1966 427 Fairlane
From 1955 to 1970 Ford produced the Fairlane, a sometimes full-sized, sometimes mid-sized car that was the ancestor of many of the modern Ford brands. The Fairlane was restyled and resized throughout the ‘50s and early ‘60s, by which time it made its place between the compact Falcon and the full-sized Galaxie. By mid ‘60s, and the introduction of the 1966 427 Fairlane, Ford was ready to compete with other American muscle cars.
1966 saw the start of the fifth generation of the Ford Fairlane and some changes to the styling, which made it appealing to the masses. In addition to the new styling, Ford introduced a new line of packages for the Fairlane, including the XL, GT, and GTA, as well as a convertible model. The models got new engines and better performance elements, but they were nothing compared with the introduction of the 1966 427 Fairlane.
Ford created the 1966 427 Fairlane to qualify for IHRA and NHRA Super Stock racing. They made 57 of these cars to send out onto the racing circuit, where they were hugely successful. The restyling and redesigning of the 1966 Fairlanes meant that Ford could drop a big block engine into them. They used the 427 V8 with 425 horsepower, which created tremendous speed in a car that was relatively light. They dominated the drag strip because their competitors were much heavier.
The strategy of getting these 57 1966 427 Fairlanes out to race and win worked well for Ford. They attracted plenty of attention and then stocked the dealerships with the other models of the new 1966 Fairlanes. The public bought it, and the fifth generation models were a huge hit for Ford. They sold over 75,000 units that year. Today, a 1966 427 Fairlane is a rare find and an exciting one for classic car collectors.