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This 1968 Ford Fairlane 428 Cobra Jet Is One Of 22

In the ’60s, Ford made some of the most legendary muscle cars on the block. One of the sleepers that it created in the late ’60s was this 1968 Ford Fairlane R-code, and it was meant just for drag racing. The little “R” in the VIN meant that the car had the legendary 428 Cobra Jet V8 stuffed inside from the factory.

The car came out of the factory with a C6 automatic transmission, but somewhere along the way, it had been converted to a 4-speed manual. The current owner worked at Ford when he found this 1968 Ford Fairlane 428 Cobra Jet while searching for a classic Mustang. He held off buying it for a bit to research the car as he had no idea that Ford made an R-code Fairlane.

Three of his coworkers said that Ford didn’t make an R-code Fairlane, while the other three said to buy it, because it’s an R-Code. He bought it for $3,500 and ended up with an incredibly rare car, 1 of just 22 made. The car doesn’t have its factory engine, as it uses a 1969 Fairlane block, but scuttlebutt suggests it may have had that replacement during its drag racing days when the legendary Dick Brannan was helming the Ford drag racing program.

The current owner of the car is Keith Blasius from Michigan. The features a 9-inch rear with 3.50 gears and has been completely restored with a C6 automatic. The car is presidential blue on the outside and has blue cloth and vinyl bench seat. The entire car was restored to as close to the original specifications as possible. The blue exterior paint is said to be original. The rare muscle car gets out to shows and occasionally goes to the drag strip. It’s always nice to see a rare car that gets used. The best time was 13.79 seconds at 101.9 mph. Also, check out this cool 1966 Ford Fairlane R-code.

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Source: Hot Rod

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

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  1. Werby Ford

    Did somebody change the hood?

    R-code meant 428CJ Ram-Air.
    Q-code was 428CJ non-ram-air (this car as shown).

    Is the VIN really an “R”?
    That would be rare – AFAIK there were NO ram-air 428 CJ Fairlanes in 1968, only non-ram-air autos, no 4speeds either.

    All 1968 MUSTANG 428CJ cars were in fact R-code ram-air cars, no Q-code Mustangs.

    If this Fairlane is really an R-code that would indeed be something.
    But then the hood/aircleaner is wrong, which is what would make it an R-code.

  2. Werby Ford

    OK I found the answer.
    Looks like ALL 428CJ were R-code in 1968 only.
    All the Mustangs were Ram-Air, all the Fairlane/Torino/Cyclone were non-ram-air.
    But all R-code.

    The Q-code in 1968 was used for the 428/340-PI engine which was down about 50hp vs the 428CJ.

    Our guess is that the “only 22” was for the Formal Roof Fairlane.


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