Car: Ford Fairlane 500 427 R-Code
What makes it special: For 1966, the Fairlane was redesigned, now featuring a stacked headlight system, in addition, one of the benefits of the overhaul was that the new car could accommodate the FE big block engine it would need to stay competitive on the drag strip. Ford built fifty-seven examples powered by the “Medium Riser” 427 V8 to dominate the competition.
What made it famous: Lighter than most of its competitors, the Fairlane was fitted with a fiberglass ram air hood scoop that fed the intake charge to a sealed air cleaner on dual 4-barrel carburetors. With 13.2:1 compression and a special high-lift camshaft, the 427 “Medium Riser” 427 V8 and Toploader 4-speed manual transmission gave this car record-setting performance.
Why I would want one: My first car was a 1966 Ford Fairlane. I've always loved the body styling and had plans one day to replace the original 289 V8. My car was quick with that small block V8, but I can only imagine the neck snapping, throw-you-back-in-the-seat performance of the same car lightened with a 427 V8 under the hood. Wow!
Fun fact: Pictured is just one of the original fifty-seven 1966 Ford Fairlane 427 lightweights, only 4 or 5 examples are known to exist in this condition today.
( 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 427 R-Code photo from hemmings.com )