In school, a couple of buddies and I caught the car bug and realized we were becoming “Car Guys”. Not sure how we got this sickness. We all grew up on farms and had to help fix whatever was broken (or we messed up). Maybe it was all the car magazines we read. We all wanted something old, cool and fast for our first cars! Plus, they would be easier to fix than the modern 1980’s cars.
On April 29, 1965, after 46 years on Brazilian soil, Ford Motor Brazil announced (through General Manager John C. Goulden), the launching of an up-to-date, modern, and very comfortable automobile: the Galaxie 500. This was to be the first car made by Ford in Brazil!
This is my 1966 Fairlane 500. It’s a 2 door sedan with a 289 V8 with AOD transmission and a Ford 9 inch rear with 3.50 gears. The body is very clean but has a total novice restoration. I found the car while turning around in a very long driveway! An older guy comes out to see what I'm doing and conversation begins about an old Ford in garage. He tells me it was a project for him and his wife, but health issues left the car sitting for 6 years. So I ask about it and the rest is history! The car has stayed in Ohio its entire life. I am the 3rd owner as far as I can tell.
“It was 1965 in New York, and it was the worst winter storm that we had ever seen”, remembers Bob Hamilton. They took their Ford Flatbed down to Larson Ford, to pickup up their Poppy Red 1965 K code Mustang Fastback. They loaded up the car off the showroom floor, and barreled through the blistering winter storm to Holman Moody to have the car prepped for A/FX (Factory Experimental Class) Super Stock drag racing.
We’ll kick off this 1957 Ranchero Double Feature with, well, a ’57 Ranchero. First up is this beautiful example owned by Don Nordboe of Council Bluffs, IA.
What you are looking at is a street driven, legal, NASCAR spec 1969 Ford Talladega. I numbered the car 72, like Benny Parsons’ car. He was only one I know of who drove a Maroon Talladega.