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Maximum Auction Weekend: Rare Full Sized Ford Muscle at Russo & Steele

Jim Brennan December 11, 2010 For Sale 18 Comments

Continuing on with our Maximum Auction Weekend, here is a set of rarefied Full Sized Ford sedans that will set off the “Want-O-Meter” of any Hoon that still has a beating heart. Why go woth another Mustang or Torino, when you could bag one of these beauties, and not find another one like it.

Here is a 1966 Ford Custom R-Code Sedan equipped with a 425 HP 427 CID V-8, and a four-speed manual. This is a special car, and according to the auction:

This car underwent a frame off rotisserie restoration that was completed in April 2010. It has a correct Nightmist Blue exterior with light blue interior. It has retained it’s numbers matching original drive train, including carbs, distributor and exhaust manifolds. It is completely documented. Other documentation includes the original purchase agreement, Ford build verification letter, many vintage photos and engine Dyno sheets to verify 442hp at 5782 rpm.

This car should go for a lot of money, but will never commend what a Mopar Hemi brings in. What do you think it will reach? See the listing here.

Here is a 1965 Ford Custom 500 Sedan, which is also equipped with the R-Code 427 CID V-8, and a four-speed manual. According to the Auction Listing:

This 1965 Custom 500 2 door sedan R-Code is one of three sedans known to exist. It is estimated that 320 total R-Code Galaxies were built–per the 427 Galaxie Registry–including 11 convertibles as noted in Mustang & Fords Magazine Feb. 1999. The 427 engine is equipped with two 4 barrel carbs and a 4-speed top loader. The 3:50 axle ratio is correct and original to the car. It comes with the original build sheet and other documentation and pictures authenticating this car throughout its one owner life. It is painted in the correct Prairie Bronze exterior and Palomino vinyl and cloth interior. It is equipped with the optional and very rare under-dash accessory control panel along with the 427-only Pyrex headlight covers and optional remote trunk release It has the radio and clock delete as was power brakes or steering. This rust-free car resided in Kansas its entire life. The restoration was completed in April 2008. The car received a frame off, rotisserie body, Concourse restoration.

Again, this is a very rare Ford, with very rare accessories, and should do a little better than the 1966. Any guesses as to how much it will bring? See the listing here.

Here is a very rare 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 with the high performance 406 CID V-8 and four-speed manual. According to the Auction Listing:

This car was built in December 1961, which makes it one of the very first 406 cars. This car was optioned out to race and it was. This car was originally purchased and raced by Helen M. Renegar. A copy of the original title is shown in her name. The car was purchased from Hull Dobbs Co. in Winston-Salem, NC. The car was raced the very first part of its life but could not keep up with the 1963 Galaxie lightweights. It was then retired to street duty and mostly sat until 1975 when it went into a muscle car collection.

The car has 30,000 original miles with most of those miles from being towed from race track to race track behind a pick-up. The car is probably the most original 1962 406 Galaxie in existence. The paint, interior, drive train are all totally original and no critical element of the car is known to have ever been rebuilt. The car is an amazing piece of history. Most of the original documentation still exists, such as the window sticker, dealer key bag, 406 high performance supplement and heater instructions that are included with the car.

A very early full-sized Ford that was purchased to race, and is almost entirely original. Now there’s a piece of history that should make anyone take notice. How much do you think this Ford will demand? See the listing here.

Our last full-sized Ford is this 1963 Galaxie 500 XL Hardtop, equipped with the 406 CID V-8, four-speed manual, and a single Holly 4 bbl Carb, whick cranked out a respectable 385 HP. According to the listing:

This 1963 Ford Galaxie 500XL is the top of the line model. It comes with a Borg Warner 4-speed, and the rare B-code single 4V barrel super high performance 406 cubic inch V8 which is rated at 385 HP. Features of this engine package include 11.4 to 1 compression, header exhaust, solid lifters, dual point distributor, Holly 4V carburetor, heavy duty shocks, springs, drive shaft, U-joints, brakes and 15-inch wheels with nylon tires. A new turquoise interior was installed.

