3. 427 V8 FE Medium Riser
Derived from the FE engine series and bored to 427 CID – 7.0-liters, the 427 was the biggest and the most powerful engine Ford produced in the mid-1960s. However, in contrast to the more common 390 V8, the 427 was rarer and more expensive. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the 427 V8 Ford is the quality of performance. In fact, Ford closely connected this engine to all their performance models or versions they produced during the era.
There were three distinct variants of this unit, each with its own characteristics. The first one was a fire-breathing 427 from the early 60s, which was installed in NASCAR stock cars and drag racers, and it soon became successful. They called that early 427s, “Low Risers” and “High Riser” versions soon followed that featured a taller intake system to provide better airflow and torque figures.
Unfortunately, despite being powerful, High Risers were also pure racing engines that were unusable for normal driving. They also proved successful in the Ford Thunderbird drag racer, for example. For this reason, Ford introduced a milder version they called the “Medium Riser,” which featured a shorter intake manifold and better road manners, but still retained its infamous power and torque figures.
This made the 427 Medium Riser a perfect fit for Galaxies, Comets, and Fairlanes, since it could fit under the hood without any modifications. And since the Medium Riser had such a potential racing pedigree, it also proved itself on NASCAR ovals and drag racing tracks all over America.