Developed in order to provide a base for big-body NHRA Stock and Super Stock drag racers, the 1964 Ford Galaxie Lightweight was propelled by a 427-cubic-inch V8 with twin 4-barrel Holley carbs, conservatively rated at 425 peak horsepower with 480 lb-ft of torque. Half of all units produced left the factory with a 3-speed automatic transmission, while half came equipped with a 4-speed Toploader manual. This example has the latter transmission, paired to a 31-spline, 4.57:1 rear end.
What makes this limited-run Galaxie “lightweight” is a combination of a lightened frame, and the deletion of a range of equipment and materials like sound-deadening, carpeting, arm rests, body sealers, the heater, spare tire, and courtesy lights.
The 1964 Ford Galaxie Lightweight was available only in Wimbledon White with a red interior. This example retains that scheme, which looks as radiant as ever thanks to a comprehensive restoration. Mecum forecasts that the super-rare two-door will fetch between $150,000 and $175,000 when it crosses the block on January 14th, although if you’ll pardon the cliché, we rather think it looks like a million bucks.
For more photos and info, check out this 1964 Ford Galaxie Lightweight’s listing on the Mecum Auctions website.