Fort Lauderdale | Lot 485
1963 Ford Galaxie 500XL R-Code
$93,500 USD | Sold
| Fort Lauderdale, Florida
17 March 2012
Any Ford performance enthusiast’s list of favorite models from the 1960s has to include the 1963½ Galaxie 500XL R-code convertible. Even in 1963 this car would have been considered one of the rarest and most desirable Fords available. The R-code was the hottest version of the company’s 427-cid V-8, and it breathed through a pair of four-barrel carburetors.
Ford built 18,551 Galaxie 500XLs in 1963 – fewer than 100 had the R-code engine, which was only available with a four-speed manual transmission – and as few as 10 were sold in convertible form. Produced at the Chicago, Illinois, assembly plant on March 15, 1963, this lot includes all R-code equipment, including larger brakes, 15-inch steel wheels, special exhaust and heavy-duty springs. Wheels are trimmed with the unique spinner wheel covers that only came with the big-block high-output packages. All of the power functions are in working order from the power-operated top to the transistorized pushbutton radio.
The recipient of a complete restoration, the car is finished in Corinthian White with a white convertible top that richly contrasts with the brilliant blue vinyl bucket seat interior. The bodywork is straight, and the sheet metal components align as well as the day the car was manufactured. This rare 500XL R-code convertible has been well maintained and retains all of the hard-to-find authentic elements that solidifies the car’s value and desirability. “Total Performance” was Ford’s marketing theme during this period; this could be the car the company had in mind when the phrase was coined.