This week I took delivery of a 1963 Monte Carlo Rally plate that I recently purchased. The plate is the actual rally plate that was on the hood of the 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint that was entered by the Ford Motor Company. The 1963 Falcon Sprint was an early Ford small car fitted with their small block V8 engine. These were in the days before the Mustang was available. For 1963, the Ford Falcon V8 engine displaced 260 cubic inches. The Falcon with rally plate number 233 was driven by the Sweden’s Bo Ljungfeldt.
My New 1963 Monte Carlo Plate From The Number 223 Ford Falcon
This plate had been hanging on a wall in Maryland since the early 1980s. The previous owner bought it in an antiques shop in Maryland in the early 1980s. It is not known how the rally plate got to Maryland before that time. I am surprised that Ford let this plate get away.
Ford Falcon Sprint In the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally With Rally Plate # 223
For Ford, 1963 was an initial foray into the Monte Carlo Rally with an American car. Next year Ford returned big time with the 289 cubic inch V8 engine in the 1964 Falcon. The 1964 Ford Falcon was the fastest car at the Monte Carlo Rally and it won every stage. However as a result of the handicap placed on large engines, the actual winner of the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally was a Mini Cooper.
The 1963 Ford Falcon #223 On The Monte Carlo Rally Stages
The challenge for me now is to display this rally plate in a suitable manner. I’m still trying to solve that one. I have other rally plates displayed on a wall at my place, but I think that this plate deserves special treatment.
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