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Lot 43
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL Convertible


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1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL Convertible

CHASSIS NO: 4E69Z213838

• 427 Side-Oiler with 137-mph top speed in a 14.6 second 1/4 mile
• Beautifully finished in the correct Wimbledon White paint
• Correct interior with first-year AM/FM radio
• Fords most impressive V-8 pushes 425 HP


427 cid Side-Oiler V-8 engine, 425 HP, automatic transmission, heavy-duty independent front coil spring suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 119


The 1964 model year was the final year for this Galaxie body style, and as Ford prepped its leading full-size car for eventual use in NASCAR, they added a sleek fastback style roofline. Named for the famous 500-mile races, numerous options were available, and the Galaxy was a huge hit for Ford. This Galaxie 500XL was delivered with the 390 cubic-inch V-8, but after storage for about 15 years after being donated to a local church, the car no longer ran, but was in excellent condition throughout, so the new owner decided to step up and installed a 427 Side-Oiler the very engine that Ford used back in 1964 in 50 limited-production drag cars.

This example is freshly painted in Wimbledon White, contrasting nicely with the bright red bucket seat interior. The doors and all body panels line up beautifully, and the car has a great stance and clean finishes throughout. The sleek body features a new top, and excellent chrome and side trim with accessory rear wheel spats, all riding on modern whitewall tires and knock-off style chrome wheel covers. The console shifted automatic is backed by an accessory tach under the clean and crack-free red dash, which is complete with the first-year AM/FM radio. Passengers will enjoy power windows and power seats, while the driver will be grateful for power steering and power brakes. Its an elegant and comfortable interior for a car with the brute power of a 427 Side-Oiler under the hood.

Looking highly correct and ready to rumble, this Side-Oiler starts easily and runs strong. In the standard 427, oil was pumped to a passage under the camshaft and up to the valve train before oiling the crank. To keep the crankshaft happier at the top of the rev range, Ford added a special oil passage along the left side of the block to direct oil to the crank first, and then the cam and valve train. As the most powerful Ford engine of the day, it powered the GT40, Carroll Shelbys Cobra, and most of Fords racing efforts of the era. Today, you have the opportunity to own one of the very best racing engines expertly installed in a well-restored and elegant convertible that will certainly be welcomed at nearly any old car event you choose to attend.

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