12. 1966 Ford Fairlane 427 Lightweight
Ford introduced the new Fairlane in 1966. The car was immediately a hit with customers all over America. However, to make sure the Fairlane continued the tradition of the massively successful Thunderbolt, Ford produced 57 specially designed R-Code Fairlane 427 Lightweights. They sold them to drag racers nationwide.
The 427 was the final evolution of Ford’s venerable FE block. The real output was around 650 HP. This version of 427 Medium Riser had 13.2:1 compression ratio that insured big power, but questionable street manners. Also, 427 Lightweights benefitted from fiberglass hood with functional hood scoop, lightweight fenders, bumper and stripped interior.
Thanks to all that power and low weight, the 427 Fairlane set a new B Class record with 11.2 seconds quarter mile time. This proved Ford had made another drag strip monster after legendary Thunderbolt.