1964 Ford Falcon Futura

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles on the the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Readers spotted an XR4Ti in photos of last week's DOTS R107, so I went back… and found this Falcon instead!

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It sports an old Morris Landy Ford license plate frame, which means it was likely bought from the now-defunct Alameda Ford dealership that had the slogan "Another Dandy From Morris Landy," but this is the first time I've seen this extremely straight Futura around town. No doubt it lives in a garage most of the time.

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Yes, the same engine that Carroll Shelby used in the first Cobra, and one of my favorite displacement badges of all time. Does the Ford 260 emblem look as cool as the old Pontiac 421 badge? Discuss.

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For inquiring minds:

Both Ford and Chrysler, unknown to each other, chose the name Falcon for their new small car. But because Ford reserved the name with an industry registry only 20 minutes ahead of Chrysler, it won the right to the name.

The name Falcon is not new to the automobile industry. The roster of 2600 names that have graced the automotive scene in the last 60 years shows that Falcon was used by two other manufacturers. A Falcon passenger car was made in 1922, and a Falcon-Knight was marketed in 1926.