also have a collection of the old Ford promo model cars including 13 1963 Falcon Futura convertibles, a complete set of T-Bird promos from 1955 thru 1966 plus various other ford promos from 49 thru 54 and 60 thru 66. Now that I am retired I will have more time to show my Sprint and cruise in my GT. I am looking forward to the 2012 Falcon Club of Americas Convention and Show being held in Louisville, KY this July.
Gary N
Dave E 04/17/2012
Cool story and a great looking car!
Juston P 03/25/2012
Awesome Car! Awesomes Story! I wish FORD would build it again, same lines, same style, new technology inside and under the hood! What a Classic!