1964 Ford Futura XM – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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XM Futura XM Futura

Rare pillarless hardtop: multi trophy-winner, ground-up resto

Ford’s XM Falcon hardtop of 1964 had punters wrapt with its glamourous styling and American influence. Until then, the Falcon had struggled with perception and subsequently, on the sales charts.

But Ford finally had something new to attract buyers away from Holden’s successful EH – until then, outselling the Falcon by four-to-one.

As acclaimed as the hardtop’s design was, however; few buyers actually drove away in one. It’s estimated that the Hardtops accounted for less than 10% of total XM/XP sales. Meaning the number of good survivors out there today is incredibly small.

Perhaps that’s contributed to their rise in values since the turn of the millennium. In 2002, the going-rate for a basic Hardtop was below $10,000, with only Futuras in extraordinary condition showing any hope of fetching close to $20,000. A little over ten years later, 170ci Deluxe automatics were fetching above $15,000, with truly exceptional examples nearing $40,000.

Engine capacity never significantly affected value, as neither the 170 or the 221 were truly inspirational units, but the three-speed auto would definitely be the pick over the column-shift manual or two-speed auto.

This top-spec XM Futura features the 221ci six and three-speed auto.

It’s undergone a 10-year ground up restoration and today presents as a multiple trophy winner.

With an odo reading of 15,980kms indicated within the listing, the seller has all records and receipts to go with the car, along with an original workshop manual.

It’s an immaculately presented vehicle with absolutely nothing left to do.

This XM is based in New South Wales and is listed for $35,000.

Check out the full listing here!

 

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