Ford styling really hit the spot for its 1964 models, everything from the restyled Falcon compact to the top-drawer Galaxie 500.
The Pick of the Day is a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL convertible in restored condition, and looking primo in bright red with a black top and bucket-seat interior. The full-scale Ford is motivated by a 390/300-horsepower V8 with automatic transmission.
“These are the great boulevard cruiser bruisers from Ford,” says the Hilton, New York, dealer advertising the convertible on ClassicCars.com. “Big engine power, sleek in appearance, sought after for both.”
The Galaxie 500 was the top model of Ford’s full-size cars, starting out in 1959 and playing into the era’s fascination with everything space age. The 1964 models showed the influence of NASCAR racing with a sculpted style and fastback roofline for improved aerodynamics.
“You could always tell where our good ‘ol USA was in history from the styling of the American automobile,” the seller says. “Check out the space-age styling on the Galaxie… turbine taillights! Turbine-look wheel covers, horizontal-finned grille with protruding headlight buckets, streamlined and smooth long sides with additional stainless moldings.”
The nameplate is not a simple misspelling of galaxy but is derived from an earlier Ford show car with the French name LaGalaxie. The La was dropped for the production model. The Galaxie XL was a sport/luxury version that included such things as chrome-trimmed bucket seats.
This Galaxie looks very nice in the gallery of photos with the ad, showing its restored to stock at a high level. Oddly, the letter R is missing from the Ford letters on the hood; that seems like a super easy fixing before putting the car up for sale.
“This is a car that has been professionally restored a few years ago,” the seller says. “Previous owner spent thousands over what we are offering it for.”
That asking price is just $24,995, which seems reasonable for a stock-restored Galaxie convertible in sharp-looking condition, missing R or not.
As a side note, I can’t think about these cars without remembering an offbeat line from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Breakfast of Champions. In it, struggling science-fiction writer Kilgore Trout is picked up hitchhiking by a traveling salesman. When he sits down inside, he says to the driver, “What’s it like to pilot an entire Galaxie?”
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.