1963 Ford Galaxie 427 4-speed - project car

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

Not the cheapest project car you'll ever find, but could be a winner if it checks out.

1963 Ford Galaxie 427 4-speed - project car
Big Galaxie could be a winner if it checks out.

This is one of those situations where you'd need to go in with your eyes open and well-armed with information - after all, the owner of this car is asking $48,000 for something that looks like it needs a fair bit of work, including paint, chrome, at least some of the interior and probably more.

That said, the ad says its a 427 R Code Galaxie with a four-speed transmission. Assuming all that checks out - you'd want to be sure the numbers were right at that price - then this could very well be a viable project.

An R code Fastback of that spec is one of the more desirable muscle car from the sixties and should more than hold its value over time.

Many were raced and a lot of the remainder ended up donating their powertrain to other projects, or getting stolen.

Hotroad magazine in the USA ran a good piece on this series, which also shows what a fiunished one should look like. The 427 Galaxie registry in the USA could also be another useful source. Plus, we did our own yarn on this series, just last year.

The basic stats for this model include the famous 427 with dual four-barrel carbs (with the rare oval-shape air cleaner) and a 425 horsepower claim. You could also order optional alloy heads. There was also a more modest variant with 410 horses. The transmission was by Borg Warner and the diff the legendary 9-inch.

You only got drum brakes all round, but power assist was available. Power steering was often deleted.

See the online ad.

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