Galaxie History (courtesy of Dearborn Classics):
1959 Ford Galaxie
The 1959 Galaxie was the first year for the Galaxie model line. The six Galaxie models consisted of the Galaxie Club Victoria, Galaxie Town Victoria, Galaxie Town Sedan, Galaxie Club Sedan, Galaxie Sunliner Convertible, and Galaxie Skyliner Retractable. Each model had it's own features ranging from trim and ornamentation to the retractable top which folded into the Galaxie's trunk. The 1959 Fords were promoted as having "Thunderbird elegance" with all new style. The 1959 Galaxie and Fairlane were virtually the same car other than the ornamentation and model name designation. The cars exhibited an incredible amount of stainless steel and chrome body trim and beautiful three tone cloth pattern interior trim. Possibly the most memorable of all models was the Skyliner Retractable with an all steel hardtop that would gracefully move into the trunk to transform to a convertible in sixty seconds. Some of the available options on the 1959 Galaxie were as follows: Air Conditioning, Visored Spotlight Mirror, Deluxe Rear Deck Antenna, Sunray Multi Colored Wheel Covers, Flying Elipse Hood Ornament, Power Front Seat, Power Steering, Power Windows, and "Swift Sure" Power Brakes. Available engine sizes were the 292 V-8 with 200 horsepower, 223 Mileage Maker Six Cylinder at 145 Horsepower, 332 Thunderbird Special, and the 352 Thunderbird Special at an impressive 300 horsepower. Transmission options were a three speed conventional drive with an overdrive option, Fordomatic Drive two speed automatic, overdrive, and the three speed Cruise-O-Matic Drive automatic. The 1959 Galaxie were a very well received car from the start and was the the beginning of many more years of Galaxie evolution.
1960 Ford Galaxie
In 1960, the Galaxie acquired completely new body lines. This new year featured the addition of the very popular Starliner body style. The dashing sports car sedan sported a rakish roofline with no door post for the open air effect throughout the car. Ford also produced the Galaxie Club Sedan, the Galaxie Town Sedan, Galaxie Town Victoria, and the Sunliner Convertible. There was also a Country Squire wagon offered with woodgrain body side trim. The 1960 Galaxie shared the same body design as the 1960 Fairlane. The main differences being between exterior ornamentation and interior trim offerings. The 1960 Galaxie was offered in 13 Diamond Lustre Finish paint colors. Five different engine options were available from the 223 cubic inch Mileage Maker Six Cylinder on up to the 352 Super V-8 with four barrel carburetor and was rated at 360 horsepower. Transmission availability consisted of the three speed manual transmission, optional Fordomatic Drive two speed automatic and three speed automatic Cruise-O-Matic Drive. 1960 Galaxies had an extensive list of options and accessories. Some of these were Air Conditioning, Hood Ornament, Rear Fin Mounted Antenna, Exhaust Deflectors, Visored Spotlight Mirror, Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Power Seats, Power Steering, Power Brakes, and Power Windows. Ford marketed the new design as having greater stability than previous models with an additional five feet apart between the wheels for better cornering.
1961 Ford Galaxie
The 1961 Galaxie was a beautifully sculptured new design. So well designed, that it received a prestigious award presented by the international fashion authority, Centro per L'Alta Moda Italiana, for "functional expression of classic beauty". This new model sported an all new look with a stunning bulleted grill and rear panel design. The 1961 offered several models to include: Galaxie Club Sedan, Galaxie Town Sedan, Galaxie Club Victoria, Galaxie Town Victoria, Starliner Hardtop, Sunliner Convertible, as well as several station wagon models. These cars featured self adjusting brakes, straddle mounted pinion, galvanized body panels for rust protection and the very attractive flush mount door handles. In addition, were 13 exterior colors choices, and several interior trim choices which varied from model to model. The engine choices consisted of the Mileage Maker Six Cylinder, Thunderbird 292 V-8, Thunderbird 352 Special with 220 horsepower, and the new Thunderbird 390 Special at 300 horsepower. In addition, Ford developed a new high performance 390 engine that was optional. This particular engine offered an optional tri-power carburetion setup which could be added to the 390 engine. The 390 Hi-Performance engine when equipped with the three carburetors was rated at an astounding 400 horsepower. Ford offered the three speed manual transmission, Ford Overdrive, Fordomatic Drive two speed automatic, and three speed automatic Cruise-O-Matic transmission. The 1961 was available with a myriad of options. Some of the more popular options were the Selectaire Conditioner, Spotlight Mirror, Continental Kit, Front or Rear Bumper Guards, Hood Ornament, Electric Windshield Washers, Deluxe Mirror with Ford Crest Insert, Power Seats, and Power Steering.
