1963 Ford Falcon Futura

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. It turns out that the '81 Strada we just saw was an old DOTS car with new paint.

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Illustration for article titled 1963 Ford Falcon Futura
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The Strada post was already set to go and I think its new paint job looks good enough to showcase, so I decided to let it go live. Howzabout we check out an Alameda machine that hasn't appeared in this series? I shot this sharp-looking Futura last summer, when a gathering of old cars showed up at the tiki-est place in the world: Forbidden Island! A nice selection of vintage Detroit machinery was parked out front, including this '51 Dodge Wayfarer, this '59 Chevy El Camino, and a 1960 International Harvester B100 pickup.

Illustration for article titled 1963 Ford Falcon Futura

This has got to be one of the greatest emblems of all time.

Illustration for article titled 1963 Ford Falcon Futura
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Of course it's got a 4-speed!

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DISCUSSION

That is the most epic curb shot.

The Falcon could wring out 30mpg back then - does it really have to be that big a challenge to manage that now?

Maybe I need to go get a Falcon. Boy that'd look cool in the lot at work.