The interesting thing about this 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Big Block Convertible is that it has what the owners call a “casting number correct” 406 ci Ford big block motor. Every once in a while you come across an early muscle car that most collectors don’t even know exists. One of those well-kept secrets of the muscle car era was the 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL which came equipped with a rare, optional 406 ci Ford engine. The 406/405 hp big block was Ford’s early attempt at building a car fast enough to be competitive in NASCAR. The Ford 406 ci was a real “stump puller” with more torque than was imagined possible back then. Although by the mid-year point of the 1963 production year Ford was using a 427 ci big block motor in the ’63 1/2 Galaxie, the 406 ci enjoys a short lived dominant position in muscle car history.
RK Motors Charlotte just posted a 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Big Block Convertible with the vaunted 406 ci big block. The 406 was an FE V8 which was topped by three 2-barrel carburetors. It has a tough Borg-Warner 4-speed transmission. RK Motors tells us it went through a detailed 3-year restoration with painstaking attention to the original sheetmetal and aesthetics of the original car. They say it was stripped to bare metal, mounted to a big rotisserie and thoroughly worked by Michael’s Auto Restoration of Winter Haven, Florida. A correct Chestnut Metallic lacquer paint was applied with a “buttery” show worthy shine. It comes with a power convertible top, power drum brakes and a correct Ford 9-inch rear axle with correct 3.50 gears. The interior is said to be a correct medium Chestnut colored masterpiece.
As RK Motors does so well, they have produced a beautiful walk-around video of this incredible car. Click the video window below to view.