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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.


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


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.


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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