Have you ever bought a new car that you regretted letting go? Charlie Pearson doesn’t have that problem — he bought a 1963½ Ford Galaxie 500 new and never got rid of it.
Charlie specified the dual-quad version with 425 horsepower (known as the “R-code” due to fifth character in the VIN) in the “fastback” Galaxie 500 two-door hardtop. This body style was introduced mid-year 1963, the same moment when the 427 replaced the 406 as Ford’s engine to kill on the street and the racetracks. Of course, the Galaxie 500/XL is the famous one due to its bucket seats and console, but perhaps Charlie was inclined to have a little honey closer to him?
Muscle Car Campy — otherwise known as Jim Campisano, the former editor of Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords — gives us a ride and spins a tale with Charlie as he waxes poetic on 60 years of ownership. And if you enjoy this episode, you can check out other videos from Muscle Car Campy.