At first glance, Tim Sutherland's 1963-1/2 Falcon looks like any other mid-year fastback with a cool trailer attached. The car is actually a one-of-a-kind retractable hardtop, which can turn into a convertible with the roof stowed neatly away under the trunk lid.
A factory Falcon Sprint interior was installed, with the available under-dash air conditioning unit hung neatly in place. The center console hides the switches that control the retractable roof's operation.
It takes a discerning eye to pick up on the major body modification performed on the car; the car was stretched by 4 inches in the middle of the rear wheel openings, to provide enough room for the hardtop to be stored under the trunk lid.
Tim Sutherland was always fascinated with the early Ford retractable hardtops, especially the sleek 1957 models. Rather than pay the premium prices those cars now command, he decided to build a smaller retractable hardtop of his own, using Falcon components.
Another of Sutherland's unusual Falcon projects is this recently completed 1965 police cruiser, which will be on display this weekend at the Falcon Nationals in Tulsa, along with his retractable hardtop and trailer.