1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL 427

1963 was an exciting year for those that liked some serious power as Ford introduced their most powerful engines yet. There were two different 427 big blocks now available outputting 410hp and 425hp replacing the 406.

It was also the year that Galaxie saw the new fastback (Sports Hardtop) introduced. It proved immediately popular resulting in around 135,000 of the 774,882 Galaxies sold that year using the fastback roofline. Not bad considering the new shape was launched in the middle of the model year.

Galaxie 500 was the top-of-the-line full-sized Ford that year with the XL version (standing for extra lively and extra luxury – at least according to Ford’s marketing materials). Other advertising slogans at the time included; “Total Performance” and “The Super Torque Fords” – the horsepower race was now well underway.

side view showing the fastback styling of the 63 Galaxie 500 XL Sports Hardtop
fastback styling

The new concave grille styling at the front of the car was mirrored at the rear.

Rear view of the 63 Ford Galaxie showing the concave grill
rear view

Inside, the XL interior came with bucket seats, floor mounted transmission selector as standard.

63 Galaxie 500 XL interior showing the bucket seats and 4-speed manual shifter
XL interior

The chestnut vinyl you see here was one of nine trim choices available that year.

Instrument panel of a 63 Galaxie 500 XL
instrument panel

Under the hood is where the real magic is, the new for ’63, R-code 427 cubic inch V8 that outputs 425 horsepower and is equipped with dual 4-barrel carburetors.

1963 Ford 427 V8 engine with 425 horsepower output
425 hp 427 V8

If the noise of the big block wasn’t enough, fender emblems let people know about the mighty 427 power.

1963 Ford Galaxie 427 and 500 XL fender emblems
427 fender badges

While Ford sold 33,870 Galaxie 500 XL Sports Hardtops during the 1963 model year. However, only 3,857 of them were fitted with the R-code 427 and less than 200 of those have survived to this day.

The 500 XL fastback was priced at $3,268 with the R-code 427 costing an additional $462.

This 1963 Galaxie R-Code 427 is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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