Illustration for article titled 1966 Galaxie 500 R code is one rare full size Ford

In 1966 if you wanted all the space and luxury of a full size Ford with plenty of muscle, an R code Galaxie 500 was the car for you. Although a Galaxie with a 425 horsepower 427 V8 is pretty appealing 45 years later, it wasn't a very popular combination when new.

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Although exact production numbers are unknown, R code Galaxies are unbelievably rare. This Wimbledon White on Springtime Yellow example is one of a handful of 427 equipped Galaxies from 1966 known to exist. Even more amazing is the fact this rare example of full sized Ford performance is an unrestored survivor with only 23,000 miles on the odometer.

According to the Ebay listing, the current owner is putting this rare survivor up for sale because he's only driven it three times in the three years he has owned it. Even though it is a low mileage survivor, we don't think we would be able to resist hoping behind the wheel of this full size Ford and shifting through the gears as much as possible.

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Bidding is currently at $43,000 with a little over a day left on the auction. Although the reserve isn't currently met on this R code Galaxie, when cars this rare and original go up for sale it doesn't usually take long for them to find a new garage to sit in.

[Ebay]

Illustration for article titled 1966 Galaxie 500 R code is one rare full size Ford
Illustration for article titled 1966 Galaxie 500 R code is one rare full size Ford
Illustration for article titled 1966 Galaxie 500 R code is one rare full size Ford
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DISCUSSION

"no power brakes or steering" ????

Yikes. I mean, granted, I'm sure this car barely tips the scales more than a new V6 Accord, but still... I can see how that would get old.

It's a sweet car though, the big FE engines may not be the most streetable but they sound great, and the look is perfect sleeper with the granny-yellow paint and poverty wheels. I hope this car doesn't go to a museum, but to someone who will actually drive it while cherishing it. But that's probably asking a lot. I know it's a rare car and deserves to be preserved, but at the same time, I don't really get the whole "rare combination" aspect of classic American muscle car collecting. It's not like the engine was hand-assembled and the body panels were sculpted from unobtanium on an English wheel. It's a big old mass-produced American car that happens to be one that not a lot of people ordered. Get over it.