At first glance at this ’66 Fairlane 500 might have you noticing the hood scoop and wondering what lurked beneath it. With closer inspection you’d see the “427” fender badges and you’d know that this car was something quite special. Apart from this there were no other external clues to what this car was. Mind you, if you heard it running you wouldn’t need any!
What we have here is an extremely collectable, rare and purpose-built Super Stock car that had been built to go straight from the factory to the strip.
Under NHRA drag-racing rules Ford needed to produce at least 50 cars – they built 57 of them (despite plans to build 70), all in Wimbledon White and this is number 52.
If you think that’s a low number of cars, consider the fact that just 237 Ford products had a 427 V8 engine installed during the 1966 calendar year.
Inside you’ll see a fairly basic but functional interior that it believed to be mostly original. There are few creature comforts on a car built to race. You did at least get wood-trimmed door panels for a touch of style.
Under the hood sits the mighty 427 cubic inch big block V8 with dual Holley four-barrel carburetors – these were fed cooler air from the functional scoop on the fiberglass hood. This “R” code engine generates 425 horsepower and is capable at propelling this Fairlane to 60 mph in 6 seconds and completing the quarter mile in 14.5 seconds.
This engine was a $1,725 option on a $2,378 car! You can add another $184 to that for the 4-speed manual transmission.
Thanks to the fact that the original window sticker is still affixed to the back window, we know that the total paid for this Fairlane was $4,501.12. You’re going to have to pay a little more than that these days!
This ’66 Fairlane 427 R-Code is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for more photos)