Good Guys 1963 1/2 Giveaway Galaxie
The Good Guys Rod & Custom Association booth at the 2016 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas featured the Good Guys 2017 Giveaway car, a custom 1963 ½ Ford Galaxie Fastback.
This body style with a sporty roof line and no post was introduced by Ford Motor Company mid-way through the 1963 model year known officially as the “Sports Hardtop.” By changing the roofline, the improved aerodynamics made it more competitive in high-speed NASCAR (National Association of Stock Car Racing) competition.
Reportedly testing revealed that a 1963 ½ Ford Galaxie Sports Hardtop required 100 fewer horsepower to maintain 160 miles per hour around the Daytona Motor Speedway 2 ½-mile oval than did a 1963 Ford Galaxie “notchback.” As a bonus to Ford, the fastback body style proved to be a winner in the showroom as well as the race track, and was far and away the most popular 1963 Ford Galaxie body style
The Good Guys Giveaway car designed by Eric Brockmeyer http://www.brockmeyerdesign.com/and built by Legens Hot Rods of Martin Tennessee http://www.legenshotrod.com/is finished in a custom mixed PPG tan paint, matte bronze plating of the bumpers and trim and a brown custom leather interior.
Under the hood the Galaxie features a Ford Racing Performance Coyote 5.0 liter V-8 engine and a Tremec transmission nestled in a Roadster Shop chassis with Roadster Shop suspension parts. The custom Greening Auto Company wheels are finished to match the matte bronze finish of the rest of the trim on the Galaxie.
The Galaxie will be given away during the 20the annual Good Guys PPG Nationals in Columbus Ohio in July of 2017. Check out the link for a free chance to enter at https://www.good-guys.com/promos/ford-galaxie
Photos by the author