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Historic NASCAR Ford was driven by legendary champion


The Pick of the Day is a piece of NASCAR history, a 1963 Ford Galaxie stock car that was driven by the great Fred Lorenzen, listed on ClassicCars.com for a very reasonable price.

Fred Lorenzen was one of the early superstars of the NASCAR Cup series, racing against such legends of the sport as Lee and Richard Petty, Junior Johnson, and Fireball Roberts. His race record includes 26 NASCAR Cup series wins, including the 1965 Daytona 500, two wins at the World 600 at Charlotte, six wins at Martinsville, and three wins at the Atlanta 500. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of fame in 2015.

The racer has all of the correct livery

This car, advertised by a Concord, North Carolina, dealer, was built to celebrate the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the 1991 Motorcraft 500 and used by Fred to drive the governor of Georgia around the track. It is the same spec as the car Fred used to win the race in 1964.

My affinity for classic NASCAR stock cars comes from my own experience as a driver in the Winston West, Featherlite Southwest Tour, and Goody’s Dash series back in the 1990s and early 2000s. I’m not crazy about the current staged racing format the series is now, but I love the classic era of this great sport.

Many of these early cars today are eligible for a number of vintage events and welcomed everywhere from the HSR Mitty, to the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, and even Goodwood in England. Since the early NASCAR race cars have been accepted in events of this caliber, many from the 1950s thru the 1970s have become quite collectible and expensive.

The stock car’s no-nonsense racing interior

The car is in perfect 1960’s NASCAR period spec and even has the taped steering wheel that drivers used back in the day.  It is painted in the identical livery of Fred’s race-winning Holman-Moody Ford.

For anyone interested in racing history, and anyone who wants to go vintage racing in a classic NASCAR stock car associated with a legendary driver, this Ford Galaxie looks to be an affordable way to do so, with an asking price of only $35,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


  1. I am showing this article to Fred as I’m writing this note at the nursing home where he is living in Oakbrook Terrace, IL to his great delight. See him one or two times a week and he says hi and thanks to his great fans.

  2. Your headline and article are very misleading. This is a replica pure and simple. So why don’t you say so. Fake news.


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