A car so hot, it came with a warning letter!
We take modern car reliability for granted, but back when this ‘67 Fairlane was new, Ford actually included a letter to the new owner stating that this monster wasn’t intended for highway or general passenger car use!
The mid 60s saw the light weight Galaxies racing in superstock, aerodynamic Galaxies competing on NASCAR speedways, Shelby Cobras and GT 350s winning on road race tracks, and no one can ever forget the historic 123 win at the 1966 Le Mans where ford GT 40s beat Ferrari on the world stage. That racing technology truly trickled down to the streets, directly resulting in our 1967 Fairlane 500 feature car, and average guy version of an NHRA superstock drag car for the street.
The Fairlane is a mid-size car, bigger than the Falcon, but not as heavy as the Galaxie. Their accommodating underhood space allowed for the installation of any of the Ford V8s of the day, and only 229 ended up like this one, stuffed with the notorious R-code 427.
It’s the drivetrain that is so special on these cars. Starting with the 427 in.³ FE series engine, a thin wall, high compression, tight tolerance racing V8 topped with 2 4 barrel carburetors perched on a medium rise intake manifold, high flow cylinder heads, high compression pistons, a solid lifter camshaft, and free-flowing exhaust manifolds. The factory tune claimed 425 hp and 480 pound feet of torque. This one is hooked to a heavy duty clutch and a four-speed transmission. A stout 9 inch rear end is loaded with 3.89:1 gears and the limited slip differential allowing for hard launches on the dragstrip, or the street. The dealer warning letter warned of decreased fuel economy, increased oil consumption, and high idle.
When I was a kid, a neighbor had a Fairlane like this one, even the same color, but it was a 390 car. I’ll never forget my bigwheel-eye view of this thing, and how the dual exhaust rumble nearly literally blew me away. Today, this whole car blows me away.
The stacked headlights and pronounced grille are popular styling language for the time, and it still looks great today. We dig the red, white, and blue crest in the grille. The headlights suggestively lean forward giving a speedy appearance, and the sloping rear roofline makes for a slick profile. Painted steel wheels topped with dog-dish caps and white pinstripe tires add to the classy look. The lower side trim almost looks stripe-ish, but this car is devoid of anything that suggests its performance capabilities… save for the 427 badges on the fenders.
Interior styling is the definition of “clean”, with acres of blue vinyl to match the outside, only interrupted by the occasional slab of woodgrain door trim and chrome dash trim. This car has an interesting redline on the speedo, warning that you’ve crossed the 70 MPH mark, but there is no tachometer. Heater controls are tucked in below the AM radio, and the 4-speed stick pops up through the floor, without the need for a console to pretty things up. Bench-seat 4-speed cars are all business.
This one is one of the nicest examples of an R-code 1967 Ford Fairlane, and it’s wearing most of it’s original Brittany Blue paint. It drives, and runs, like new.
From The Brothers Collection.
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