1965 Ford Fairlane 500 Drag Racer
Les Ritchey's Performance Associates
classic and collector car sales and consignments
1865 McGee Lane, Ste F
Lewisville, TX 75077
please call Dave at 214-213-7072 or Maris at 214-616-2317
We are very proud to have been chosen to showcase and sell this incredibly restored 65 Fairlane.
We would appreciate it very much if you would not contact the restoration shop mentioned in the ad. They have consigned the car to us to sell and we will be happy to answer any questions for you.
If you are a serious buyer, we can later get you in contact with them.
In 2008 the owners of A & R Restorations found a gentleman in Lewisville, Texas, selling off some old Fords. They bought some of the cars and in the batch was this car that the older gentleman said he had drag raced in the 1970s. The owner also sold them some engines. He thought he had blown the engine in the 65 Fairlane back in the day, but come to find out the original engine was one of the engines they bought.
A & R Restorations of Emory , Texas brought this piece of history back to it's original glory.
The body was still in good condition. All original body parts were used with the exception of the hood and deck lid.
This is the original engine. It along with the original transmission and rear axle and radiator were all used in the car.
They also contacted Dennis Kolodzeig, who is the expert on Ford Thunderbolts and other Ford history.
The following letter authenticates the car. All documents are notarized and we have the originals.
In 1965, Ford built two Fairlane 500s with 289 High Performance engines for D/Stock Automatic drag racing, ordered through Ford Transportation Services with seam sealer delete. This is the car that was sold to Les Ritchey's Performance Associates for $1.00. It is believed to be the only one left.
We have an entire notebook of documents proving the authenticity of this car.
The pictures speak for themselves. Years of hard work and research, not to mention money, went into this project. It became a labor of love in my opinion. The way these men talk about the car, it was more than just a restoration. It was bringing back an important piece of American drag racing history from the 1960s.
Mel Burns Ford was well known in southern California as the go to place for Ford Cobra and Shelby parts. The Fairlane was actually used in many magazine ads for Shelby parts.
Features of the Fairlane include
289/271 HP Engine
Correct HIPO Heads
Cobra Aluminum Intake
735 CFM Holley Carburetor
Custom Air Intake
Rebuilt Carter HIPO Fuel Pump
Coated Hooker Headers
C4 Auto Transmission
Factory Sealer Delete Car
Door Tag DSO of 89 - Transportation Services(same as Thunderbolts)
Driveshaft Loop installed by Les Ritchey's Shop in 1965
Traction Master Traction Bars
Original Glass Except Windshield
Silver Blue Metalic with Satin Black Engine Compartment
Crager SS Wheels
Pie Crust Slicks in rear
Class Champion at Pomona in 1965
Best Ford Restoration at 2015 MCACN Show
Rotisserie Restoration to Bare Metal
This is our actual stamped inner fender with the matching numbers VIN. The factory originally stamped it with a 2 at the end and it was supposed to be a 5.
Note the DSO is 89 on the door tag. This is the same DSO as the 64 Thunderbolts.
Under the hood, you will find the original block that has been brought back to as close to original as you can get. A & R Restorations took all the photos they could find and followed them to restore this engine to it's hay days on the drag strip.
Some of the decals were almost non existent, so A & R found artwork for the hard to find ones and had them recreated.
The interior is a correct reproduction kit from Distinctive Industries.
The back seat is actually fiberglass, for less weight.
A& R got in contact with Les Ritchey's brother Dwight, and he actually drove the car up to the stage at the Mecum auction in 2015 and signed the trunk lid.
You can see the attention to detail in the undercarriage.
Les Ritchey and his friend Ron Root raced the Fairlane in 65 and then Les bought one of Ford's 1966 Mustang drag development cars, and Ron Root was to buy the Fairlane for $500. In 66 Les Ritchie lost his life racing that Mustang.
This car was campaigned out of the Mel Burns Ford Drag team and included not only Les Ritchey, but famous drag racers such as Connie Kalitta and Gas Ronda.
This was a complete rotisserie restoration begun around 2008 not long after the car was purchsed.
Even Shelby Enterprises was contacted during the research and responded with these pictures.
This book contains so much documentation for this car. In it, is the proof of what this car is. It is the main part of the cars provenance.
In 2018 The Fairlane went to Mecum in Kissimmee, Florida. They estimated the car to do from $135,000. to $160,000. It got close, but was not sold. It's time for this car to go to a collector who can display it for the world to see.
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Again, please feel free to call Dave at 214-213-7072 or Maris at 214-616-2317 with any questions. We can send you the entire Photobucket album with 7 pages of photos if you'd like.
WARRANTY : This vehicle is being sold as is, where is, with no warranty expressed, written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuine, or defects herein and makes no warranty in connection therewith. Although every effort is made on our part to accurately describe the vehicle to you, it is the buyers responsibility to see that his/her classic and collector car purchase meets their individual criteria. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. The seller will make every effort to disclose any known defects associated with the vehicle at the buyers request prior to the close of the sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any oral or written statements about the vehicle. A personal or 3rd party inspection prior to your purchase is highly recommended.