1962 Ford Galaxie
1962 was an exciting new year for the Ford Galaxie. This new model introduced similar body lines to the previous 1961 model with new trim and ornamentation design as well as a distinctive new grill. The 1962 featured stunning gold and chrome plated fender top ornaments exclusive to this year only. These new Galaxies were built even more luxurious than before with the introduction of the plush "500XL" models. 14 models were offered, including sedans, hardtops, convertibles and wagons. The new "500XL" model was introduced in the hardtop, and convertible models and featured a luxurious new bucket seat interior with attractive chrome seat strapping and matching chrome mylar door panels. This also introduced the first floor console ever offered in a Galaxie. 1962 was a year for performance with five different V-8 engine options. The Galaxie was available with the Mileage Maker Six Cylinder, The Thunderbird 292 rated at 170 horsepower, the 352 Thunderbird Special at 220 horsepower, the 390 Thunderbird Special with 300 horses, and the all mighty 406 High Performance and the 406 Super High Performance with a whopping 405 horsepower and topped off with three two barrel carburetors and oval air cleaner. The days of awesome power were now in full swing as a result of these new Galaxies. In addition to the incredible engine options were 47, yes, 47 different color keyed interior trims and 13 Diamond Lustre Enamel exterior paint colors. Also offered, were attractive two tone paint schemes. Three speed manual, new four speed manual shifter on the floor (standard equipment on 406 high performance), and Fordomatic, and the road proven Cruise-O-Matic automatic. The 1962 introduced the beginning of a very exciting new future in performance and luxury for the Galaxie.
1963 Ford Galaxie
The 1963 Galaxie was a classic from the first day it rolled off the showroom floor. This car's distinctive lines and styling are timeless and are now among the most collected Fords of any era. These Galaxies offered many choices for the car buyer. The line offered a large choice of models starting with the Galaxie Sedan. These Galaxie were the base model cars with very simple trim and ornamentation, usually equipped with the smaller engine configuration; However, these cars could be special ordered with just about any engine. The Galaxie 500 Sedans, Hardtop, and Convertible were a step up from the base model Galaxie and featured an attractive full length upper and lower body side molding and attractive cloth and vinyl interior trim package. The Galaxie 500XL models were available in the Hardtop both four door and two door, the Convertible and the 1963 � Galaxie Fastback which featured a new sporty roof line with no post and Starliner type looks. The standard equipment on these cars was a deluxe offering with standard bucket seats and console, full wheel covers, wall to wall carpeting, courtesy lights, contoured deluxe seat upholstery among other luxury features. The 1963 was offered with several engine choices. The Mileage Maker Six Cylinder (All models except 500XL), 260 V-8 at 164 horsepower, the 352 Thunderbird V-8 at 220 horsepower, the Thunderbird 390-4V engine at 300 horsepower, the 406 Thunderbird High Performance with tri-power carburetion at 405 horsepower. Ford later introduced the 427 high performance engine in both a single four barrel version at 410 horsepower and a dual four barrel carburetor at an astounding 425 horsepower. This engine option was offered in a very limited number of 1963 Galaxies. Transmission types were the Synchro Smooth manual column shift, the 4 speed manual on the floor, Fordomatic Drive automatic, and Cruise-O-Matic three speed automatic. Some of the available options for 1963 are as follows: Swing Away Steering Wheel, Power Front Seat, Power Windows, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Padded Dash and Visors, Backup Lights, Deluxe Wheel Covers, Spotlight Mirrors and Select Aire Conditioner. Words fail to describe the beauty and design of this legendary Galaxie. The 1963 will always be of great interest to the car collector and Ford enthusiast.
