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427 Lightweight Clone
The Ford factory intended for the XL trim option to be a high-end laborious decoration for the classiest of car owners. Bob Stoorza of Beverly Hills, Florida, didn't see it that way. He saw it as junk that he had to remove, and then weld up any evidence of its existence. It was more than just the trim for Bob; the 289ci small-block Ford had to go as well. Since the day he got this Fairlane, he knew exactly what he wanted it to be when it grew up. He didn't want a luxury show car with all the bells and whistles, he wanted a hard-core, high-horsepower race car. The lightweight look was farfetched for his FE powered Fairlane, so the next best thing was to build it like a factory race car. He went with a vintage correct off-white with custom graphics on the door to give it the age to look authentic.
Alongside the paint and graphics, Bob wanted to make the mechanics resemble that era's race cars as well. The slotted wheels with sand-blasted centers and the slapper bars aid to that vibe. Though it's usually very far from car shows and cruises, this Fairlane gets quite a bit of attention. The appeal of a seemingly real race car with a big motor, three pedals, and tires for traction is timeless.