c. 1964 Ford Galaxie Competition Coupé Registration no. EYY 534B Chassis no. to be advised
At the beginning of the 1960s Ford of America became heavily involved in NASCAR racing, concentrating their not inconsiderable resources on developing the Galaxie for the purpose. The Galaxie 500 two-door coupé was introduced in 1963 and was immediately successful in NASCAR racing. Two of these Holman & Moody developed Galaxies were sent over to England in May 1963 for the Willment Ford team, and Jack Sears went on to win the 1963 British Saloon Car Championship in one of them. To maintain their competitive lead Ford continued to develop the Galaxie, describing the lighter 1964 model, which represented the pinnacle of its evolution, as 'a car bred in open competition and built for total performance'. Today these formidable cars are among the most entertaining sights at historic events such as the Silverstone Festival and Goodwood Revival.
Boasting the most desirable NASCAR-style coupé body, this Galaxie is equipped with a correct-for-the-year V8 engine driving via a T10 four-speed manual gearbox with Hurst shifter and gear linkage. Other noteworthy features include overhauled front brake callipers, correct rear drums, FIA-approved wheels, Shelby rev counter, catch tank, race battery, bespoke electrics (renewed, tested and reliable), rain light, original pedal box with correct size brake master cylinder, and a Hedman Headers side-exit exhaust system. The interior boasts a Robinson T45 roll cage (understood to be the lightest FIA-approved cage available), fully plumbed-in fire extinguisher, and Sparco solidly mounted race seat and belts. We are advised that the orange and black paintwork with the black offset stripes was done by Hollywood actor Tim Allen, one of this Galaxie's previous owners, to emulate his mother's car's colour scheme.
Restored in 2008 while owned by Allen, the Galaxie was entered in the Silverstone Classic Shelby Cup driven by reigning British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington, who has said he would be willing to drive it again. The car is currently configured for road use but the vendor is prepared to assist the purchaser with returning it to track specification. A spares package is available for despatch after purchase. All import duties have been paid and the car is currently registered in the UK and taxed for the road.