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Ford Galaxie Starliner (1961)


Ford Galaxie Starliner (1961)

This Galaxie hot rod carries the now legendary SOHC Ford engine which was developed in order to compete with Chrysler's Hemi-engined NASCAR racers. It made an impressive 675bhp (503kW) on Ford dyno, but it was outlawed immediately because it was too good. The engines did make it on several factory-sponsored A/FX drag racers, which subsequently won their class in 1965. Even so, it never made it into a production car, though some de-tuned engines were sold over the counter. One of those made its way into this modified Galaxie, which has had to have the hood reshaped to fit the induction system. Elsewhere the car features stiffer front suspension to cope with the weight, plus there's a Top Loader gearbox and 4.30:1 geared rear end with Detroit Locker differential. Quarter-miles zip by in just 13 seconds for this Starliner, but it looks like a period factory racer.

Ford Galaxie Starliner (1961) Specifications

Top speed:130 mph (208 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):5.4 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:427 ci (6,997 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:625 bhp (466 kW) @ 7,000 rpm
Max torque:515 lb ft (698 Nm) @ 3,800 rpm
Weight:3,660 lb (1,663 kg)
Economy:7 mpg (2.47 km/I)
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