• Apr 4, 2008
Click on the image for more shots of the '64 Galaxy with Rocket Axle

We're pretty pumped-up about this auction for a 1964 Ford Galaxy from Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic, running from May 15-18 in Indianapolis, IN. Even if we didn't love the '64 Galaxy as an A/FX drag-car, which we do, the rare Latham axial flow supercharger induction system with quad Carter single-barrel carbs that feed the 425-horsepower 427 Ford big block race motor would seal the deal for us.

Still not impressed? Perhaps you didn't notice the FREAKIN' ROCKET ENGINE hanging off the rear axle! For those unaware, this adds historical significance to this particular Galaxy. The Turbonique Corporation from the roaring-'60s, when literally anything seemed possible, offered what it referred to as a "Turbo Drag Axle" that could add as much as 1,000 horsepower to a drag car using a snail-housing supercharger spinning at up to 92,000 RPM and force-fed N-Propyl Nitrate liquid rocket fuel. Yes you read that right... rocket fuel.

The Galaxy in this auction was built and owned by tobacco heir Zachary Reynolds of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco fame and is referred to as the "Tobacco King". The Turbo Drag Axle hanging off the rear end offers 850 additional horsepower in this application and the car has been souped up to handle the juice with chassis and suspension stiffening. While it's not likely to ever make another pass down the 1,320, with just 3,611 original miles and all of the period-correct modifications, this is one vehicle that deserves to be appreciated for years to come. Thanks for the tip, Trevor!


[Source: Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      "Waiting for the mandatory "I'd rather have a WRX" comment."

      Good one...I think you gotta say STi...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Only 9.36 elapsed time at 168 mph, seems a little slow for 1300HP. I guess the rocket really only kicks in at speeds outside of the quarter mile.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My guess is that they're pretty traction limited...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nevermind... I read the article.. Doh!
        • 6 Years Ago
        OMG man.. At that time a 9:13 e.t. was BLINDINGLY fast. That thing was a missile in its day.

        Turbonique is teh awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      **blink, blink**




      • 6 Years Ago
      Man what a beautiful car!!Seen it at Carlisle Ford Show 2 years ago.This car has the orginal paint on the car and looks like i t was painted 2 days ago.Was standing there looking at the car and the great display,and there was another guy standing beside me.Didn't pay close attention to him until I turned and looked at him.Well low and behold it was a friend of mine from my home town that has collected cars for a long time.we started chating about the car and talked some time before he told me that he was the owner of the car.I then looked back at the display and sure enough Eddie's name was on the dispay.It actually had Edward on the display,so that's the reason i didn't catch it.Boy its a small world.This is a really fantastic car.A real piece of muscle car history!
      • 6 Years Ago
      You really should read this fantastic article about the Turbonique company: http://iowahawk.typepad.com/bolus/2008/03/the-real-acme.html

      Fantastic stuff. I'll take one of each.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Great article, thanks for posting it. Makes that "rocket-equipped WRX" comment above sound weirdly possible and completely awesome.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yes, awesome article, and i did some devling into the axial blower, cool stuff.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just the blown big block Ford ought to provide some thrills without the rocket.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hate to be that guy, but it's a Galaxie not Galaxy. My brother had a '64, but traded it for a '63 1/2.

      Excellent boat of a car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmmm... I guess the real "rocket" wasn't an Oldsmobile after all!
      • 6 Years Ago
      One word: insane!

      Love it! This thing will go for about a million bucks at auction.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Current estimates in the collector world are $750K-$1MM. As for the comment stating "these kids don't remember..." heck, most of them weren't even born yet! They have not yet developed an appreciation for great collectibles. This car is an original and unrestored time capsule that captures the essense of Hot Rodding...that SPIRIT is what fostered the creation of all fast cars since that time...yes, even the rice-built WRX STI...Man asking the question "What if?" and the great quest for the answer...YOU GOTTA LOVE IT!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Waiting for the mandatory "I'd rather have a WRX" comment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You got something against cookie cutter rice burners?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd rather have a rocket-equipped WRX.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yawn. Other than the obvious obsession with raw power, I don't find anything remotely exciting here.

      I'd rather have something 'current'...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess these kids don't remember the 1960's when you could buy a Hemi aluminum bodied Dodge, aluminum big Block Camaros or Boss Mustangs or any other muscle car for $3K-$4K and Sunoco 260 (102 Octane) gas cost 30 cents.
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