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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-10 10:23 AM
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5. No, it was not.
That the Ford Motor Company created an engine code (W) for it and printed some ephemera prior to the production of model year 1968 has led to this long-running myth perpetuated by the copy-n-pasters on the internets. However no production 427-equipped Mustangss were produced and the 427 was not available as a factory option. People could have their dealers install the 427 if they coughed up enough cash but that is not the same as it being a factory option. While a couple of prototypes were built the W code 427 did not get the green light for the 1968 model run of the Mustang.

The only FoMoCo pony car that came equipped from the factory with the 427 was the 1968 Mercury Cougar GTE and in that case the 427 center oiler with hydraulic cam (same cam as the 428 CJ) was the standard and only engine available in that package. The W code 427 was not available as a separate option from Mercury. The W code 427 was phased out in April of 1968 for the GTE in favor of the Q code 428 CJ which could be produced for far less cost but offered nearly identical power (although the public HP rating was the famously low B curve dyno rating of 335). (The 427 was expensive to produce because the bore was at the limits allowed by the bore spacing and the engine required special molds with greater control of core shift during casting and more blocks were wasted due to core shift.)

Factory one-offs are excepted from any discussion of what engines were options. Ford made one SOHC-powered Galaxie at their factory for a space-going customer. That was a one-off, not "proof" that the SOHC ever was offered as an option.

These misinformed internet fan sites are a constant pain in the ass for Ford historians. The misinformation about the Cleveland engine series alone is like tuning into Glenn Beck for a biography of Tom Paine.

I got more words about the FE series engines if you want them! :-)
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