427-powered muscle cars through the years

By: Unique Cars magazine, Photography by: Unique Cas archives, Mecum, RM Auctions, Ford

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We take a glance at some of Ford's and GM's finest that raised the performance bar thanks to 427 power

 

1963

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CHEVROLET IMPALA Z11

Another factory dragstrip special, along with 427 power, a 4-speed manual and aluminium front panels it had no comfort items like heater or radio.

 

FORD GALAXIE

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Two things worked for Ford in NASCAR racing in 1963 – the slippery shape of their fastback Galaxie and the power of the thundering 427 big-block powerplant.

| Read next: Holman Moody Ford Galaxie racer

 

MERCURY MARAUDER/MONTEREY  

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The 427 engine option across these models mandated a 4-speed manual transmission. Marauder 427s came with a single 4-bbl carb, the Super Marauders got twin 4-bbls.

| Read more: 1963 1/2 Mercury Marauder review

 

MERCURY COMET/CYCLONE/COUGAR

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To avoid competing directly with Ford Thunderbolt cousins on the dragstrip, track-prepared lightweight 427 Comets ran in the specialised new experimental (A/FX) class.

| Read more: 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT

 

1964

SHELBY COBRA/DAYTONA

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Fitting a 427 in a car designed around small block Fords required substantial chassis, suspension and body mods– but hey, it was worth it.

| Read more: Shelby Cobras: AC 289, 427 & 427 S/C

 

FORD THUNDERBOLT

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This factory dragstrip-special Fairlane Tudor was powered by a twin 4-bbl version of the 427 that insiders say produced close to 450kW max power.

 

1966

FORD GT40

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In 1963 Henry Ford II contracted UK race car builder Eric Broadley of Lola Cars to build him a Ferrari-beating endurance racer. Early versions of the new Ford GT40 powered by Ford’s 289 V8 and then the 302 showed promise in competition in 1964-65. Then with Ford himself present at Le Mans in 1966, 427-powered . GT40s finished 1, 2, 3 in the 24-hour event. Job done!

| Read more: Ford GT40 review

 

FORD FAIRLANE

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The Fairlane model range came with the 427 engine performance option inherited from the earlier Thunderbolt models. Potent R-code hardtops went racing.

| Read more: Ford 427 R-Code Fairlane review

 

CHEVROLET BISCAYNE/BELAIR/IMPALA/CAPRICE  

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What a sleeper a Chevrolet family car would be with 427 power and a 4-speeder or even with a Powerglide.

 

1969

CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1

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Bob Jane’s flying Camaro put its 427 to good use, convincingly taking out the 1971 Australian Touring Car Championship ahead of Alan Moffat’s Mustang.

 

FORD DRAG TEAM

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In 1969-70 Ford’s factory drag team included two Mustang fastbacks powered by the ultimate 427, the brutish SOHC "Cammer" that set the strips alight.

| Read more: Ford 427 Cammer V8 engine

 

2002

HRT 427 CONCEPT

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A local 427 connection, one that might have been, is the fast and furious 2002 HSV Monaro. Sadly only two pre-production examples were built.

| Read more: 2002 Holden Monaro HSV HRT 427 concept review 

 

2008

HSV W427

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This local stunner did make it into production. Launched to celebrate 20 years of HSV, with 137 examples built, it shares  its 375kW LS7 427 with the C6 Z06 Corvette.

| Read more: 2008 HSV W427 review

 

 

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