Greg Wants A Galaxie, Greg’s Got Expensive Taste! Check This Baby Out

Greg Wants A Galaxie, Greg’s Got Expensive Taste! Check This Baby Out

(By Greg Rourke) – Brian recently showed us a $40,000 transmission, which was only a little more than the trans in my 98 Plymouth Voyager cost.  The trans was originally for a factory lightweight Ford Galaxie, which made me think about my Money Is No Object first purchase.

The first part of 1963 full size Ford production the roof was a squared off design. They weren’t getting the speed they wanted on NASCAR tracks, so the later production featured a semi fastback design, forever known as the 1963 1/2. The roof was 2 inches lower than the boxtop, and the sloping rear window resulted in a 20% better airflow. Not to mention the improved appearance, which in my opinion makes this a vehicle that doesn’t have a bad angle.
As was common back then, there was a long list of engine options. Early production still had a 260 V8 available, later replaced with the 289. All manner of big and small blocks were on the option list, with as many carburetors as you wished. Then there was the 200 or so factory lightweight drag race spec Galaxies, like the one featured here. The Ford skunk works threw everything overboard that didn’t make the car go down the quarter mile. Fiberglass replaced the front clip and trunk lid. Lightweight buckets replaced the bench seat, and a special half thickness rubber floor mat was specified when the base model mat was found to be heavier than carpet. Even the sun visors were replaced with plain cardboard. Even with all that, they were only about 400 pounds lighter than a similar Galaxie 500.  Exactly one engine and trans combo was offered, the 427 8V and aluminum Borg Warner T 10 four speed provided the grunt. Note the flat hood, not the famous teardrop. Correct for this early production car, which still used the low riser intake, the teardtrop was not required for clearance.
Me, I’d prefer a more common Galaxie 500 R code, which got you the dual quad 427 and 4 speed. White, with a red bench seat interior, and treated to a full Day Two look. But since this would presumably be the day after I cashed in a winning Powerball ticket, why not go for the rare lightweight? I’d try to get on standby for the Meltdown Drags (since 2017 is sold out)  and hammer on this thing as was originally intended.
So…if money was no object, what would you be shopping for?


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3 thoughts on “Greg Wants A Galaxie, Greg’s Got Expensive Taste! Check This Baby Out

  1. Weasel1

    Not as expensive as Greg’s, 1969 Torino Talladega. Guy in town had one in the early 70’s and I loved it. No disrespect, if I own a car it will get driven. with a huge price tag most don’t and that is a shame

  2. jerry z

    You can buy a T-Bolt for less money. Same here, but a regular R-code Galaxie and have fun in the street and strip.

  3. Lee

    Why people get excited about owning a car that was specifically made to be raced at a drag strip is beyond me. Sure – if that is your intention then this Galaxie is perfect. But if you are considering driving it on the street – think again. . .

    No radio

    No armrests on the doors

    VERY uncomfortable seats

    No power steering, no power brakes.

    No seam sealer, no sound deadening – car will rattle

    Radiator is too small for around town cruising – car will overheat.

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