½ Ford Galaxie 500 R-Code Factory Lightweight
Chassis no. 3N66R143803
427 Single Over Head Cam (SOHC) Cammer Engine
Twin 4-Barrel Carburetors 4-Speed Top Loader Manual Transmission
Heavy-Duty Independent Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Heavy-Duty Drum Brakes
In the early 1960s, Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler Corporation slugged it out on the nation\\\\’s drag strips, NASCAR ovals, and road-racing circuits. Manufacturers stuffed the largest-possible engines into their full-sized two-door models to create true performance versions. To meet FIA and NASCAR displacement rules, these immensely powerful motors were limited to seven liters, or just over 427 cubic inches. Thus were born the 426-inch motors from Dodge and Plymouth, 421s from Pontiac, and 427s from Chevrolet and Ford.
The \\\\’63 1/2 Galaxie fastback symbolized a new mindset at Ford in the spring of that year. The Galaxie\\\\’s fastback roofline was the brainchild of Ford Division General Manager Lee Iacocca, who wanted more sportiness in all Ford car lines. Iacocca infused a totally new image into the Ford Division lineup called Total Performance. Recognizing that these big sedans would go faster and accelerate more quickly if they shed some weight, factory engineers looked for ways to eliminate every possible pound. The 1963½ Ford Galaxie 500 Lightweight \\\\”Sportsroof\\\\” hardtop was Ford\\\\’s response. Only 212 of the production run were built to drag racing specification at the direction of Ford\\\\’s Merchandising Department. It was built on lighter frames intended for a 300-series sedan and utilizing various heavy-duty brake and suspension components in addition to lightweight panels.
To match the success that Chrysler was having on the race circuit with the Hemi engine, Ford Engineers over the course of a 90 Day period honed its overhead cam knowledge. Ford produced the 427 Single Over Head Cam which was hailed as “Ford’s greatest engine.” It’s still referred to as the “90-day wonder,” and more commonly, the “Cammer.” It’s the Single Overhead Cam 427 Ford, the SOHC (pronounced “sock”). Based on Ford’s 427ci side-oiler block, it was intended to be Ford’s high-rpm answer to Chrysler’s 426 Hemi for NASCAR in 1964. Many of these engines were produced, but when When NASCAR told Ford it could not compete with an overhead cam engine, Ford wound up with dozens of 427-inch cammers on its hands. Many of them wound up in drag racers. Others were installed in boats. Still others were installed in street drivers.
The car presented here at auction is not only a true 1963 ½ Galaxie 500 Lightweight, but also one fitted with a N.O.S. 427 SOHC big-block. The car underwent a complete frame-off restoration to factory specifications and is powered by one of the Cammer crate engines that went undiscovered for many years. When it was discovered, it was knocked down and thoroughly inspected before assembly and fire-up. When the cammer was placed on the dyno, it made 675 hp at 7,500 rpm. The drivetrain behind the 700-horse FE big-block matches the output of the engine. Ford\\\\’s Top Loader four-speed transmission mates to a \\\\”N\\\\” case 9-inch Detroit Locker, sporting 4.11:1 gears. The car is presented much as you would have expected in the \\\\’60s: factory drum brakes at all four corners, American Torq-Thrust D wheels, Mickey Thompson tires, N.O.S. factory Autolite shock absorbers, a 17-inch steering wheel, lightweight bucket seats, and only the necessary instrumentation.