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The 1964 Galaxie 500 R-Code was the most fearsome Ford of the early 1960’s. With a 427ci dual 4-barrel engine rated at 425hp it delivered the most powerful engine of its day. Think about it; back then you could walk into a Ford dealer and essentially buy the same car that was cleaning up in NASCAR, albeit with a street version of the legendary 427. And while the Galaxie was a huge success with millions produced, only a few thousand R-codes were ever built, making them very rare today. This offering provides a unique opportunity to own one of these remarkable cars with its original, rebuilt engine.
This Galaxie shows 40k miles and is the beneficiary of a recent refurbishment that included a 2016 trim-off repaint in its original Wimbledon White. It is a great color for the attractive 1964 styling with its fastback style roof and sleek, subdued trim. The sheetmetal all looks straight without any signs of past trauma, and the floors are original throughout. The original door tag is also present and shows a production date of 10-10-63 making it a fairly early build. All of the chrome and trim is in good condition right down to those meaningful “427” emblems on the fenders. The 15” steel wheels wear General tires from 2016. Note the Ford hub caps are included; we just thought it looked meaner without them.
While the exterior of this Galaxie may draw its share of looks, the engine compartment is truly captivating. There sits the car’s original dual quad 427ci R-code which was factory rated at 425 hp and 480 ft-lbs. While Ford did not VIN stamp engines until 1968, this one shows the correct C4AE 6015-A casting number and a proper 3K1 (10-1-63) casting date. The engine was fully rebuilt and has roughly 500 miles since completion. Note the engine block did not require an overbore or sleeves. The cylinder heads are the correct C3AE 6090-J castings and are mated to Ford’s impressive cast iron headers. The intake manifold, dual Holley carburetors, and air cleaner were all replaced though the original pieces are included. Same with the alternator.
The transmission appears to be the original T10 4-speed based on date codes (like the engine, no VIN stamps were applied until years later). Note the T10 is correct for early 1964 Galaxies; later builds received the new-for-64 Toploader. The transmission was also rebuilt so it shifts properly and stays in gear. The 9” rear end is also believed original and came from the factory with 3.50 gears and an open differential. As an R-code, brakes and steering are manual which keeps things fast, light, and simple. All mechanical systems are in good operating condition with many new parts throughout.
The code 75 red interior is mostly original and looks terrific for its age. There is a split bench seat in front and another bench seat in back that offers plenty of legroom. Note there are no seat belts. The carpet has been replaced and a new headliner was professionally installed. The dash is simple and straightforward with instruments limited to a speedometer, fuel gauge, and temperature gauge. An aftermarket oil pressure gauge has been installed along with a T-handle Hurst shifter. The headlights, dash lights, turn signals, backup lights, horn, wipers, courtesy lights, and parking brake all work properly. So do the heater / defroster and factory AM radio. The cavernous trunk contains what may be an original spare tire and bumper jack.
This R-code is more than just a rare classic car. It’s a piece of history from the birth of the horsepower wars, when “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” really meant something. This big Galaxie is also great fun to drive, offering an experience completely unlike anything today. These cars don’t show up on the market very often, especially in this condition and with an original drivetrain. And while other ’64 R-codes have sold well into six figures, this one presents as a relative bargain.
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