With the Mustang and Thunderbird being the most famous and recognizable Fords of the ’60s, the Ford 7-Litre is a forgotten luxury muscle model. In fact, most people are not even aware of its existence, but it is an interesting and powerful car. But, unfortunately, it has a short history. The story starts in the mid-60s when Ford introduced a new engine with 428 CID or 7.0-liters, which was an evolution of their venerable FE block.
They designed it to be a powerful street engine with lots of horsepower and torque. At the same time, Chevrolet had their successful Impala SS model featuring a 427 V8 engine, and Ford wanted to compete with it. But, Ford had a different vision. Because Chevrolet produced the Impala SS as a mundane car, Ford would produce its model as an upscale coupe or convertible.
And they would put the emphasis on luxury and exclusivity. So, using a full-size Galaxie two-door hardtop or convertible platform, Ford introduced their new model for 1966, which they called the 7-Litre. The “7” stood for displacement and the Litre spelling gave some European charm to the otherwise ordinary Galaxie. Under the hood was the 428 V8 with respectable 345 HP that delivered a convincing performance.
However, the equipment in the 7-Litre is also interesting since Ford put everything they had into this car. The buyers of the 7-Litre could get air conditioning, and bucket seats were standard. There was also a heavy-duty suspension and power everything. Customers had the choice of special colors and the 7-Litre badges on the sides that helped identify this model. This was a one year only model.
However, in 1967, the 428 was back, but only as an option on the Galaxie, and not a standalone model. In muscle car history, the 7-Litre was forgotten for quite a while. But, in recent years, its popularity grew, so these big coupes and convertibles are starting to have value on the classic car market. Ford has been experimenting with luxury appointments on the Fiesta, but it would be great to see a fully loaded luxurious coupe.