With 7,783 original miles showing on the odometer, this 1963 Galaxie 500 Lightweight is documented with notarized letters of authenticity signed by Dick Brannan and Jerry Hammes. In 1963, the Romy-Hammes Ford franchise of South Bend, Indiana, was the sponsor on Brannan’s car when it was new. After it was retired following that season, it remained in the Brannan stables for several years until it was sold for the tidy sum of $750. Many cars of this nature, no longer legal in sanctioned class racing, were subsequently modified for street use or greater power. That was not the case here.
Inside are the lightweight bucket seats, radio and heater delete, a column-mounted Sun tachometer and Hurst shifter. The detailed chassis and engine bay coupled with period-correct tires and steel wheels finish it off. Autographed by Brannan and Jerry Hammes upon its completion, in 2007 the car had ended its journey to refreshed excellence and has been shown rarely since then.