Jay Leno’s 1963 1/2 Ford Falcon Sprint Dream Car

For a guy known for having one of the most envied car collections in history Jay Leno sure surprised us when he recently acquired his dream car. We were thinking somewhere along the lines of the only 1963 Chevrolet Corvette “Rondine” ever built or, maybe, Carroll Shelby’s own 1969 GT500 convertible. But, to hear him tell it Leno’s true love has always been the 1963 ½ Ford Falcon Sprint he’s “fantasized about” since he was a wee lad. Which is why it’s so cool he recently found one – built, he says, just the way he would have built it – for just $26,000 on bringatrailer.com. He proudly shows off his new baby in the video below.

(Source: Jay Leno’s Garage, autoblog.com)

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  1. Jay’s interest in one of the earliest “Total Performance” Ford’s shouldn’t surprise anyone. Jay was from a Ford family (ever see his 66 7-Litre?) and was in his early teens (as was I) when the 63 mid year Fords/Mercs were released. The manufacturer was very quick to leverage the new look (in compacts AND big cars) on race courses and tracks all over the world in order to burnish their image.

    HF II was determined to make his brand a household word in international motorsports circles — and this car (which Ford entered in road races and the Monte Carlo Rally), represents that combination motorsports and sales campaign.

    The cars were drop dead gorgeous, to boot. What had started it’s life as a grocery getter with a 144 C.I. 6 just a few years earlier had evolved into a pretty darned agressive looking V8 compact. Jay is a rennaisance man (when it comes to his electic tastes in collector vehicles) as well as a red-blooded American gearhead.

    Owning this car makes perfect sense to me. I completely get it.

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  2. Hello,
    First, Jay mentions this guy name Toby that built his 1963 1/2 Ford Falcon Sprint. Does any know how I can get in contact with the Toby guy ? Have him call me at (832)649-1157. Ron.
    Here’s my situation. My youngest son attends the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He’s a junior Cadet. The Academy mascot is the Falcon Bird. I want Toby or anyone to build me a Falcon for my son who graduates in 2 years. So it will be a Falcon for a Falcon. Can anyone help me out with a Falcon Sprint ?

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      1. Okay, Ron,
        We’ve done a little sleuthing. We don’t know “Toby” but, if Toby’s the guy Leno bought the Falcon from on BaT then this is the original listing:

        http://bringatrailer.com/2012/04/10/bat-exclusive-monte-style-1963-ford-falcon-sprint/

        If you scroll down to the bottom of the listing there’s a link that’ll allow you to contact the seller, presumably “Toby”. And if you scroll down to the comments, there’s one added by “Toby” on April 12, 2012 at 4:12 p.m. ( the post is highlighted).
        Good luck!
        – – Shan

    1. Ron — First, thank your kid for his service to the nation, Definitely a cool idea to get your son a Falcon.
      To add what the Butler folks have already said: The body style of Jay’s car was a 1/2 year-only…available in late 63. You could get it in two model lines, the Sprint and the Futura. They were essentially the same car with minor trim differences. The Sprint also got you as standard, the 260 c.i. V8 motor (which could be ordered as an option in the Futura). In 1964 and 1965 — the last 2 years of Sprint production — the car was restyled. It now had much sharper lines. Some people feel they should have kept the 63-styling. I like both styles.
      Because 1963s were a 1/2 year-only body style, they are much sought after — but you can find them through Internet searches and through collectible car publications like Hemmings Motor News. Another good source of Falcon information is a site called TFFN.net (The Ford Falcon News).
      I agree that Toby did an outstanding job of “restomodding” the car he sold to Jay. Leno has very high standards and you can tell this little white car really rings his bell.
      Another resource is the Falcon Club of America. Their site ( http://www.falconclub.com/) is a great way to meet others who share an interest in these old cars. You could also locate a local chapter and even someone in your area who does restorations/builds.

      Good luck to you and again — thank your boy for his service.

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    2. Ron — With your need in mind, I’ve been keeping an eye out for early Falcon hardtops. There are darned few out there that haven’t already been rebuilt…Interestingly enough, I’ve found more deals on Falcon convertibles than the hardtops.

      All that said, here’s what appears to be a solid hardtop (a six-cylinder, unfortunately) at a dealer in Nebraska:
      http://www.chuckrogersautosales.com/1963_Ford_Falcon_TEKAMAH_NE_188327284.veh

      Finding a restoration shop in your area is something I might ask the folks at the Falcon Club about.

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