1964 Ford Galaxie
The 1964 Galaxie was described by Ford as "a car bred in open competition and built for total performance". For 1964, there were 16 models to choose from to include different varieties of sedans, hardtops, convertibles, and wagons. This Galaxie carried much the same lines as the 1963 with new distinctive styling through new trim moldings, grill and rear panel design, and all new interior trim styling. Ford offered the Galaxie 500 in the sedan, hardtop and convertible body styles. The Galaxie 500XL was offered in the sedan, hardtop, and convertible as well. The 500XL was the deluxe model with standard plush vinyl bucket seats with console, special XL trim moldings and ornamentation and standard equipment V-8 engine., and full wheel covers. 1964 was another year of awesome performance with six different engine choices. The most notable was the Thunderbird 390 V-8 engine at 300 horsepower, and two versions of the all powerful 427 power plant. Both a four barrel and dual carburetor version were offered at 410, and 425 horsepower respectively. For transmissions, Ford offered much the same as 1963. The four speed was standard euipment on 427 engine sizes and optional equipment on 390. Ford discontinued the 406 engine for 1964 which was now replaced by the 427. Ford also built a number of 427 Fiberglass race equipped Galaxies for 1964. Many consider the 1964 the most attractive Galaxie ever built. The 1964 Fords are also legendary for their racing history as many of the factory lightweight cars were used by the Ford Motor Company extensively on the race track. This racing experience gave these cars instant popularity that continues to the current day.
1965 Ford Galaxie
The 1965 Ford was a whole new design change for the Galaxie. This new car consisted of six series of Galaxies, with 17 models. This new wider design was a big change from the 1964 models. A notable difference was the new dual vertical stacked headlight design, a first for the Galaxie. Although different, these cars attracted a following of their own. These were designed for total performance with a large array of performance choices. Ford offered the Galaxie 500LTD, Galaxie 500XL, in convertible and hardtop, Galaxie 500 and Ford Custom which was the base model for the 1965 full size car line. Ford offered five engine choices from the 240 cubic inch six cylinder all the way up to the very rare fire breathing 427 Thunderbird High Performance optional V-8 your choice of either four or eight venturi carburetion rated at 425 horsepower. For transmission options, Ford used the Synchro Smooth Drive manual transmission, four speed floor shift offered on 390 and 427 engines, and Cruise-O-Matic three speed automatic transmission. Some of the available options for 1965 were as follows: Power Brakes, Power Front Seats, Automatic Speed Control, Remote Mirrors, Swing Away Steering Wheel, Power Windows, Air Conditioning, Padded Dash and Visors, Wire Wheel Covers, Vinyl Roof Covering, and Remote Trunk Release. The 1965 Galaxie introduced a new age of full size Ford with fresh new looks and performance and luxury to match.
