Ford galaxie 500 lightweight. 1963 ford galaxie 427 lightweight factory drag racer for sale. Ford intended to race the cars in super stock competition but the nhra felt they were not stock vehicles and moved them to the factory experimental class where they were uncompetitive against the highly modified vehicles they were forced to race. Photos by dan duckworth courtesy mecum auctions unless otherwise noted.
Fords 1963 galaxie 500 and 500xl sports hardtops had already proven themselves winning the 1963 nascar championship. And where the street 427 galaxie 500 sports hardtop was the car used in fords dominating nascar program the lightweight was strictly for dragstrip duty. The name was used for the top models in fords full size range from 1958 until 1961 in a marketing attempt to appeal to the excitement surrounding the space racefor 1962 all full size fords wore the galaxie badge with 500 and 500xl denoting the higher series.
Hoping to equal its success in grand national with a car for super stock and stock eliminator fords vp. The ford galaxie is a full sized car that was built in the united states of america by ford for model years 1959 through to 1974. Taking it to carlisle for a ford lightweight reunion and had it on loan for a time to a special super stock exhibit at the famed gilmore car museum in hickory corners michigan.
Ford lightweight expert rick kirk believed this car was the very first factory lightweight produced for 1964 however there is no documentation to support the claim it is noted that ford created only 50 galaxie lightweights in 1964 special cars that were a back up to the thunderbolt program. The 1963 ford galaxie 500 lightweight or more correctly 1963 is a factory built racing special thats revered for being exceptionally quick down the quarter mile and so rare that most have never actually seen one in person. 1963 ford galaxie 500 lightweight in the middle of 1963 ford ordered the construction of 200 lightweight galaxies that were intended for the dragstrip.
Motto ordered an initial 50 cars from dearborn steel tubing and a total of 212. In february of 1963 fords car merchandising manager vp. Seeing the light 1963 12 ford galaxie 500 street storming in an authentic low poundage 63 galaxie street storming in an authentic low poundage 63 galaxie.
Ford began working on their lightweight galaxie in late 62 and ultimately 11 were built. Motorcar classics is excited to present this incredibly rare 1963 ford galaxie factory lightweight race car featured in corinthian white with red interior. The legendary 1963 ford galaxie 500 lightweight.
Motto announced that the dearborn automaker would be introducing a special lightweight performance vehicle based upon the production galaxie to be offered to drag racers nationwide.