Classic Car Overview
In the early and mid-1960s, if you wanted big block muscle, the only place to get it was in a full-sized car. The ideal mixture of luxury and performance, this 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 packs big block power, a wicked predatory stance, as well as a gorgeous paint job that makes it a great piece of luxury muscle. As an impeccably cared-for, warm climate car, its no surprise why this Galaxie is in such good condition, and today its the ideal example of Fords Gentlemans Express. The sloping rear roof (aka the Sportroof Fastback) was a recent addition to the Fairlane and Galaxie lineup, and helped as much on the NASCAR big ovals as it did in showrooms. That gorgeous paint color is called Prairie Bronze, which looks perhaps even better on the big Galaxie than it did on a Mustang, and with that off-setting Wimbeldon White roof its got a very grown up look and feel. But dont get fooled by all that ample sheetmetal and high-end styling, this 2nd generation 500 can still throw down with anyone that wants to get cute at a red light. The high-end finish was done a few years ago and still shows very well today, with a brilliant shine and deep luster that really makes this car stand out. Imperfections are very minimal, and the overall lack of wear and tear speaks to how gently treated this Ford has been through the years, with the most impressive part being how remarkably straight all that Blue Oval real estate really is. Youll also appreciate the Galaxie 500 trim, from the imposing horizontal grille, the jet-age ornamentation on top of the fenders, and the bright spears that run end-to-end on the cars profile. The big bumpers were restored as well, and theres a very good shine on all the stainless surrounding the glass and roof outlines. Fords jet-inspired taillights were still evolving in 1964, now enclosed in a very neat and tidy rear end, and big, dual exhaust pipes that jut out from underneath the rear bumper preview this Galaxies performance roots. Finished off with a slick-painted Wimbledon White Sportsroof, it has a high-class look with just the right amount of muscle car edge. The bench seat interior is extremely handsome, reupholstered using correct black vinyl upholstery that looks very expensive, which was entirely the point in 1964. The seats are in excellent condition and thanks to correct materials, theyll probably look this awesome for years to come. Ornately trimmed inserts feature pleated inserts outlined with piping, and the stainless emblems in the seatbacks match the bright accents in the beautifully designed matching door panels. The wide gauge cluster spans half the dash in front of the driver, and includes a massive horizontal speedometer with factory auxiliary gauges at the flanks, all with light-colored white faces that look awesome in the serious-looking black interior. All the switches and knobs are laid-out in the bottom half of the dash inside an accented metal bezel, offering further contrast against the otherwise blacked-out dash. An upgraded AM/FM/Cassette stereo lives in the original slot, although its an older unit that will need to be replaced if you want tunes in this Galaxie, and the dual ring steering wheel is in incredible shape for an original piece, right down to that awesome blue center cap. Plush black carpets below were obviously replaced in the not-too-distant past, but the headliner above is original, and the rear seat is in such great shape I wouldnt be surprised to hear its never been sat in. Out back, the cavernous trunk look 100% stock, outfitted with an original plaid mat and housing a full-size spare tire and jack set. Although born with a C-code 289 V8, this Galaxie 500 now packs a 390 cubic inch V8 (like youd find in the Z-Code cars), thats topped with a 4-barrel carburetor and stock-style intake manifold. Mated to a Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission, the engine pulls like a freight train up and down the throttle, and despite the cars curb weight on paper it feels much lighter on the street. The tidy engine bay shows signs of maintenance throughout, and its highlighted by that awesome Cadillac air cleaner thats covered in supercool pinstripe work and matching Prairie Bronze paint. Matching bronze FE series valve covers are at the flanks, helping the motor really pop out from the black inner fenders. Power brakes are also part of the equation and a more recent dual exhaust system with glasspack-style mufflers gives the Galaxie an appropriate muted rumble without being excessive, a fact youll appreciate with a rear end full of highway-friendly 3.00 gears. The original A-Arm suspension up front and air shocks out back help set the crouching stance and provide a smooth ride, with the rolling stock looing slick as can be on a set of American Racing Torque Thrust Old Style wheels wrapped in 215/70/15 Cooper Cobra white-letter radials. This lovely hardtop is the most desirable of the Galaxies except for perhaps the convertible, and you cant argue with its performance credentials. With plenty of care throughout the years and off-the-charts curb appeal, its a car that you can still drive regularly, or save it for warm summer days when you want to feel like youre at the wheel of something special. Call today!