17. Ford 7-Litre
Since the Mustangs and Thunderbirds were the most famous Fords of the 1960s, the Ford 7-Litre is a forgotten classic luxury muscle car. In fact, most people are not even aware of its existence. Although this is an interesting, powerful car, it had a short history. The story starts in the mid-’60s when Ford introduced a new 7.0-liter engine with 428 CID, which was an evolution of their venerable FE block. They designed the engine to be a powerful street machine with lots of horsepower and torque. At the same time, Chevrolet had the successful Impala SS model with a 427 V8 engine, so Ford needed to compete with it. They envisioned producing their own model as an upscale coupe or convertible with an emphasis on luxury and exclusivity.
So, using a full-size Galaxie two-door hardtop or a convertible platform, Ford introduced a new model for 1966 they called the 7-Litre. The “7” stands for displacement and the “Litre” spelling gave charm to the ordinary Galaxie. But under the hood was a 428 V8 engine with 345 HP (390 hp was the true rating), delivering a convincing performance. Ford put everything they had into this car. In fact, buyers could get A/C and bucket seats standard. They also included a heavy-duty suspension, power everything, special colors, and fancy 7-Litre badges on the sides. However, the 7-Litre was only available for one year. In 1967, the 428 engine was back but just an option on the Galaxie, not a standalone model.