You're looking at one of the coolest sleeper racers around. This
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL was touched by Ford's racing gods back in
the day... yes, Holman-Moody. So it was the bright red coupe that
looked like a luxury machine, right down to the vinyl roof. But
inside was a big block 427 with four-on-the-floor ready to eat
anything on the streets. And today this fast Ford still has that
attitude right down to the rebuilt 480 hp original V8 motor.
Today, we are lucky if NASCAR racecars mildly resemble our street machines, but in 1964 Ford truly let the stock car series dictate the styling of their Galaxie coupe. The sloping rear roof (special to '64) might have made the car more attractive, but its true purpose was better aerodynamics on the track. In fact, this coupe saw some competition in its day (more on that in a moment.) But it's cool to be able to tell the story of why Ford made this one-year style, and then own one of the few examples that got to be used it to the fullest. Plus, while the original Rangoon Red paint had at least one respray earlier in this coupe's life, the black vinyl top is believed to be original. This is quite significant, because this is the only time the head of the R-Code Galaxie Registry has ever seen one. Plus, owning a Galaxie 500 XL was about showing off Ford's top-of-the line, and that's seen in great brightwork on places like the artful strip that ran the full length of the car, surrounding the jet-inspired taillights, and on the front grille with horizontal waves of chrome. It just makes us think a coupe like this was built to be a true sleeper that could pull up next to others at the stoplights playing incognito. All they would see would be a luxury presentation right before this powerful Galaxie showed them its taillights. It's a true Saturday night hero.
The interior matches the vinyl roof with a very original presentation of the black bucket seats. The light piping provides a nice contrast that is also carried on the door panels and desirable center console. This coupe still retains it's competition-style attitude, so you see a great mix of original components mixed with the right upgrades. You'll slip behind the original premium chrome ring wheel, and beyond that is the wide gauge cluster that spans half the dash. But then you notice in the center of your sightline is a SunPro tach, which will be very handy with the stick shift. Plus, the newer set of auxiliary gauges are exactly what you need to keep an eye on the beast under the hood.
The engine bay is filled with blue oval big block power. The R-code 427 cubic-inch V8 is believed to be original, which makes it part of an ultra rare upper-echelon of Galaxies (it even came originally with a transistor ignition, which was only applied to a handful of cars.) This would already make it a desirable classic, but those plates on the front bracket are what makes it true royalty. The coupe was sent to Holman-Moody, who built all the best Ford racers back in the day. And today we know this Galaxie can still tear up the asphalt thanks to a full rebuild (including correct dual Holley carbs) at KT Engineering in March of 2016. Don't believe it, then just take a look at the dyno sheet that proves 480 horsepower at the rear wheels. There's a ferocious bark out of the X-pipe dual exhaust, and you get complete control over the rumble and the fury of this total package thanks to the date-correct toploader four-speed manual transmission. This car's competition package is original right down to the NASCAR-spec Detroit Locker rear end. And have you noticed the upgrade to the American Racing wheels that allow you to mount grippy modern rubber? Those who thrive on originality will be happy to know the R-Code specific wheel covers come with the sale.
Complete with owner's manual, dyno sheet, and build receipts, you're looking at an already rare classic that was touched by the masters at Holman-Moody. That makes this cool Ford a rare and royal beast. Are you the one to tame this legend on wheels? Call now!!
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