2009 was a rough year for American automakers, with both General Motors and Chrysler filing bankruptcy and coming to the American taxpayer for a bailout at a time when everybody was feeling the crunch of the Great Recession. Hardly a great time to found a bespoke supercar manufacturer, but that’s exactly what engineer Jeff Lemke did with Falcon Motorsports.
Debuting at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the F7 is a unique cocktail of Lemke’s favorite cars. The 1,100 horsepower American supercar drew inspiration from Italian exotics such as Ferrari and Lamborghini, as well as homegrown vehicles including the Chevy Corvette, Dodge Viper, and Ford GT.
Falcon makes just a handful of F7s each year, with prices starting at $295,000 for the naturally aspirated, 640 horsepower version powered by GM’s venerable 427 cubic-inch LS7 mounted midship. Those with a need for speed (and more money to burn) can opt for a twin-turbo version of the LS7 producing 1,100 horsepower. The F7 featured at Barrett-Jackson’s upcoming Scottsdale auction is the 640 horsepower version, and will go in a no reserve auction.
Having just 12,722 miles on the odometer, this rare supercar is barely broken in, and it could go for much, much less than its original price tag. Featuring a coilover pushrod suspension system and a Ricardo 6-speed transmission, it could also be a fun weekend track car for somebody with no patience for the underpowered.
Conversely, for the cost-conscious car collector, it could be a unique centerpiece for the right price, or an impractical daily driver if you’re devoted enough. How much would you bid on this badass bird?