The Falcon convertible? Yes, it did exist
(HRB 333, where are you?!)
LEWIS Bandt, Ford's famous designer who was the father of the coupe utility, was also
famous for having produced a Falcon convertible with a steel retractable top.
milestone occurred when he was given the task of producing six special cars for the Miss
Australia Quest of 1964.
Working in conjunction with Geelong bodybuilding company, Bodycraft, Lew designed the
convertible using a Falcon utility as the base.
The utility back was
ideal for storing the steel roof which folded in two and slid back into the tray. This was
then covered by a steel panel which was hinged at the back.
But the electrics division obviously wasnt called in for such a limited
production run, because the roof was raised and lowered manually, quite a task considering
the weight of the steel top.
As the utility only
had the front bench seat, Lew designed a panel to separate the rear section which held the
top and installed a rear bench seat from the sedan.
Unfortunately, no-one knows exactly what happened to these six very special Falcons. The only
existing photos show one had the Victorian registration number HRB 333.
Perhaps someone knows where one of these unique convertibles is today!