1966 Ford Galaxie
The 1966 Galaxie and Full Size Ford was available in 19 different models which spanned seven different series of body designations. Ford offered the LTD, the Galaxie 500XL, the Galaxie 500 7 Litre, Galaxie 500, Custom 500. These were offered in hardtop, sedans, and convertible models. The LTD model had a different look with distinctive trim and ornamentation and interior trim. The 500XL was the ultimate Galaxie in 1966 with deep foam contoured bucket seats, full length console, wall to wall carpeting, padded dash and visors as well as special 500XL exterior ornamentation. Ford offered an impressive eight different engine choices from a standard economy six cylinder on up to the side oiler 427 engine with dual carburetion and 425 horsepower. Ford also introduced a new 428 cubic inch Thunderbird V-8 which was standard equipment on the Galaxie 7 Litre model. Transmission choices were the Synchro Smooth Drive manual transmission, a 4 speed manual transmission, and Cruise-O-Matic three speed automatic. The exterior was available in 15 Super Diamond Lustre enamels, or 23 two tone combinations as well as 42 upholstery choices. The 1966 Galaxie had a variety of available options: power steering, air conditioning, power disc brakes, power windows, power seats, vinyl roof, as well as many other options. This model is well known for its clean lines and many performance options.
1967 Ford Galaxie
In 1967 Ford used virtually the same body lines as the 1966. The new 1967 look was distinguishing from the previous year. Ford moved the turn signal lamps from the grill to the bumper as well as all new molding and ornamentation. The 1967 had great styling, and actually had great similarity in appearance to the 1967 Fairlane. Ford offered the Galaxie in the Galaxie 500 in both hardtop and convertible, as well as the Ford Custom 500, and the 500XL available in both hardtop and Convertible. Ford continued the 7 Litre model for 1967 which would be the last year of this special performance model. Ford increased the safety features for 1967 with a large list of improvements. The 1967 engine sizes available were the 240 Six Cylinder, 289 Challenger V-8, the 390 Thunderbird V-8 at 270 horsepower, 390 Thunderbird Special at 315 horsepower, 428 Thunderbird V-8, and two versions of the 427 Cobra motor in both four and eight venturi models with horsepower up to 425 horsepower. In addition, was the 7 Litre 428 engine configuration. Available transmission types were the three speed manual on the column, 4 speed manual shifter on the floor, and Select Shift Cruise-O-Matic three speed automatic. The 1967 offered 15 Diamond Lustre Enamel paints colors, and 25 two tone combinations in addition to 52 Ford upholstery choices. These big Fords were built Ford tough and designed to withstand the harsh conditions of any road. These also made a place in the heart of Ford performance enthusiasts with the many performance offerings.
1968 Ford Galaxie
In 1968, the Galaxie was redesigned and reshaped to give the Full Size Ford a whole new personality. This new Galaxie is best identified by the hideaway concealed dual headlamps used on the LTD, XL and Country Squire models. The Ford Custom 500 was the base model offered in both two and four door sedans. The Galaxie 500 was a step up from the standard model, and was offered in hardtop, fastback, and convertible. The Ford XL did not carry the Galaxie name, and was offered in fastback and convertible models only. The LTD model was offered in two and four door hardtops and sedans. The 1968 Fords had six different engine choices ranging from a 240 Big Six cylinder economy motor on up to the 427 Cobra at 390 horsepower, and the 428 Thunderbird motor at 340 horsepower. Because of the size of these cars, many buyers opted for the 390 V-8 engine with plenty of power without the extra expense of the 427/428 models. Each model was available with a three speed manual transmission, a floor shift four speed transmission for high performance engines, and three speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic. In addition, Ford offered 15 paint colors, and over 30 upholstery choices. Among the many available options, were whitewall tires, styled steel wheel covers, air conditioning, remote control mirrors, power front disc brakes, tachometer, and limited slip differential.
1969 Ford Galaxie
The 1969 Galaxie was noted as "Bigger, Wider, Longer, and Quieter". This new Ford grew in size and became even more luxury oriented than previous years. These big Fords were built with more room for the passenger. Still available were the XL models, LTD, in a range of body styles from the attractive Sportsroof and Convertible to the hardtop and wagon models. The XL models were available with either bucket or bench seat options. The Ford power team consisted of the 240 Six Cylinder, the 302 V08 with 220 horsepower, the 390 V-8 with 265 horsepower, the 429 Thunder Jet V-8 with 320 horsepower and the 429 Thunder Jet 4V with 360 horsepower. For transmission types the Full Size offered a three speed manual transmission, a 4 speed floor shift, and the Select Shift Cruise-O-Matic three speed automatic. The buyer had their choice of 15 single tone, and 24 two tone combinations for the exterior, and a large array of interior trim appointments. The 1969 featured a healthy list of options and accessories. Some of the most popular accessories were SelectAire air conditioning, tinted glass, 6 way power front seat, power windows, tilt steering wheel, and rear window defogger.
