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Wicked 1963.5 Ford Galaxie Terrorizes The Streets With 720 Horsepower: Video

While there were many performance variants of the Ford Galaxie produced during its time, those looking to build the quickest drag racers possible don’t generally go for such big cars. But that isn’t the case with this wicked 1963.5 Ford Galaxie and its owner, Nick. Nick’s dad used to cruise around in one when he was younger, and that prompted his son to follow in those footsteps, albeit with a much more powerful version of that 1963.5 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback.

While Nick’s dad’s Galaxie was a lowrider with a custom paint job and hydraulics, Nick’s ride is a straight-up drag racer, which is why he went for maximum cubic inches under the hood. There lies a Ford 460 V8 that’s been punched out to 520 cubic-inches, which sends a whopping 720 horsepower (on pump gas) to the rear wheels via a build C6 automatic transmission. And since it’s running a Holley Sniper EFI setup, it should be quite tame on normal drives as well.

Underneath, the big vintage Ford utilizes Fat Man Fabrications tubular front control arms, Ridetech coilovers, and a fat sway bar up front, with a Ridetech four-link doing its best to put that power to the ground in the rear.

Six-piston Wilwood front brakes and four-piston rears with giant 13-inch rotors help slow the Galaxie down in a hurry, which is a good thing considering the fact that the car still weighs just shy of 3,800 pounds.

Breathing through headers and a 3.5-inch exhaust, the big engine’s sound pretty much takes away any sleeper appeal this Galaxie might have, but the huge rear tires and tiny fronts probably don’t help that cause, anyway, especially when they’re being liquified when Nick buries the gas pedal. Regardless, this is one seriously cool classic Galaxie that any Blue Oval fan worth their salt would love to own.

We’ll have more cool builds like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Galaxie news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JimL

    I absolutely love the old Galaxies, and this one is perfection!

  2. Roger Jenkins

    A beauty, I had a 63 1/2, 425 hp was a beast but impossible to stop when going over 80 mph

  3. Juanito Ibanez

    While reasonably rare with only 212 copies manufactured, even more rare was the one that preceeded it: the 1962 Galaxie “Starlifter”.

    This vehicle was created when Ford realized they were losing top speed because of the “greenhouse” rear windshield of the stock Galaxie.

    Their (attempted) cure was to fabricate fiberglass replicas of the 1961 Starliner roof and install them on the 1962 Sunliner convertible.

    Unfortunately for Ford, NASCAR “smelled a rat” and disallowed the combination after a single race and before they even had a chance to really compete.

    This wasn’t the last time NASCAR discriminated against Ford, as they also disallowed Ford to compete with their 427 Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) engines, which ended up competing successfully against MOPAR’s 426 Hemi “Elephant”-equipped racers on the NHRA Factory Experimental , Top Fuel and Funny Car circuits.

  4. Harold Grimes

    In 66 I bought a 63 1/2 Ford that was parked on a small car lot in York Nebraska. It was the 352 engine version. Automatic transmission and a beautiful red rolled interior and shiny chrome inserts. The exterior was corinthian white. How I wish I wouldn’t have traded it for a luxury Galaxy in 69.

  5. Phil light

    My Father gave me a 1965 galaxie I have a lot of memories in it every body drove it mom sister brother, but I remember seeing a 1963 this man had it was a 428 4 speed it was maroon with a black vinyl top most beautiful car that had seen so I bought one when I turned 50.

  6. Carol

    I owned 1963 500XL in sea foam green. Gorgeous. Would love to still have it.


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