Many Ford fans look at the 1963 Galaxie as a high-water mark of '60s style, and this lovely Galaxie 500 convertible is proof. A high-visibility car in its original Rangoon Red, this Galaxie represents a huge value, especially when compared to its Chevy counterparts.
Rangoon Red is a color that's never gone out of fashion, and if you're going to walk with this much swagger, there's no point in trying to be subtle. Muscle luxury like this is never obsolete, and on a Ford Galaxie it looks impressive, not over-done. This car has never been rusty or wrecked, and the sheetmetal is in great shape, especially those long, long quarter panels. The paint is a few years old and shows some signs of being driven, but the overall look is pretty impressive, as you can see in the photos. The Ford's sleek, straight lines are surprisingly subdued, perfect for the newly conservative '60s, but the cars were beautifully detailed and well-built machines that have withstood the test of time. The long, sweeping trim that spans the sides of the car is shiny and shows few signs of age, while the big chrome bumpers fore and aft look appropriate to the car. Other details, like the chrome fins atop the front fenders, the jet-inspired taillights, and GALAXIE block letters on the trunk let you know this is the top-of-the-line Ford.
Inside, the code 95 Red vinyl bench seat interior is almost too cool for words. Spend some time looking at the photos and you'll see an artist was at work at FoMoCo during the '60s, with beautiful patterns and textures, all tied together in a combination that is far from ordinary. Thanks to a recent freshening, almost everything remains in outstanding condition, from the seat covers to the door panels to the newer carpets. The instrument panel is full of factory gauges that are all functional but showing a little age, and the steering wheel has obviously been restored because there are no cracks in the plastic. The original radio has been replaced by a digital AM/FM unit that fits neatly and almost disappears in the shiny instrument panel, and the car is optioned out with a power seat and power windows (the passenger side rear window is sticking). A new red vinyl convertible top isn't quite original equipment, but now that we've seen it, we think it looks great. That trunk can carry two weeks' worth of luggage, and also offers a full-sized spare, as well as a correct mat set.
Whomever purchased this Galaxie originally opted for performance, thanks to the 390 cubic inch V8, a Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission, and a set of 3.00 gears to make it comfortable on the highway. The engine compartment appears to have been detailed recently, and the burly 390 starts with a throaty rumble from the Flowmaster dual exhaust system. Remember that in these pre-Mustang days, the Galaxie was Ford's performance model as well, and this big ragtop has impressive moves, as if it weighs 500 pounds less than it does. The chassis is solid and clean, with none of the usual convertible worries about rusty floors, and it rides like the massive American luxury car that it is. It's been fitted with cross-drilled front disc brakes, which are just visible through the Torque Thrust wheels that are wearing 235/60/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials.
Take advantage of this opportunity to get a gorgeous '60s ragtop with a ton of performance for not a lot of money. Call today!