Gary N 1963 Falcon Sprint Convertible

51 Years and Counting

People have asked me “Why a birthday party for a car?” Well I say, “If you are the original owner of a low mileage un-restored Triple Black 63 Sprint convertible with the original top, paint, and interior, why not”. If you do not think owning a car like this for 51 years does not deserve a celebration, think again my friend, "They Are Only Original Once". The build date on my 1963 Triple Black Sprint Convertible is July 24, 1963.

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, finned aluminum Cobra valve covers, 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 (which replace the BF Goodrich Belted T/A’s put on in 1981) were added in 2009 for the Falcon Club of America’s National Convention in Dover. After the trip to Dover I decided that I was not comfortable with the mileage being put on the Sprint so for the Dearborn Nationals in 2010 I decided to buy an enclosed trailer. That’s when “The Trailer Story” started, but that’s another story. My falcon has been with me for 51 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 other Fords including my 1999 Mustang GT convertible with 40,000 original miles that I bought new and took delivery on my 55th Birthday. The salesman that sold me my Sprint in 1963 was working at the Ford dealer were I bought the GT, and when he saw me he said and I quote, “ 63 Black Sprint Convertible, whatever happened to that car” “I still have it” I said. But that is yet another story (I got a million of them!).

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