Lot 83 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Registration No: APL114H
Chassis No: 4E66C297094
In production from 1962 to 1964, the Galaxie 500 XL was the first large performance car in Ford's range, capitalising on their successes in NASCAR events. The face-lifted 1964 example offered here has the added appeal of period race history having competed at the 1964 Motor trend 500 at Riverside - a race won by no less than Dan Gurney driving another Galaxie. The owner's diligent research in this respect assisted it being granted HTP FIA papers valid to 2026. The car's specification includes a Ford V8 427 engine with "Police Interceptor" heads and big valves (built by Peter Knight Racing giving 517 bhp), new FIA legal "super T10" gearbox, manifold designed by Tony Law, new propshaft and linkages. The rear axle has been narrowed to permit tyre changes whilst there are new racing half-shafts and a new 3.5:1 "locker" differential. New race-rated springs with an extra 1/2 leaf to the rear to counteract axle tramp, nylon bushes and adjustable dampers. Roll cage designed and installed by Harry Hockley to FIA requirements in T45. FIA approved FuelSafe bag & foam in alloy casing. There is a lift pump from the catch tank and a main pump which supplies the engine. All lines are "Aeroquip", and there is a plumbed-in FIA approved fire extinguisher.
All metalwork was subject of a "bare metal" restoration; the bonnet, boot and doors are GRP with internal supporting structures. The front wings and bumpers are also GRP (we are informed that all moulds will be supplied). FIA-legal ventilated front disc brakes with 4-pot callipers; rear drum brakes with race linings and ventilated backplates. The front windscreen is laminated glass, all else is 4mm polycarbonate. There are FIA-legal race seats and harnesses and all instrumentation is by Stack. All in all, this is a very exciting proposition for historic racers.
PLEASE NOTE: This Lot did not compete in the 1964 Motor Trend 500 at Riverside. However, it is of the same type – i.e. a facelifted 1964 model – as a car which did. Hence, the reason that the MSA officials granted it HTP Appendix K papers.