1963½ Ford Galaxie Lightweight

Well here’s something that you really don’t see very often. What looks like a fairly ordinary Galaxie Fastback is actually a 1963 (strictly speaking it is a 1963½) R-Code Factory ‘Lightweight’ Galaxie.

Equipped with a 427 cubic inch V8 with TWO four-barrel carburetors that pushed out around 425 horsepower.

There was heavy competition to do well at the drag strip during the sixties, pushing Ford to produce these lightweight and powerful cars. After an initial run plan of 50 cars,  a total of around 212 of them were ever produced.

1963 Ford Galaxie Lightweight Rear
Rear view

Constructed with a hood, fenders, inner fenders and deck lid made from fiberglass. Flooring was thin rubber instead of carpet. To further reduce weight the car used aluminum bumpers and brackets.

1963 Ford Galaxie 427 V8
427 V8

All but one of these cars were produced in Corinthian White with a red vinyl interior. Lightweight bucket seats were used and there is no heater, radio or clock. Even the armrests are absent. This all added up to hundreds of pounds of reduced weight.

1963 Ford Galaxie Lightweight Interior
Basic but functional interior

The glovebox contains a plaque that highlights the construction techniques (and its shortcomings)  can be found on the door of the glove box.

Galaxie Lightweight Plaque
Plaque

It’s uncertain how many of these cars are left of the rather limited production run. It’s likely that many of them led a hard and short life in competition. This is a very rare and powerful beast of a car.

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