1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback Coupe  Q-Code 427 engine 4-speed manual transmission  Chassis no. 3A66Q153187

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Lot 463
1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback Coupe Q-Code 427 engine 4-speed manual transmission
Chassis no. 3A66Q153187

US$ 55,000 - 65,000
£ 45,000 - 53,000
1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback Coupe Q-Code 427 engine 4-speed manual transmission
Chassis no. 3A66Q153187
Win on Sunday, sell on Monday: Ford general manager Lee Iacocca was a firm believer. In 1962, Ford had abandoned the auto industry’s dictum against racing, and, adopting the motto “Total Performance,” entered NASCAR with fervor. The cars, however, were hampered by their aerodynamics. The formal Galaxie roofline created wind resistance not encountered by competing cars. Iacocca thus directed designers to come up with a more slippery profile. The result was the “Fastback” coupe, introduced in mid-1963 on Galaxie and Falcon models.

A slippery shape, however, cannot be competitive without a strong heart, so Iacocca also asked for more power. Ford’s largest engine in 1962 had been 406 cubic inches in displacement, developing 385 bhp, or 405 with three two-barrel carburetors. For 1963, it was supplanted, mid-year, by a 427 cubic inch powerplant at the NASCAR limit. With a single four-barrel carburetor it made 410 bhp, with dual quads 425. A four-speed manual transmission was mandatory. The combination of the fastback roof and new engine propelled Ford to the manufacturer’s title in NASCAR racing for the season. Ford won on Mondays, too, as the fastback style proved popular. More than 100,000 were sold in the model year, despite the late introduction, double the number of coupes with the formal roofline.

An original, low-mileage car, this Galaxie 500 fastback coupe has been recently meticulously repainted. It was carefully disassembled, the prepared and re-sprayed in the original Wimbledon White color. The interior is done in red vinyl.

Previously in the collection of the late Lowell Dunn in Florida, it came to the current owner in excellent original condition. All body panels were, and remain, in excellent condition. The complete repaint was undertaken only because the original paint had been polished so often that it was wearing thin. Photographs of the car, before, during and after painting, are available.

This is an exceptional example of the “Q” code 427 cubic inch, 410 bhp 1963 Ford fastback. Equipped with the four-speed manual transmission, it comprises NASCAR muscle in a full-size boulevard package. Not seen on recent show circuits, it is ready to please a new owner in countless ways.
1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback Coupe  Q-Code 427 engine 4-speed manual transmission  Chassis no. 3A66Q153187
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