Ford Galaxie 500 Factory Lightweight
In 1963, Ford was about to become the performance king both on the track and in the showroom with its legendary R-Code, dual-quad 425-horsepower version of the 427 cubic inch V8 engine, available in its Thunderbirds, Galaxies and Fairlanes. The top of the line 500 models were reportedly named after the 500 mile stock car races in which the Galaxies competed.
These cars were more richly trimmed, with additional chrome trim, ornate full-length upper and lower body moldings and chromed A-post and window moldings. Galaxies have gone on to become favorites with collectors, but the most sought after are the rare, high performance “Lightweight” models. One could order Ford’s completely revised, full-size Galaxie XL500 powered by a 427 cubic inch V8 for the street. Essentially a bored and stroked 406, this was the most powerful engine Ford had ever offered. It reflected Ford’s commitment to selling cars through its quickly emerging racing programs.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
425 bhp, 427 cu. in. five main bearing V8 engine, dual Holley four-barrel carburetors, four-speed Borg-Warner T10 manual transmission, heavy duty suspension, and four-wheel heavy duty drum brakes. Wheelbase: 119"
Source: RM Auctions