Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
This 1959 Ford Galaxie represents an opportunity to get a big, flashy '50s convertible that you just don't see every day. Even though it's a Ford, Galaxie ragtops are rather rare and tend to stand in the shadow of their Retractable siblings. That's too bad, because the ragtops are arguably better looking and this one is far more affordable than a Retractable in similar condition.
Refinished a few years ago, the car still looks good going down the road, and basic black will always look like a million bucks. The paint was well done at the time, but would benefit from a proper cut and buff to really bring out the shine, but it looks great just the way it is. The metal inserts on the side trim work especially well on the black paint, accenting its length and modest tailfins and giving it a forward-looking stance. Chrome and stainless, always the most expensive part of any restoration, remain in good condition and would probably deliver a brilliant shine with little more than an afternoon spent buffing and polishing. Add in a continental kit, fender skirts, and dual antennas on the rear deck, and you have a '50s cruiser that's out of the ordinary but still nails all the important notes.
The interior was correctly restored in an attractive black/white/cold color combination. It duplicates the factory look, including those fantastic door panels and big white steering wheel. The instrument panel stretches from door to door with a band of bright trim, and there's a clear, easy-to-read set of gauges ahead of the driver. Extras include seat belts for safety, a removable center armrest, and a fully operational AM radio with an aftermarket system hidden out of sight. The carpets are in great shape, although it's likely that this car has spent a lot of time in the sun with the top down, but isn't that what ragtops are all about? And speaking of tops, the power convertible top remains functional and is hidden by a matching white vinyl boot when stowed. You also get a trunk that's finished with a reproduction mat set and carries a full-sized spare, mostly because the one in the continental kit is always such a hassle to remove.
Tilt the hood forward, and you'll find a smooth-running 352 cubic inch V8 that makes a very respectable 300 horsepower thanks to a 4-barrel carburetor. Someone has invested some time in the engine bay, with Ford Blue paint on the block, chrome valve covers and an open-element air cleaner, and lots of recent work. Power steering and 4-wheel drum brakes were par for the course in 1959, but the car is easy to drive and runs down the road with a smoothness you just won't find in modern iron. A 3-speed automatic transmission drives the original rear end, and the chassis is probably 100% original save for maintenance items. The dual exhaust system has been recently replaced, and gives the V8 a nice rumble that isn't out of character for a luxury ragtop like this. 225/70/14 BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whitewall radials look right and really give the big Galaxie a boost in the ride and handling departments.
Reliable, comfortable, and spacious, this Galaxie is a great way enjoy top-down motoring without driving the same car as everyone else. With a great color combination, a few power options, and plenty of horsepower, it remains a great way to enjoy a slice of the good life. Call today!
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