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August 26, 2019

By: Jonathan


This ’66 Ford Fairlane Was Built For On-Track Adventures

Back in the day, stock meant stock in racing. A car that you could drive from home to track and back again week after week. However, these days stock in NASCAR or NHRA no longer resembles that which you keep in your driveway, but this 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 is a reminder of those simpler times.

One of only 57 R-Codes produced in 1966 this baby was, to quote Bruce Springsteen, “born to run.” Built with its sights set on NASCAR the 427cu.-in. 425hp V8 found its success instead on the straight tracks of the NHRA. It would not take long for the car to find success in the series with John Downing piloting the 500, and it’s 480lb.-ft. of torque, to a 11.42 second Super Stock B national record in 1967. Having undergone a complete restoration the famous racer now has only 2 miles on it since being born again.

All-in-all the car has 11,352 original miles and now resides as part of the Tommy Cronk Collection. Though in just over a weeks time it will trade hands in Dallas at Mecum’s annual auction where it is projected to gavel anywhere between $150,000 – $200,000.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

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