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Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 25th September 2010 Car - 25/09/2010 / 1963 Ford Galaxie Competition Coupe / Lot 32
The Ford Galaxie was a full-size car built in the United States by the Ford Motor Company for model years 1959 through 1974. The name was used for the top models in Ford's full-size range from 1959 until 1961, in a marketing attempt to appeal to the excitement surrounding the Space Race. In 1962, all full-size Fords wore the Galaxie badge, with ""500"" and ""500/XL"" denoting the higher series. 1965 saw the introduction of the Galaxie 500/LTD, followed by Galaxie 500 7-Litre in 1966. The Galaxie 500 part was dropped from the LTD in 1966, and from the XL in 1967, however the basic series structuring levels were maintained. The ""regular"" Galaxie 500 continued below the LTD as Ford's mid-level full-size model from 1965 until its demise at the end of the 1974 model year. The Galaxie was the high volume counterpart to the Chevrolet Impala. Some Galaxies were high-performance, racing specification machines, a larger forebear to the muscle car era. Others were plain family sedans. The Galaxie is perhaps best known outside the UK for its enviable racing heritage in NASCAR, Stock Car and Drag racing during the 60's. What may not be so widely known is the Touring car, or Appendix J racing history of these cars. From the 1963 Touring car season onwards, a small number of Galaxies were a regular feature in Europe at tracks such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Nurburgring and many others. Also in South Africa at Kyalami, and Australia at Sandown, Galaxies appeared upon international race tracks for touring car events. Quite often historical notes of the races in the Galaxie era fail to note the achievements of these cars. It's often by chance that a piece of information is found, sometimes just a by-line in a story about BMC ""race"" teams and the like. Occasionally a great story is published such as the Tony Dron article from the March 1992 Thoroughbred & Classic Cars magazine depicting the famous Jack Sears ex-Willment Galaxie, a copy of which is in the history file of this Lot. Wherever, whenever Galaxies were raced they have made a huge and lasting impression on spectators and drivers alike and this example is no exception. When the vendor bought this car from the USA in 2004, as can be seen from the bills, he set about converting it to European FIA spec in order to compete in Top Hat. It is worth noting, that unless special dispensation can be sought, Galaxie racers must be dated pre 1963.5 in order to be registered under an official 'R' Code which means it originally had a 427cu inch engine and a four speed 'box. These were rare cars and the result of the homologation process. They are also the cars which have the widest eligibility for Goodwood, Tour Auto and Top Hat racing. With three competitive seasons of Top Hat series racing chalked up to its name, this capable and reliable Galaxie could be made considerably quicker with very little expenditure. The vendor confesses, 'you could g2et an awful lot more power for not much outlay but I felt that it was powerful enough for me and my abilities to leave alone, and the fact I was finishing Top Hat events in the top 1/3rd of the field meant that I could make a bigger impact on performance with my driving than the car could make with more power….' The engine was rebuilt c2005 by San Diego based Donny Araki, former member of Carroll Shelby's Trans Am team. Records suggest that this Lot has competitively undertaken only three campaigns since this rebuild. This well maintained car boasts a full history file with receipts from both UK garages and US specialists accumulating expenditure into the tens of thousands. Prepared to full FIA specification and offered with HTP papers, this Galaxie comprises fibreglass bonnet, front wings and boot as you would expect.