You don't see very many 427 Galaxies due to the engine's cost and the fact that it wasn't very streetable. That is it was built for all out top end performance which made it a poor daily driver.
I can comment on the relative streetability of a 427 Galaxie. I don't think it's quite as unreasonable as Tex suggests here; furthermore, the un-streetable aspect comes about as much through the lack of factory comforts like power steering and brakes and automatic transmissions. Our 427 8V motor
is quite reasonable to drive around town. If you don't put your foot in it, the secondaries never open and you're passengers will never complain
. (In one legendary midnight run, my uncle drove his then-four-month-old R-code in August 1963 over 100 miles of I-29 at about 110 mph, and never woke the old ladies asleep in the back seat because with a 3:1 rear end he could manage 100+ mph without engaging all eight barrels of carburetion.) So at least with the dual quads, the low-riser 427 engine
in my opinion is quite acceptable on the street. I don't know about a high-riser, and I suspect a Q-code would be more of a handful due to all four barrels dumping at once.
The hairiest aspect of the car is the overall driving experience. I'm told my mother drove this car once
, and hated it. No power steering, takes a toll on your rotator cuff in the parking lot. No power brakes, which actually do a good job stopping the car but are pretty scary if you're used to easy-glide power assist. No A/C, so the car is hot in the summer (and the heat coming through the firewall doesn't help matters.) The shifter and four-speed in 1963 require, shall we say, conviction
on the part of the driver. The clutch...is like a freaking Nautilus machine! I think a good picture of the relative liveability of a 427 racing engine can be seen in the Ford 7-Litre of 1966-67. The vast majority of those cars were ordered with 428s over the more expensive and more demanding 427.
Apparently one reason for the lack of power steering and things like A/C was the lack of pumps that could withstand 6500+ rpm. That's probably not an issue today, so a modernized 427 with all the creature comforts probably could be much friendlier.
The Black FoRd
—1963 Galaxie 500 2-door sedan blk/blk. Factory-installed: R-code motor, 4 spd BW, 3.00:1, PW, AM/FM, rear spkr, 2 spd W&W, seat belts, WSW 7.10. Dealer: spotlight mirror. Orig owner: Sun tach+sender, fan clutch, rad. overflow. 2nd owner: radials, S/S exhaust.