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1966 Ford Fairlane 500 GT/GTA

1966 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

The 1966 Ford Fairlane saw many changes from the older Fairlane versions. Thie 1966 model incorporate a more streamlined and eye pleasing design featuring long sloping A pillars and slightly curved (coke bottle) quarter panel curves. The new car also included a redesigned dash and a body that was noticeably void of the bright chrome trim that was prominent on older Fairlane models. Ford's new middleweight Fairlane also meant it could fit a 390 cid big block. In fact, Ford even built approx. 60 Fairlane's with the 427cid side oiler motor.

The Fairlane came in a variety of models including base, 500, XL, and GT versions. the GT version was part of the "fancy" 500/XL lines and included more refined interiors, bucket seats, and additional chrome trim. GT and GTA models included a special hood, engine dress up parts, striping, heavier duty suspension, disc brakes, console, bucket seats, and sports car inspired steering wheel. The available motors were a 6 cylinder, 289 cid, 390 cid, or even the extremely rare 425 hp 427 cid engine.

The 390 cid engine was the hot street combination for the 1966 Fairlane. This engine featured a hi performance camshaft, custom intake manifold, and a signle four barrel carb. If you wanted an automatic you had to order the GTA which featured the Sport Shift Cruise-O-Matic transmission. Such vehicles were consistent 15 second quarter mile cars.

Interior

The interior of the 1966 Ford Fairlane features a somewhat Ford Galaxy inspired dash with rectangular gauges and a long clean dash style.

1966 ford fairlane interior

Powertrain

The standard engine on the 500, XL, and GT models was the 289cid engine. However, a 390cid and 427cid engine were options. The 425hp 427 engine was capable of 12 second quarter mile times.

Production

Ford produced nearly 320,000 Fairlanes in 1966 of which 37,000 were GT/GTA. Only 57 were produced with the 427 drag strip oriented engine combination.

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