Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
This Z-code 1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL hardtop is a grownup's muscle car. It's big, it's bold, and it's got enough room for the whole family. Add in a big block 390 V8 and a whole bunch of originality, you have a very desirable piece of early Ford muscle that gets everything right.
That period-perfect Gold paint is just too nice to be the original finish, but it's likely a very faithful application that was applied to the same standards that made these cars instantly iconic in 1964. It's got an awesome shine that certainly looks appropriate, and there's very little evidence that it's been anything other than a weekend cruiser its entire life. The great thing about stock vehicles is that you know there's likely original sheetmetal underneath, which means no botched bodywork, no hidden headaches, and no questions about cancerous rust. There are a few minor touch-ups and imperfections here and there, as you'd expect from an older car that's still being driven and enjoyed, but none of them detract from the impressive overall presentation. Gaps are excellent all around and the doors open and close with the kind of precision that it's often difficult to restore back into a car; you'll be amazed by how well they were built back then when you have to put that extra effort into getting the driver's door closed firmly. In the same way, all the chrome and stainless trim is in great shape and it's still hanging where Ford workers installed it back in 1964. The big bumpers fore and aft are in great shape too, and the entire car shows off the results of a lifetime spent in a friendly climate.
The interior, however, is where this car really proves that it's a beautifully preserved piece, as there are several original pieces that are still in great shape. Check out the elegant black vinyl upholstery, which is all-day comfortable and ornately finished in a way that perfectly encapsulated the era. No cheap aftermarket repro kit could ever look that good and the black upholstery and black carpets make the car look as upscale as its image would suggest. It's always cool to see buckets and a console in a full-sized cruiser, suggesting that the original owner was all about going fast, and this one is especially interesting with the column-mounted shifter for the 3-speed automatic transmission. The instruments with their soft white faces are in good order, and just ahead of them the original steering wheel is still place and looks great commanding the cockpit. The original AM radio is still in place, although it's due for an upgrade, as is the rather rare factory under-dash A/C unit that's still set-up to take archaic and obsolete R12 refrigerant. Amazingly, the original dash pad hasn't been cooked by the sun, the door panels aren't discolored, and, well, are you getting the idea that this car is legit? The trunk carries correct reproduction mats over the Gold-painted floors and there's enough room back there for Billy Batts and all his shine-box jokes.
The Z-code 390 cubic inch V8 under the hood presents pretty much like it would've on the showroom floor in 1964, with a beautiful gold firewall and inner fenders surrounding the powerful big block motor. Rebuilt approximately 2,500 miles ago, it's running like a top, with big horsepower and a huge torque curve that absolutely eats up asphalt in chunks when the hammer is down. A 4-barrel carburetor and electronic ignition system mean that it springs to life easily and the idle is deceptively smooth, so you won't expect the big hit of BOOM you get as you run it through the gears. Despite its built-for-combat specs, it remains very drivable and looks stock from the heavy-duty Gold air cleaner to the matching valve covers, although it also features new parts throughout like the big, aluminum radiator up front that keeps it nice and cool. The 3-speed automatic transmission snaps through the gears with precision that only comes from something that hasn't been abused and used up, and there are highway-friendly gears out back so this is an easy cruiser. It burbles through a proper dual exhaust system that sounds great, and with power steering and power brakes this Galaxie has amazing road manners. Original steel wheels are adorned with 500XL hubcaps, and they're wrapped around a very old set of steel-belted 215/75/14 Easy Rider tires that will need to be replaced soon, although they speak volumes about the car's originality.
If you like originality that you can actually drive and enjoy, this is the Galaxie 500XL for you. Call now!
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