Auctions America Auburn Fall Spotlight: 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Factory Lightweight
In 1963 Ford built 4,978 Galaxie 427 cars. Ultimately, however, just 212 Galaxies would be built to factory lightweight specification, and although they looked identical to the standard car, the trunk lid, and front fenders were fiberglass, and bumpers were aluminum. Interiors were kept to a minimum and there was no sound deadening.
This particular Galaxie is one of these very rare Factory Lightweights, fitted with the R-Code, 425-horsepower big block motor. A recent inspection confirmed its authenticity as a correct, authentic Factory Lightweight. The massive 427 cubic inch engine is mated to a Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed transmission with an NHRA scatter shield and heavy duty nine-inch rear end with 4.11 gears. The car rides on 15X5.5″ Kelsey-Hayes steel wheels with an extra heavy duty center spider, dog dish hubcaps and heavy duty brakes, shocks and leaf springs. Special components include the fiberglass trunk and Thunderbolt-style high-riser hood, which has been signed by legendary Ford racing drivers Dick Brannan and Phil Bonner. As per factory lightweight specifications, front fenders and inner fenders are also fiberglass and the front/rear bumpers and brackets are aluminum.
The collector car world will celebrate one of its longest running automotive traditions during the upcoming Labor Day weekend when thousands flock to Auburn, Ind., for Auctions America by RM’s third annual Auburn Fall auction, Thursday, Aug. 30, to Sunday, Sept. 2. More than 1,200 classics, hot rods, exotics, muscle cars and more, each carefully-reviewed by America’s leading collector car experts, will cross the block at the historic Auburn Auction Park.