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Pick of the Day: 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie

Travel the solar system in style


The Milky Way Galaxy is said to be 13.61 billion years old and contains between 100 and 400 billion stars, along with an equal number of planets (including those of our own solar system). It’s mind-blowing to think of the size and scope of the great beyond. Today, we look at a Galaxie that’s only 64 years old.  

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie two-door listed for sale on by a private seller in Dubuque, Iowa. (Click the link to view the listing)

The odometer reads 42,038 miles, which the seller asserts is original. At 64 years old, this car still has a lot of life left to live.

Included in the listing is a photo of a description which states: “This car was purchased new at Holmes Tuttle Ford in Tucson, Arizona. It was covered with a tarp in the original owner’s shop for over 25 years and was put back on the road in 1994 with only 28,000 miles on the odometer.”

The Galaxie name’s origins date back to 1959 when it designated a top-tier model of the Fairlane. For that year only, badging included both the Fairlane and Galaxie names. Body designs were available in two-door, four-door, and convertible variants (one of which – the Sunliner – had a retractable hardtop).

The paint for this two-door was redone in the original “Geranium” (code T) color with a complementary Colonial White (code E) roof during restoration in 1999. The body is said to be rust-free since the car was Arizona-owned long term. Mechanical areas of attention at the time included the tires, water pump, battery, solenoid, a re-cored radiator, seals, hubcaps, radio, antenna, and interior.

Power under the hood comes from a 352cid V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. The seller states that the starter has been replaced recently, and driving aids include power steering and power brakes.

With the dawn of a new decade in 1960, the Galaxie lost some of its chrome ornamentation and the body lines were changed considerably. One of the most notable updates happened with the A-pillar which now swept forward instead of backward. The once-prominent tailfins became more subdued and eventually disappeared entirely. Thus, many consider the 1959 to be particularly collectible.

The asking price is $27,000 for this Galaxie. Its rocket-inspired taillights are as close any of us may ever get to intergalactic travel.

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.



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