Car: Ford Galaxie 500 R-Code 427
What makes it special: The 1965 Ford Galaxie was an all-new design, featuring vertically stacked dual headlights. The steering and front suspension were heftier and the rear sported coil springs for the first time. Ford scored huge on the new car’s increased structural integrity when the 427 R-Code V8 version made big noise on the track, where it won 48 of 55 NASCAR races. Unique to the 1965 full size Ford was the Corning Pyrex headlight covers that came standard when you ordered the 427 engine package.
What made it famous: It was a great showcase of Ford’s big powerhouse, with a 425 horsepower, 427 side-oiler V8 fed by dual inline 4-barrel carburetors and backed by a bulletproof T-10 4-speed manual transmission. It was a full-size forefather of the later muscle machines.
Why I would want one: I've always been a fan of the full-sized hot rods. It's the big kid on the block that came to play. The larger performance cars were very durable, and could withstand many poundings to prove it. In a nutshell, it's the intersection where "spacious luxury" and "street-racer attitude" met.
Fun fact: The Galaxie was the high volume competition to Chevrolet's Impala model. Some Galaxies were high-performance, racing specification machines, while others were plain family sedans.
(1965 Ford Galaxie 500 R-Code 427 photo from classyauto.com)