1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Big Block Convertible

1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Big Block Convertible

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.

 Be sure to visit the RK Motors Charlotte ad for this 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Convertible to view dozens of high resolution photos.

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