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Pick of the Day: 1968 Ford XL-GT Convertible

Looking like a custom show car

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In 1966, Ford introduced the 7-Litre for the Galaxie 500/XL to showcase the new 428 V8. Starting in 1968, Ford replaced the 7-Litre package with the GT Equipment Group for the XL fastback and convertible. Our Pick of the Day, a 1968 Ford XL-GT convertible, is one of these somewhat obscure full-size sporty cars. It is listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Germantown, Wisconsin. (Click the link to view the listing)

The Galaxie 500/XL was introduced in mid-year 1962 to give sporty-minded folks a full-size Ford with buckets and console. That was the trend of the time and, besides, why let Chevrolet have all the fun with the Super Sport? Initially available as a two-door hardtop and convertible, Ford expanded the model in 1963 to include a four-door hardtop and, mid-year, a sleek Sports Hardtop that eschewed the Thunderbird-inspired roofline. The formal-roof coupe was put to rest for 1964 and, for 1965, the Galaxie 500/XL reverted back to only offering two-door hardtop and convertible body styles.

But, for 1966, Ford introduced a companion to the Galaxie 500/XL called the Galaxie 500 7-Litre. Included in the model was a standard 428/345, Cruise-O-Matic automatic (four-speed a no-cost option), simulated walnut steering wheel, buckets and console, low-restriction dual exhaust, and unsilenced air cleaner. Despite being created to highlight the new 428, a 427 was available as an option. The 428 also was available for other full-size Fords.

The 7-Litre model was discontinued for 1967, now becoming the 7-Litre Sports Package for the redesigned and newly renamed 1967 Ford XL. Included with the package was the 428, low-restriction dual exhaust, power front disc brakes, Wide-Oval “sports tires,” special suspension, and simulated wood-grained sports steering wheel; the 427 also was available for the last time in a full-size car. However, for the heavily facelifted 1968s, the package was changed to the GT Equipment Group. The biggest adjustment was the base engine being a 390 two-barrel, with a 390 four-barrel and 428/340 being optional. Other equipment included Wide-Oval tires, power front disc brakes, “maximum handling suspension” that included stiffer springs and stabilizer bar, 3.25 axle, low-restriction exhaust, longitudinal stripes, GT emblems behind the front wheels, and simulated mag wheel covers.

It was a fine-looking machine, but the XL-GT was not popular – only 1,855 XL fastbacks and 316 convertibles were built with the GT package. This Meadowlark Yellow 1968 Ford XL-GT convertible is one of those 316, but the numbers get even more interesting when you glance at the Marti Report: only 349 XL convertibles were built with the 428, of which 59 featured a four-speed transmission; of those, 21 had the GT package. That’s pretty nifty, innit? Other features black bucket seats with center console, and power top.

Perhaps Ford took a more casual approach thank Chevrolet to full-size performance in the late 1960s, but there’s no denying this car looks like a custom show car, what with the hidden headlights, stripe, and mag wheel covers. For $51,999, big Blue Ovals from this era don’t get better than this.

Click here for this ClassicCars.com Pick of the Day.

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Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in metropolitan Phoenix.

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