Lot 278 - 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Coupé
|Estimate||£28,000 - £33,000|
The Ford Galaxie was a full-size car built by the Ford Motor Company from 1959 through to 1974 with the name used in a marketing attempt to appeal to the excitement surrounding the Space Race. In 1962, all full-size Fords wore the Galaxie badge, with '500' and '500/XL denoting the higher series. 1965 saw the introduction of the Galaxie 500/LTD, followed by the Galaxie 500 seven litre in 1966. The Galaxie 500 part was dropped from the LTD in 1966 and from the XL in 1967; however the basic series structuring levels were maintained. The 'regular' Galaxie 500 continued below the LTD as Ford's mid-level, full-size model from 1965 until its demise at the end of the 1974 model year. Some Galaxies were high-performance, racing specification machines; a large forebearer of the muscle car era. It is perhaps best known outside the UK for its enviable racing heritage in NASCAR, Stock Car and Drag racing during the 1960's. What may not be as widely known is the Touring car or Appendix J racing history of these cars. From the 1963 Touring car season onwards, a small number of Galaxies were a regular feature in Europe at tracks such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Nürburgring and many others.
This incredible 1964 Galaxie was the subject of a recent total restoration and comes with a comprehensive collection of detailed photos. Only a few hundred 'Cammer' motors were built due to the ban from NASCAR; subsequently most of them found their way into Drag racing. The seven litre, 427ci, single overhead camshaft 'Cammer' engine was supplied with the option of a single four barrel carburettor or twin, four barrel carburettors. This outstanding example is fitted with the latter which produces a mind-blowing 657bhp. No expense has been spared during the restoration of this extraordinary model; disc brakes have been fitted all round as well as a twin plate clutch and a Positrake rear axle-capable of accepting up to 1,000bhp. This Ford Galaxie Coupé not only sounds
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