The Pick of the Day is a 1963 Ford Galaxie 500XL convertible in mostly original condition showing just 28,000 miles that, according to the Orlando, Florida, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com, “may be the finest unrestored example to be found.”
This Galaxie is powered by a big-block 406cid V8 engine with tri-power and solid lifters, and factory rated at 405 horsepower, mated to a Borg-Warner 4-speed manual transmission.
“This engine was Ford’s response to Chevy’s 409,” the dealer says. “The 352/390 FE block was recast and strengthened for the 406 application with thicker cylinder walls in addition to strong internals, cast iron headers, 2-½ inch exhaust, improved heads, high-lift cam and as mentioned, solid lifters and tri-power carburation.”
The 500XL was the top-dog Galaxie, fitted with enhanced trim and badging, and upgraded interiors that included bucket seats, console and floor-mounted shifters. The 406 V8 was the big performance engine for the early part of the model year, replaced mid-year by the new 427.
For ’63, Galaxie continued as an expression of Jet Age styling, its long body with creased sides that evoked aircraft, turbine taillights, a mesh grille surrounding quad headlights and turbine-inspired wheel covers.
This Galaxie looks to be in sparkling condition with all-original interior and trim that still looks fresh.
“It’s had one repaint in the original color of Heritage Burgundy and the Light Rose interior is all original,” the dealer notes.
“The odometer indicates 28,000 miles which is stated as correct by prior ownership. Most importantly, the car condition reflects that of a low-mile original car. It runs, drives and performs excellent, too!”
The asking price is $85,000, which is at the top of the pricing range for an excellent example, according to the Hagerty value guide, which this Galaxie just might be with such low mileage and fine condition.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com see Pick of the Day.