Four auctions will see the hammer fall today on the Hemmings Auctions. Today’s array of vehicles includes a Falcon Sprint with a 302, a rugged vintage Jeep Gladiator, a Bowtie icon, and a Blue Oval supercharged truck from the days of Y2K.
First up to close today is this modified 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint. A precursor to the Mustang, the Falcon Sprint was a performance-themed variant of the popular economy model. Originally fitted with a 260-cu.in. V-8 and automatic transmission, this Falcon Sprint is meant to be driven and is powered by a 302 V-8 mated with a four-speed manual. The engine is dated from 1978 and is fed by a 600-cfm Holley four-barrel atop an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold. The body shows no signs of visible rust and has been fitted with a non-factory louvered hood (a stock hood will be included with sale). The interior has been preserved like the original aside from the Hurst shifter.
The Jeep pickup was going strong in the 1960s and the Gladiator was a staple among the Kaiser-Jeep offerings in 1968. This Gladiator J2000 is finished in President Red with a Rawhide interior. Most of the equipment is original, including the Hi-Torque 232-cu.in. I-6 engine and three-speed transmission. The exterior was repainted at some time with the interior of the bed retaining its original finish. The only obvious exterior modification are the bull horns, while some other touches include a double white pinstripe complimenting the paint, a chrome front bumper with over-riders, and a painted steel bumper in the rear with a tow-ball attachment. The unrestored interior features usual wear and tear while maintaining its originality all the way down to the floormats.
The Bel Air is often seen as an icon of the 1950s and this one happens to be very highly original. The car is believed to have traveled 119,000 miles according to the seller, and this hardtop is finished in the rare Dusk Pearl color. It is also powered by the 283-cu.in. small-block V-8 and two-speed Powerglide automatic, and the engine stamping indicates the car was assembled in Flint, Michigan. The exterior is said to show only minor blemishes, and the glass is reported to be in pristine condition and is believed to be original. Same story for the interior–some light wear and usage but no major cracking, tears or rips. This Bel Air features an AM tube radio and factory heater, both still operating as when they left Flint 62 years ago.
Ford built two generations of the F-150-based Lightning and this two-owner supercharged pickup only shows 4,781 miles on the odometer. It’s one of 4,966 Lightnings built in 2000 and is powered by a supercharged 5.4L Triton SOHC V-8, rated at 360 horsepower. All of the paint is original and showroom quality and features a color-matched hard bed cover, the only aftermarket upgrade made to this speedy hauler. The interior is reported to be blemish-free with the factory sound system and air conditioning functioning like new. The rarely driven and beautifully maintained preservation make this truck look new two decades later.