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1965 Ford Galaxie 500 “Cammer” No Reserve Auction

Bonhams is set to auction off some cool cars at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction in June. We mentioned the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 that will be sold at the auction with no reserve. Bonhams has an even rarer Ford that will be sold at the auction with no reserve. The car is a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 M-Code “Cammer” 2-door hardtop.

This car packs a 427 cubic inch SOHC M-Code V8 with dual Holley 4-barrel carbs making 657 horsepower. That giant V8 sends power to the road via a 4-speed manual transmission. It features 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. This car was a factory experimental unit that was banned by NASCAR before it ever ran. This particular 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 is said to be one of the most powerful Ford cars ever made.

While the 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 did come from the factory with an M code 427 V8, it’s not clear if the engine in the car is the factory original engine. The story for the car says it was brought by the seller’s brother who removed the original V8 engine and put it into a boat. The car was run in stock car racing for a time with a 390 cubic inch V8 under the hood.

Years later it was abandoned on the family farm before being restored to the condition it is in now with what the listing says is a “proper 427 SOHC “Cammer” V8.” The restoration included the use of new NOS parts when possible. Since the car is going across the block with no reserve, someone will take it home. Original engine or not, pre-auction estimates peg the vehicle to sell at $300,000 to $400,000. The seller believes this car is a one-of-one experiment that was never meant to be sold to the public.

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Source: Bonhams

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. Donald Hayes

    What a great car to own. 429 SOHC under the hood in a full size sedan. Talk about sleeper.

  2. Juanito Ibanez

    Sorry, Shane; the 1965 “full-size” Ford and Mercury chassis did not have “semi-elliptic rear leaf springs” … it was equipped with Ford’s first coil spring and three trailing arm rear suspension system. This system carried on through 1977, when it was replaced by the 4 link version known as the ‘Panther’ platform … which lasted, with small refinements, until 2012.

    1. Shane McGlaun

      Thanks, Juanito, Bonhams appears to have incorrect information in their listings for this car and the Boss 429.

  3. Thomas Becker

    Back in high school in the late 70’s I owned a 1965 Ford LTD the first year of the LTD in dash A/C first year of the in dash Am-Fm stereo, cloth seats traded my 1968 Impala for it and it only had 32,000 original miles on it but it came from the factory with a 390 cid Police Interceptor but wasn’t a Police car got about 8 mpg but drove like a Lincoln


    Call that baby a Unicorn

  5. Jack J

    That car is a fake. Lots of details wrong and no documentation of its pedigree from Ford. The owners story about the car has evolved over the years as experts have poked holes in it. Cool build but not how it came from Ford.

    1. Sal Pugliese

      You are right !!
      This car was offered to me last year and I did a lot of research … not one Ford engineer I spoke with ever heard of a 3rd prototype being built as owner claims …Data door plate is brand new and Vin# does not exist in any of Ford’s archives ! I spoke with the owner directly at an FE reunion and he talks in circles with no real facts ! None of the Ford experts at the reunion could verify any of the BS owner was spewing!


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