This car has 89,000 miles and was treated to a Frame-Off restoration. This will probably go for less than the others, but it’s a little more civilized. See the listing here.

  • tonyola

    I like the '66 best – it has the nicest lines and the 427 was becoming very rare by then. People who wanted hot cars were switching to intermediates in a big way. The 427 would appear in big Fords for the last time in '67, and the numbers built had to be really tiny. Real hot-rodders liked the pillared two-doors becauseI they were lighter and had the stiffest structure.

    • scroggzilla

      I agree, the '66 is the best looking.

      But, my inner Jack Sears wants the '63
      <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3596/3386404792_204e5e6d96.jpg&quot; width="500" height="479" alt="btcc @ brands hatch 63" />

      • Thirded on the '66. Best-looking body of the four that dark blue-on-blue with dogdish hubcaps gives off a strong telephone repairman (or detective; take your pick) vibe.

        • BGW

          Fourth-ed. But I wouldn't kick the '65 out of bed either.

    • Yeah, that '66 has an authority that is hard to argue with. The '65 is more of a sleeper with the bronze paint job, and is just as impressive, but I have to go with the '66 as well. It's one hell of a car, and I'd love to have one just like it.

  • BlackIce_GTS

    Both the '65 and '66 (which gets my vote for square taillights and unbeigeness) are described as sedans, what did that mean back then?

    • Scoutdude

      The Sedans are the ones with the frames around the door windows and a B pillar. The others are listed as Hardtops which has no frame around the door windows or B-pillar to give it the basic roofline of the convert, they usually shared doors and door glass. GM went so far as to have body lines to look like top bows on some years.

      The numbers of unique body styles back in that era was amazing. 2dr sedan, hardtop, convert, wagon. 4dr sedan, hardtop, wagon, and sometimes a hardtop wagon.

      • tonyola

        Sometimes there were even more than that. Ford, Chevy, Plymouth and some others sometimes offered two different two-door hardtop styles – sport (semi-fastback) and formal.

      • BlackIce_GTS

        Thanks. That's nearly as confusing as the hazy distinction between trim name and model name they seemed to have before… 1970ish? (Chevelle/Malibu, Custom/Galaxie. They seem to be just trim level distinctions, but there's no single model name they're being applied to.)

        • Scoutdude

          Yes back in the day the name was basically the trim level. Each model name could have a extra trim package added making it more confusing. For example Custom, Custom 300, Galaxie, Galaxie 500, Galaxie 500XL. The also liked to add a new name for the top model every couple of years. In the mid 50's the top Chev was the Belair model. Then the Impala unseated it and the Belair was the mid priced Chev. Here is a link to just how bad it was at the Chevy dealership in 1969. http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/NA/Chevrole… As late as the 80's you could still choose between a Caprice and Impala.

          Sometimes the roof style was tied to the model name. Chevy did the multiple 2dr hardtop thing in the brochure with their custom and sport coupe hardtops.

          So the model name did play into which of the body styles was available and yeah it was quite confusing.

          • Scoutdude

            The other thing I forgot to mention was that sometimes there were also wheelbase changes between the model names. For example the 58 Ford Custom rode a shorter wheel base than the 58 Fairlane. Here is a 59 Ford brochure. http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/NA/Ford/195

  • buzzboy7

    That 66 in blue is beautiful. Dragoning may ensue

  • RahRahRecords

    that 62 rings all my bells. Probably because my dad had a 62 XL ragtop when I was little.

  • '66 4 door for sale locally. They want just over $3k and it is MINT. Given the above choices I would choose door 1. That blue bench seat 4 speed is damn cool.

    • Doug M.

      Is it still there?

  • raphaelinberlin

    I think that the '66 is a little bit TOO pretty for my tastes – the '65 has some straightforwardness and frumpiness that I know would grow on me while the slight curves of the '66 would end up looking a little excessive.

  • mseoul

    All are great but the '62 is most beautiful to me no matter if its all original or what. Just a great shape and not often seen.

  • boxdin

    I really like 65s, but the 62 is the rarest.
    Little known is the 62 is a much smaller car than the 61.