Elegant design cues appear in the dash and instrument pod, with plenty of chromed brightwork, the requisite (rare) Sprint tachometer and a beautifully restored woodgrained Sprint steering wheel giving the convertible a sense of luxury.
Sprint V-8 badging adorns the front fenders; the standard 13-inch wheels were upgraded to 14-inch versions fitted with 1957 Thunderbird wheel covers. The thin whitewalls and body-colored wheel lips were standard fare in the mid-1960s.
From the rear, the Sprint convertible shows off pleasing proportions, with round contours accented by classic Ford bullet-style tail lights, a chrome spear giving the car more width visually and a pair of chrome tailpipe tips peaking out from under the smoothly flowing rear bumper.
Nelson is keen to keep his Sprint as close to factory original as possible, pointing out the iconic center console is a one-year-only version of the storage bin. The ring encircling the latch button confirms that; earlier consoles didn't have that ring, he says.
One of the owner's favorite period-correct touches is the under-dash Realistic FM radio converter that he added to the basic sound setup. It provides musical accompaniment through the factory speaker set into the top of the dash.
Nestled under the hood of the Falcon is the correct 260 cubic inch V-8, wearing an original chrome-topped air cleaner atop the 2-barrel Autolite carburetor, factory-issue chrome Sprint valve covers and a chrome-topped power steering pump.
Nelson's Sprint has been treated to an upper front suspension drop, which along with a 1-coil cut to the front springs, not only lowers the car by about an inch and a half, but improves the handling noticeably. Note the spearhead leading the way on the body side molding.