Ford recognized the importance of racing in building its performance reputation, both on the drag strip and in NASCAR super speedway racing. “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” was quickly becoming the motto of Detroit manufacturers, and there was no place better to showcase the performance of the latest vehicles than the high-banked NASCAR tracks at Daytona and Talladega. In the summer of 1962 Henry Ford II declared that the AMA “safety resolution,” its ban on racing, “has come to have neither purpose nor effect,” and with that, Ford was back in racing. Ford’s Total Performance program began and with it some of the most famous names in stock car racing—Holman-Moody, Fred Lorenzen, the Wood Brothers, Bud Moore and Banjo Matthews. Even Petty Enterprises was among the teams in the Total Performance era.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
410 hp, 427 cu. in. OHV V-8, four-speed “Top-Loader” manual transmission, Lincoln front and rear drum brakes with metallic sintered shoes, Monroe racing shocks front/rear with adjustable front load bolts and shackles.