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F hen Ford launched its Total Performance’ campaign in the 1960s, it got into motorsport in a big way. The idea was that it would lead to greater sales if customers knew just how capable Ford’s muscle cars were, which is why the Galaxie 500 was devised; it was perfect for the drag strip. Flowever, for Ford to take part in motorsport at an official level, it had to offer similarly equipped customer cars. With its huge proportions, square-cut lines and rumbling 7.0-litre V8, this was one seriously menacing machine.

Despite a kerb weight of almost two tonnes, the Galaxie 500 was capable of despatching the stand quarter mile in under 15 seconds and 0-60mph in six seconds.