Remember the Shelby Falcon? Me neither, and in that lies a tale. Peter Brock worked for Shelby American in the 1960s and did a lot of the design work on the Shelby Mustangs, among other things, though what might be his best known design was the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and everyone remembers that.
During those years, he needed a vehicle for parts chasing and towing so he acquired a Ford Falcon Sedan Delivery, a pretty rare model, but perfect for carrying parts and running errands. Of course, if the intended use is for the Shelby factory, you know it can’t be running around like a common Falcon, it just wouldn’t be right, so the car was given the Shelby treatment, the same as a GT350 would have received since the Falcon was the basis of the original Mustangs and all of the suspension and undercarriage was the same. They installed a Hi Performance 289, modified the interior and the result was just the kind of car you would expect to have been sitting outside the Shelby operation. The original now resides in the Shelby American Museum in Boulder, Colorado and the story behind it can be found in Shelby Cars in Detail by Frank Barrett.
This reproduction offered for sale is the only one known to exist and it looks pretty faithful to the original. The car has a Mexican block 302 bored and stroked to 331 cubic inches. (The Mexican blocks supposedly have better metallurgy than standard blocks) It has all of the engine work you would expect, plus a very nice addition is the period correct Paxton supercharger. The seller estimates output at 500 horsepower.
Subframe connectors stiffen the body, there are modified upper A arms on the front suspension just like the Shelby Mustang GT350, gas shocks and a Ford 9 inch rear with Detroit Locker and 3.54 gears.
How much value this car has due to any Peter Brock connection is questionable since it is a replica and it’s not a clone everyone wants since most people, including me, never even knew this car existed in the first place. On the other hand, it’s a very rare Falcon model to begin with and nicely modified with likely respectable performance, so it’s still going to be a lot of fun to drive and I’d expect it to generate a lot of interest at the next classic cruise in. Plus, you get to tell the onlookers about those early days at Shelby American when cars like this prowled the streets.