If you fancy only the rarest, most collectible classic cars, you could do a whole lot worse than the Ford Fairlane 500 427 “R-code.” The example pictured here, offered for sale on eBay in nearly bone-stock condition, is one of just 57 “R-code” 427s produced for the 1966 model year.
The “R-code” Ford Fairlane 500 was motivated by a 427 cubic-inch V8, and shifted by a 4-speed “Top-Loader” manual transmission. It was built to qualify for NHRA and IHRA Super Stock racing, and both the engine and transmission in this car are correct, although the seller notes that the short block may or may not be one installed by Clayton and Jeff Baker for drag racing duty in the 1980s.
In fact, from the sounds of it, this 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 did very little in its 50 years of existence apart from racing. Yet despite this, the seller notes that the car’s original sheet metal is miraculously intact apart from rolled rear fenders, with no signs of cutting or warping. The stock fiberglass hood has also been preserved.
So, how much for an incredibly rare, miraculously well-preserved Ford Fairlane 500 427 “R-code” such as this? The car is listed at $299,900, or best offer. A steep ask, we know, but can one really put a price on pure muscle car bliss?