1970 Ford Galaxie
The 1970 Galaxie was built bigger and stronger than previous models. These cars were becoming more luxury oriented as the years passed. Ford engineers worked hard to achieve a quiet ride and luxury car comfort for 1970. The lineup was made up of 21 new models . There were several body style choices for 1970, to include: three LTD Broughams, five LTD models, two XL models and six different Galaxie 500 models. The different models were offered in several body styles to include the two door and four door hardtop, two door and four door sedan, sportsroof, and convertible. In 1970 Ford offered six engine choices. The 240 six cylinder was the economy motor, the 302 V-8 was 220 horsepower, the 351 was rated at 250 horses, the big block 390 was 265 horswpower, and for the performance buyer, there was either a two or four barrel carburetor 429 big block power plant rated at 320, and 360 horsepower respectively. For transmission types the 1970 models offered a three speed manual transmission, a 4 speed floor shift, and the Select Shift Cruise-O-Matic three speed automatic. The buyer had their choice of 15 single tone, and 24 two tone combinations for the exterior. Available options were Cruise Control, Reclining Seats, Tilt Wheel, AM/Tape Radio, High Back Bucket Seats, Power Disc Brakes, Electric Defrost, Air Conditioning and a host of other items.
1971 Ford Galaxie
The luxurious 1971 full size Ford and Galaxie was designed to be quiet and comfortable. As cars were getting bigger, and luxury was becoming more important, these cars grew with the times. Ford engineered this body to be one of the strongest most durable Ford's ever built. The LTD Brougham was the luxury edition with both two and four door hardtop models, and the LTD convertible. Also produced, was the Galaxie 500, very similar to the LTD with minor trim differences. The Ford Custom 500 was the economy model with all the same features as the other models with slightly less luxurious appointments. These big Fords were offered in seven different engine choices, 240, 302, 351, 390, 400, and 429. The 429 was available in both two and four venturi carburetor options. The 429-4V boasted 360 horsepower for the ultimate in power. The only choice of transmission for 1970 was the Select Shift Cruise-O-Matic three speed automatic transmission. Some of the popular options available are as follows: Air Conditioning, High Back Bucket Seats, AM/FM Stereo, Dual Rear Speakers, Power Door Locks, Power Windows, Power Steering, Rim Blow Steering Wheel, and Tilt Steering Wheel. As the market began to demand luxury, the Galaxie changed to meet the needs of the public and met the buyer with a great deal of comfort and the quiet ride that was being requested.
1972 Ford Galaxie
The 1972 Galaxie had very similar lines and design to the previous year 1971 full size Ford and Galaxie. Like it's predecessor, these cars were built big, strong, luxurious and quiet. Designed for safety and ultimate comfort, these cars used more steel than most cars built prior. The spacious LTD Brougham was the ultimate model for 1972. These cars sported plush interiors in both two and four door hardtops. The LTD was a step down from the Brougham but was still very luxurious and built for comfort. These were available in two and four door hardtops, as well as convertible, and Squire wagons. The Galaxie 500 was the base model line for 1971. The engine team consisted of a 351-2V, 400-2V, and 429-4V engine. Due to smog equipment and a change in the ratings system, horsepower figures declined sharply in 1972. The options list was extensive, some of the most popular items were: padded instrument cover, air conditioning, cruise control, remote mirrors, power sunroof, high back split bench seat, 6 way power seat, tilt steering wheel, and power disc brakes.