Pick of the day: 1965 Ford Falcon Squire

Of all the cool vehicles I spotted on the streets in and around Monterey, California, during Car Week festivities, including many Ferraris and Porches, one memorable standout was considerably more-humble, a little red Ford Falcon wagon with faux wood paneling and chrome wire-wheel covers.

The Pick of the Day, a 1965 Ford Falcon Squire, is a dead ringer for the car spotted in Monterey, and it very well could be the same car since it is being offered by a dealer in Laguna Beach. If so, it looked like a sparkling example of a fun station wagon.

The faux wood trim and wire-wheel hubcaps give it a period look

“This beautiful time capsule has been lovingly maintained (and) is ready to be enjoyed by a new caretaker,” according to the advertisement on ClassicCars.com. “This squire wagon has new paint, chrome, carpets and upholstery that complement its classic looks.”

A major attraction here is that the Falcon is powered by the correct 289cid V8 with automatic transmission, which would provide plenty of pull for this compact wagon. The interior has bench seating for six, with seat belts for each, and a rear seat that folds flat for a large cargo area.

“The mechanical systems are in excellent condition,” the dealer says, and everything works properly, including the power steering, air conditioning and power rear window. There are just over 53,500 miles showing on the odometer.

The very-red interior seats six

“The body is straight and rust-free with good body gaps,” the dealer notes. “We used a metal-thickness device to check for body fill and found none. The faux wood is in very good condition with the exception of the area just below the gas tank fill which has been repaired. The OEM-style wire-wheel covers complete the period look!

“The driving manners of the wagon are very good with smooth performance, and drama-free steering and stopping.”

The asking price for this good-looking Falcon “woody” is $33,995. I’d like to think it truly is the one we saw driving around in Monterey, but we’ll never know for sure.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Family-heirloom Ford Speedster at Carmel Mission Classic

Stephanie Brower at the wheel of the 1914 Ford Model T Speedster built by her father, lost and found again | Bob Golfen photos
Stephanie Brower at the wheel of the 1914 Ford Model T Speedster built by her father, lost and found again | Bob Golfen photos

Stephanie Brower’s red-and-brass 1914 Ford Model T Speedster would be a sunny piece of car history even without its heartfelt back story. But it does have one, a moving tale that explains how she happens to possess a sporty little Model T that’s more than a century old.

This is Brower’s own antique flivver, and she drove it to show Wednesday at the Carmel Mission Classic, held at the historic San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel, California, a laid-back respite during the hectic Monterey Car Week. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1951 Ford F1 pickup truck

The Ford F1 pickup looks to be in fine, restored condition
The Ford F1 pickup looks to be in fine, restored condition

Ford recently celebrated another milestone, the 100th anniversary of its first work truck, the Model TT. Essentially a big-boned version of the Model T automobile, the TT set the stage for generations of purpose-built workhorses that continue through today’s F-Series pickup, for many years the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

The Pick of the Day is a 1951 Ford F1 pickup, one of the Dearborn automaker’s post-war redesigns as the economy got booming again and tradespeople sought out trucks that were not only job worthy but modern and stylish. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1937 Ford street rod coupe

The Ford retains the vintage details of a 57-year-old street rod build
The Ford retains the vintage details of a 57-year-old street rod build

Authenticity is important criteria for any collector car, whether it’s an all-stock classic, a vintage race car or a custom street rod. Which is what makes the Pick of the Day so appealing, a 1937 Ford coupe that was tastefully hot rodded 57 years go, and presents today as a window into how such things were done back in the street rod heyday.

“Built and painted in 1960!” declares the advertisement on ClassicCars.com placed by a dealer in Mount Vernon, Washington. The ad does not include a detailed history of the Ford, other than to note it was featured in the September 1960 issue of Rod and Custom Magazine. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Ford F-250

1972 Ford F-250 is a barn-found Camper Special
1972 Ford F-250 is a barn-found Camper Special

According to the private seller offering this truck on ClassicCars.com, it’s an all-original 1972 Ford F-250 Camper Special that spent 45 years hidden away in a pole barn.

The truck has been driven only 23,152 miles and still has the factory “OK” stamp on the valve cover of its 390 cid V8 engine. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Shelby GT500

1967 Shelby GT500
1967 Shelby GT500

Mustangs have been on my mind a lot lately. Between my quest for a new daily driver and my social media feeds exclusively displaying all things Mustang, and the upcoming Team Shelby Monterey trip, I couldn’t help myself from browsing ClassicCars.com to see what was listed.

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Pick of the Day: 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible

The Falcon Sprint convertible is an eye-catching red-on-red with period-correct sport wheels
The Falcon Sprint convertible is an eye-catching red-on-red with period-correct sport wheels

Shortly before the advent of the Mustang as a midyear 1964 model, the hot ticket among compact Fords was the Falcon Sprint. The monster success of the Mustang overshadowed the freshly redesigned Falcons -– from which the pony cars were derived -– but today, the 1964 Falcon has a dedicated fan base all its own.

The Pick of the Day is a top-of-the-line 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible, of which just over 4,200 were built that model year. The Sprint served as a halo model for Falcon, its 260 cid V8 putting a performance spin on the economy brand, but this one has been updated with the later 289 V8 and Mustang C4 automatic transmission. Continue reading

100 years ago, Ford rolled out its first work truck

The Ford F-100, like this 1953 model, was a staple of American farm life | Ford photos
The Ford F-100, like this 1954 model, was a staple of American farm life | Ford photos

Another automotive centennial is upon us, and this is a significant one: the 100th anniversary of Ford trucks. One-hundred years ago, Ford produced the first Ford TT, a vehicle designed specifically as a work truck, with a short open cab and heavy-duty frame that allowed it to carry a one-ton payload.

This was during the reign of the ubiquitous Ford Model T passenger cars, which were sometimes privately converted into purposeful trucks, among myriad other modifications. It wasn’t until 1925 that Ford produced a factory pickup version of the Model T, though it was still a lightweight car under its utility body. Continue reading

Low-mileage muscle highlights Mecum’s Harrisburg auction

A time-warp1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 convertible has been driven just 3,518 miles | Mecum Auctions photos
A time-warp1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 convertible has been driven just 3,518 miles | Mecum Auctions photos

Highlighted by “an unprecedented selection” of American muscle cars, the fourth annual Mecum auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will offer an anticipated 1,000 collector vehicles in a three-day sale August 3-5 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.

One of the most intriguing cars crossing the block, according to Mecum, is a 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 convertible in special-ordered Tahoe Turquoise with just 3,518 original miles. In original pristine condition, the 390cid V8-powered pony car shows the result of careful climate-controlled storage since new. Continue reading