Classic American

Life Story

Talking to cars is probably a sign that the men in white coats are coming to take you away, but I’d love to have a chat with this old Falcon. It’s had an incredible life and there must be a wealth of detail we’ll never know. But we’re lucky to have the next-best thing: that’s the car’s owner, Diego Presenza. Diego’s immense enthusiasm for it has ensured that the life history of this 1963 convertible remains etched in his memory.

Diego heard a lot of the story from the car’s previous owner when he found and bought it in Barcelona in 2006, but we’ll get to that later. We’re going to begin at the beginning, which in this case is the state of Florida in 1963. It seems the Falcon was sold new by auction; perhaps clearing dealer stock to make way for the ’64 model year. In any case, the lady who won the bidding promptly re-sold the car.

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