SLICK Z-CODE GALAXIE, BUILT 390 V8, 4-SPEED, 9" REAR, DUAL EXHAUST, CRAGAR MAGS
This 1963 Ford Galaxie is one of industrial-strength brawlers that pre-dates the muscle car era but delivers the same heavyweight punch. With a snarling 390, a sinister black on black color combination, and that NASCAR-inspired look, this was Ford's top piece of muscle in the days before the Mustang.
"Total Performance" was Ford's motto in 1963, and the Galaxie hardtop with its fastback roofline was designed to dominate NASCAR. The bodywork is handsome, yet aggressive, and when wrapped in beautiful black paint like this one, the effect is akin to the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. And for 20-year-old paint, the finish is quite good. It shows a soft gloss that is period-perfect, and a professional wet sand and buff would really wake it up and make it look amazing. Even from five feet away, this sucker looks great! The bodywork is quite straight, which is critical on a black car; heck, there aren't even any parking lot dings in the doors or quarter panels. All the chrome and stainless trim, including the bumpers and that intricate grille, is bright and shiny, with no signs of rust or damage, and the side trim makes the already huge Galaxie look a mile long. And there's no mistaking Ford performance in the early '60s, because the jet-inspired taillights give it a distinctive look that's one of the era's best.
The interior is also nicely finished, with fresh front seat covers, headliner, visors and carpets. They're correct and accurate, and given the condition of the rest of the car, they don't seem particularly out of place in the least. They blend perfectly with the original parts that are still in place and you have to admit that seeing a 4-speed in a bench set Galaxie is pretty danged cool. There are a few sags here and there, but for the most part it's beautifully preserved, and further evidence of this car's clean life can be seen in the near-spotless door jambs, which also appear to have been cleaned and waxed on a regular basis. An aftermarket tachometer has been strapped to the steering column and the dash pad was notched for clearance, but a replacement pad is included in case you want to go back to stock. And as a full-sized car, there's a positively giant trunk out back which carries a correct mat set and a vintage spare tire assembly.
This is a real Z-code 390 car, although the engine isn't the factory-issued piece. With a 4-barrel carburetor, it was just one step below the top-of-the-line 427, and delivered formidable performance on the street. This one is upgraded with an .030 overbore, a 428 Cobra Jet camshaft, and a big Holley carb on a Ford aluminum intake. It remains a gentleman's engine, however, with a smooth idle and the ability to cruise effortlessly at high speeds without so much as a whisper. The engine bay is clean and tidy, with nice chrome details, a lot of new components, and no signs of abuse or neglect. The 4-speed manual gearbox slams through the gears with authority and 3.50 gears in the 9-inch rear mean that someone was thinking when it was time to fill out the order form. A burly dual exhaust system with glasspack-style mufflers gives it that '60s performance sound and it sits on vintage-looking Cragar mag wheels with 235/70/15 white-letter radials all around.
With long-term ownership and a nice restoration, this is a fast, fun piece of Ford muscle at a price that's all out of whack with how cool it is. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Vinyl Interior
- Build Receipts
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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