You're looking at #52 of only 57 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 R-codes ever produced. This car has been so special from day one that the window sticker is still hanging in the back glass (and plenty of other documentation, too.) But just in case you don't already know about Ford special 427ci racers, then read on and find out why this might be your one and only opportunity at greatness.
Ford prepared all 57 cars the same way in iconic Wimbledon White. The company could only get these handfuls to dealers in '66, and they were a certainly only for the knowledgeable. For starters, the window sticker that you can still see affixed to this car lets you know it cost $4,501.12 when new – about double that of a base Fairlane V8 two-door. These were racecars for the street, and you know it the moment you see the lift-off ram air hood made of lightweight fiberglass. This hardtop really nails the old stock car racer look, right down to the steelie wheels with minimal hubcaps. There has even been a cool investment in reproduction BF Goodrich Slivertown tires for the front, and Firestone cheater slicks to make this a true period-correct street-eating machine. But more than just rarity, it also is still a premium Fairlane at heart. So you get the hardtop coupe body with the bright wide bumpers and the shining grille as long as the horizon.
Open the door to what is still believed to be original seating and many other original components. These cars came from the factory with only one mission – win everything on the street and strip. So Ford purposely made sure that it could save weight wherever it could. This Fairlane's lavishness was meant to be measured by how many trophies it brought home. You grab the grippy factory wheel with your left hand and the stick shift with your right. There's no radio, because your favorite soundtrack will always be the outlaw rumble from the H-pipe exhaust as you watch the tach and extra wide speedometer dual for who can wind up the quickest.
Remove the lightweight hood to reveal the beast that makes this Ford so legendary. That R-code 427 cubic-inch side oiler V8 barely fit in between the wheels, and this factory custom instantly made these Ford one of the rarest cars around. The big block looks fantastic in the engine bay with the correct aluminum mid-rise intake, dual Holley 710 CFM four-barrel carburetors, and cast exhaust manifolds. The block was rebuilt by the masters at Ralph Conners, utilizing a 12/21/65 casting. This means great period-correct authenticity mixed with exceptional reliability. There was a ton more invested in going beyond just the motor to restore this ultra-rare Ford. While we have the photos to show you everything, all you have to do is look at the undercarriage photos to understand the level of care and precision that has gone into this unicorn Fairlane. But as great as it is to appreciate the history, this coupe was really made to drive. The correct Ford top loader four-speed manual transmission means complete control over the 425 hp/480 lb-ft of torque that launches the lightweight intermediate ahead of Chevys and Mopars. Front disc brakes were even part of the original package just to keep this ferocious Fairlane under control.
We know you're already are extremely excited at this rare opportunity, but also take some time to go through the full paperwork that comes with the car, including the restoration photos, factory buildsheet, original window sticker, title documentation, ownership history and pics. This is your fleeting chance to own a legend. When it's gone, all you'll have are regrets. Call today!!