Earlier this week I posted on this website that I had acquired the rally plate that was on the 1963 Ford Falcon driven by Bo Ljungfeldt that took part in the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally. Since then I have been contacted by several people about the performance of the Ford Falcon at the Monte Carlo Rally. In 1963, the Ford Motor Company even used the results from the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally in their advertising.
The following four-page Ford advertisement came from a very informative organization – the Automotive History Preservation Society.
In addition to that advertisement, Ford also had a more stylized advertisement shown below. The advertisement shows a fully optioned Ford Falcon Sprint which looked nothing like the Ford Falcon Sprint that competed in the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally. Note that the scene implies that this was the actual rally car on roads typical of the Monte Carlo Rally, complete with crowds and photographers along those roads.
To be certain, the 260 cubic inch V8 in the Monte Carlo Rally Falcon would have been improved significantly from the standard 164 horsepower V8 available from Ford dealers. Some people said that the 260 cubic inch V8 had “the power of a 6 cylinder and the economy of an 8 cylinder”.
The success of the Ford Falcons in the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally caused Ford to come back to the Monte Carlo Rally in a bigger way in 1964.
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