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Ford Fairlane 427


Ford Fairlane 427

It was right in the middle of the fierce muscle-car wars that Ford launched the Fairlane 427. They widened the shock towers in the engine bay and fitted larger front coil springs in order to cope with both the size and weight of the 427, which basically was a de-tuned race engine. The output was a 'mere' 410bhp (305kW) with single carburettor, but on the Fairlane most came with twin carbs and, therefore, 425bhp (317kW). The body and chassis were unitary and the car could be ordered with a handling package which consisted of longer leaf springs on the live rear axle, front disc brakes and larger 15-inch (381mm) wheels fitted with blackwall tyres. Only one gearbox, Borg-Warner's 'Top Loader' T10, could handle I lie engine's torque, so every Fairlane 427 got one. Being a thinly disguised race car meant potential purchasers had to be carefully screened by dealers.

Ford Fairlane 427 Specifications

Top speed:121 mph (194 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.0 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:427 ci (6,997 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:425 bhp (317 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:480 lb ft (650 Nm) @ 3,700 rpm
Weight:4,100 lb (1,863 kg)
Economy:16 mpg (5.7 km/I)
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