Cool vintage Fords seemed to be the theme for Bringatrailer.com over the past couple weeks. My favorite was definitely this 1964 Ford Falcon two-door wagon, a clean time-warp machine from California offered — and currently still available — as a BaT Exclusive for $7000. It’s a minimally optioned vehicle (heater, radio, roof rack) with a wheezy six-cylinder and a three-speed manual on the column. I particularly love the three-on-the-tree, the “cattle-print seat material,” and the boxy lines covered in cream-colored paint. I also love the fact that, unlike so many vintage station wagons, this car was not staged for photos with surfboards strapped to the roof.
Starting at $2315, the two-door model was the cheapest Falcon station wagon you could buy in 1964 ($34 cheaper than a four-door version), but it was also the least popular, as only 6034 were produced. Today, though, two-doors generally carry a premium of about ten percent. Of course, a bigger premium goes to V-8-powered cars, and, as such, many six-cylinder engines have been ditched over the years. The charm of this particular Falcon, though, is its unmolested, true-to-1964 condition. A snail-like natural-gas Honda Civic could probably beat this Ford in a drag race, but there aren’t many modern cars that will ever be this cool. I love small American station wagons from this time period, although as a Mopar guy by birth, I’d prefer to park a three-on-the-tree, slant-six Plymouth Valiant or Dodge Dart wagon in my driveway.
Ironically, back in the day, cars like this were the complete opposite of cool, as several BaT commenters pointed out:
“It’s funny how this basic-transportation model has now achieved a level of ‘cool’ that it couldn’t even have dreamed about back in the day.”
“[I] wouldn’t have been caught dead in this car back in the day. Now it is the epitome of cool.”
“Yesterday’s Granny car [has] morphed into a chick magnet.”
How times change.
Finalists for my favorite BaT car from May 1 through May 15 include the following, ranked from most tantalizing to least:
1. A very original, superslick 1941 Buick Club Coupe that’s currently still on Craigslist.
2. This monstrous 1965 Ford Mustang A/FX vintage drag racer with an eBay buy-it-now price of $75,000 that didn’t sell at a high bid of $42,100.
3. Apparently a great bargain, this 1968 Ford Fairlane 500 fastback sold on eBay Motors — which now (finally) has an iPhone app — for $6611. (Another eBay/BaT bargain was this $4050 1976 Mazda RX-4 SCCA race car.)
4. A very attractive 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV, another Bringatrailer Exclusive that sold in just two days and was being offered for a $24,000.
5. A wacky 1973 Ryder Paymaster Cummins Tractor; not a single eBayer sprang for the $14,950 opening bid, so this one might come back on the market in the near future.
If you’re not as committed to daydreaming about old cars as I am, check out my semimonthly blog, where I select my favorite Bringatrailer.com car of the past couple weeks. My prior Fortnight Favorite picks were a racy 1959 MGA Twin Cam roadster and a clean 1965 Austin Mini Cooper S. If you want to stay fully up-to-date on what the old-car buffs are discussing, subscribe to BaT’s daily email blast of a wide assortment of old cars for sale and visit automobilemag.com every so often to learn what cars I like best. And feel free to share your thoughts — and your own favorites — in the comments section below.