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A predecessor to the muscle car era, the Galaxie was Ford’s full-size competitor. Although it out powered the similar Chevy Impala at first, it never sold as well due to its uninspired styling, poor aerodynamics, and excess weight. Ford kept trying though and continued to install larger and larger engines, reaching a pinnacle with the most powerful engine Detroit ever made, the 427 Hemi. Producing 657bhp, this engine was installed in only a few examples as it was almost impossible to drive on the road and was later banned by NASCAR, promoting Ford to stop production. For the 1963 manufacturing year, Ford replaced the top end motor in the Galaxie range with a 427 cubic inch power unit to enable them to build a homologated full-race car that took advantage of the new NHRA and Nascar 7.0-litre maximum engine size rules. The engine was rated at 425bhp with two four-barrel Holley Carburetors and this combination meant that the Galaxies of this year through to 1965 dominated the Nascar circuits.
BPR 753A is a Galaxie 500 road car imported from Arizona and rebuilt as an homage to the LaFayette Ford race-winning Daytona 500 car, campaigned by Fred Lorenzen back in 1964/5. The car has been carefully decalled to replicate the Fred Lorenzen car and carries the number 28 as 'Fast Freddie' always carried number 28. Many big names raced these cars including Dan Gurney, Richard Petty, A J Foyt and in the UK, Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jack Sears. It's powered by a 6.5-litre (390ci) V8 fitted with an Edlebrock performer intake manifold, Edlebrock alloy big valve heads with roller rockers, a Holley 650CFM double pumper, 3-speed manual gearbox, new shockers and a dual exit Flowmaster stainless exhaust. A very desirable Tremec 5-speed manual box is supplied with the car and would make a super upgrade.
This left-hand drive, road legal, NASCAR tribute car looks awesome and has huge presence. If its sheer physical size doesn't frighten children and horses then flicking the cockpit switch that bypasses the silencers and allows the big V8 to bark through open exhausts will probably do the job. Finished in Corinthian White and Peacock Blue with period-correct Holman Moody graphics, the car appears to be in very good condition and well put together. This is one huge slice of American history that is sure to get you noticed as you rattle all the windows down your local High Street.