1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Sports Hardtop
Please note that there are no fender skirts included in the sale of this vehicle.
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OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
In the early 1960s, the horsepower race among American manufacturers became one focused on displacement, with each mill inching closer to the 7.0-liter (427 cu-in) NASCAR displacement limit. Chrysler offered a 426 cu-in Hemi V8, Pontiac a 421 cu-in Super Duty V8, and Chevrolet a 427 cu-in V8, while Ford’s largest powerplant was the 406 cu-in FE big-block. The Dearborn engineers went back to the drawing board and came back with the legendary 427 V8, available in 410 horsepower “Q-code” or 425 horsepower “R-code” specification. Topped with twin Holley 650 four-barrel carburetors, the R-code was built specifically to dominate at the highest levels of NASCAR and NHRA drag racing competition. Staying true to the “Win On Sunday, Sell On Monday” philosophy, Ford needed a sporting new model in which to offer the engine, appearing halfway through the 1963 model year as the Galaxie 500 Sports Hardtop. Rather than developing a completely new design, Ford took the wide, slab-sided silhouette of the Galaxie and gave it a fastback-style roofline for a slight aerodynamic edge at the track and the drag strip. The coveted 427 cu-in V8 would cost buyers an additional $570 on top of the Galaxie’s $2,730 base price and was installed in only 3,857 cars during the shortened 1963 model year, making them fiercely sought after today.
Jerry Ferguson, a member of the United States Navy and a co-founder of Biomet Inc., a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of musculoskeletal orthopedic implants and products, was known for his entrepreneurial drive and generosity. He was also an enthusiast of all things 1950s, from music to automobiles. Pursuing his love affair with the automobile, in 1984 Ferguson established the Classic Car Centre of Warsaw, Indiana, a company dedicated to the acquisition and restoration of mid-century American Classics. In operation until his return to Biomet in 1993, today Hagerty Marketplace is proud to offer The Ferguson Collection, comprising the long-hidden remaining inventory and personal collection of Jerry Ferguson.
Offered from The Ferguson Collection
One of only 3,857 R-code Galaxie 500 Sports Hardtops produced in 1963
427 cu-in overhead-valve V8 topped with two 650 four-barrel carburetors, rated at 425 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque
Borg-Warner four-speed manual transmission shifted via a floor-mounted Hurst T-Handle shifter with brake lock (with original shifter included in the sale)
Finished in black with a black vinyl hardtop
Original Red vinyl upholstery and white headliner
Additional under-dash-mounted Stewart Warner gauge pack (oil pressure, oil temperature, amperes, vacuum, fuel pressure)
Dash-mounted 9,000-rpm AutoMeter tachometer
Cast aluminum air cleaner with “427” emblem
Cast iron headers
Original dual four-barrel carburetor intake manifold, fuel log, and valve covers
Trunk-mounted battery and electric fuel pump
Chrome bumpers and trim present nicely
Original felt window seals
Solid body retaining its factory undercoating
The data tag decodes as follows:
63B - Galaxie 500, 2-Door Hardtop
M - Corinthian White Exterior
95 - Red vinyl top with Red Trim Vinyl Interior
18G - 18th July Production
11 - Boston DSO
9 - 4.11:1 Axle Ratio
5 - 4-Speed Manual-Shift Transmission
3 - 1963
W - Wayne Assembly
66 - 500 Two-door Fastback
R - 8-Cylinder, 427cu-in (two 4-barrel carburetors)
This Galaxie 500 Sports Hardtop R-Code is offered with the five-digit odometer currently displaying just over 15,000 miles at the time of listing; however, the true mileage is unknown
15-inch steel wheels with “dog dish” wheel covers
Chrome bumpers, front and rear
Driver’s side exterior rearview mirror
Three-spoke steering wheel
Manually operated windows
Horizontal 120 mph speedometer
Locking glove compartment
Bench seats, front and rear
Red loop-pile carpet
Under rider traction bars
Please note that all of the lots in The Ferguson Collection are offered in non-running condition after being stored without operation in a climate-controlled facility for at least 10 years. As a result, the lots will benefit from additional mechanical attention before being driven to address any imperfections associated with long-term storage or individual preferences. All lots are sold as is, where is.
The trunk lid is slightly bowed on the passenger side
Wear on top of the driver’s door panel
Rubber door seals are missing
Original four-speed shifter assembly included
Spare wheel and tire
Partial service records
This Galaxie 500 Sports Hardtop R-Code is said to have been sold new in Pennsylvania and used as a race car by the original owner before continuing to race with Gleason Racing in the Midwest. The car was then owned in Tennessee and Iowa before being acquired by The Ferguson Collection in 1994.
A Broad Arrow Group Consignment Specialist is working as an agent on behalf of the owner of this vehicle
Contact: Donnie Gould Phone: 954.647.0779 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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