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Cobra V8-Swapped 1964 Ford Falcon Delivery Sells for Double Reserve Price, Shocks No One
Americans don't give a rat's behind about station wagons anymore. Or at least, they're so off-put by lots and lots of bad wagons from the 80s and 90s that they allowed crossover SUVs to outright replace them. But would this have been true in a parallel universe where this Cobra V8 Ford Falcon Delivery was a factory-fresh, fully OEM model?

Cobra V8-Swapped 1964 Ford Falcon Delivery Sells for Double Reserve Price, Shocks No One

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Granted, USDM-spec Falcons never left their American factories sporting anything quite as wicked as what the five-liter V8 monster lurks under the hood of this restomod. It's the end result of the blood, sweat, and tears spilled by one Bring a Trailer user out of Manhattan Beach, California. Or they may have just paid someone to do it for them. Hard to tell, really. We last saw this particular restomod earlier this month, with an goal sell price of $25 grand. Well then, let's see how it got on in the end.

For those who might not know, the Ford Falcon wore dozens of different masks on highways across the globe. In Australia, it was a transformative vehicle for the entire nation, helping to form the basis for the now time-honored past time of Aussie Sports Car Racing. In South America, they were used as everything from police cruisers to taxi cabs and even in government paramilitary operations by the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance terrorist group. Scary stuff.

But in These United States, the Falcon is mostly known for serving as part of the foundation for the first-generation Mustang pony car. As much of a landmark as the original Mustang was and still today is, it surely drew away a substantial amount of the thunder the Falcon may have been able to garner.

Especially had it, and not the Mustang, been chosen to evolve into the first American pony car. Well, a sick-looking restomod wagon edition of a 1964 Falcon is a perfect chance to get some of that back. Let's get cracking, shall we? As with most custom builds that aren't sponsored by the auto industry, this Cali-special was built that developed over the years long term of ownership.

In this case, over a decade-long ownership, a journey that started back in 2012. Any number of different six or eight-cylinder engines could have found its way under the engine bay of this Falcon Delivery. But none of them, even the mighty Windsor V8, could hold a candle to what this restomod's got packing.

One of the first orders of business in store for this car was fitting the aforementioned five-liter Cobra V8 from an early 90s Fox Body platform. To further advance the tech in this wagon, an accessory drive from a 1991 Ford Explorer and an intake unit borrowed from the same Fox Body Cobra engine were chosen.

It's all joined by exhaust manifolds from a 1965 Ford K-platform 289 V8 of all things. It's a strange choice, perhaps. But no one will argue it's not tastefully applied in this Falcon wagon. All this considerable horsepower is fed through a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive. You'd expect an engine of this caliber to be the heart and soul of this restomod.

But if you ask us, the real magic is in the suspension. It starts with late-model Mustang front control arms, KYB shocks, and a Ford Explorer rear axle fitted with a Watts linkage and traction bars. A 1972 Mustang power-steering unit provides just enough feedback for parking lot maneuvers, but shouldn't get too in the way when you decide to deliver some Mission-Style burritos down pacific coast canyon roads.

Throw in a wicket black leather interior and with front seats out of a Lincoln Mark VIII, and you have the perfect blend of new and old to go along with a final selling price of $50,000, double what the owner was gunning for.

 
 
 
 
 

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