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1965 Ford Galaxie

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In the early and mid-1960s, if you wanted big block muscle, the only place to get it was in a full-sized luxury cruiser. Cars like this 1965 Galaxie 500 dominated the NASCAR circuit, and were formidable performers on the street. Although the GTO had kicked off the muscle car era a few years earlier, even the hottest Mustangs were no match for a big-block-powered Galaxie. The ideal mixture of luxury and performance, this car packs big block power and ice cold factory A/C, as well as a matching-numbers driveline that's a lot of fun to drive. All new in 1965, this Galaxie 500 is nicely finished in its original code 8 Springtime Yellow and is the ideal example of Ford's gentleman's express. Spacious and comfortable, it was a stylish alternative to the stodgy four-door sedan. The sloping rear roof was a recent addition to the Fairlane and Galaxie lineup, and helped as much on the NASCAR big ovals as it did in showrooms. The paint was done some years ago and still presents nicely. In all likelihood, it was done before two-stage urethanes became de rigueur, and as a result it has a nice, soft shine that is entirely appropriate to the era. You'll also appreciate the nicely preserved trim, with bumpers that have obviously been restored and a good shine on the stainless. Ford's jet-inspired taillights were still evolving in 1965, now somewhat squared off, and those on this yellow coupe are in excellent condition. Up front, the stacked headlights were part of the all-new design, as well as a fresh grille and a minimum of decorative trim. The interior is complimentary code 69 Palomino vinyl, and looking at the interior of this car, it wouldn't be surprising to learn that it's mostly original. The seats are in good condition, so if the covers are new, they were replaced some years ago. Carpets appear to be newer and look correct in the light tan interior, and are protected by recently installed color-matched rubber mats. The wide gauge cluster spans half the dash in front of the driver, and includes a massive speedometer and a fuel gauge, but precious little else. When you ordered factory air on your Galaxie 500, it included vents in the metal trim that spanned the entire width of the dash, making it look far more integrated than the add-on boxes that many such systems used in 1965. The original AM radio still lives up high next to the gauges, and the slender steering wheel uses a delicate horn ring that fits the style of the car perfectly. In back, you'll find a cavernous trunk that shows some age, but no substantial rust or damage, suggesting that this has always been a dry southern car. This car still packs its original Z code 390 cubic inch V8, which is topped by a 4-barrel carburetor and mated to a Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission. The tidy and correct engine bay shows signs of maintenance, and the black block is dressed up with a gold air cleaner assembly and distinctive FE series valve covers. The factory A/C has been upgraded to R134a refrigerant, making recharges easy and inexpensive, and nice details abound, from the 390 decal on the air cleaner to correct tower hose clamps. Power brakes are also part of the equation, and you'll appreciate them on this big cruiser. The Galaxie's suspension was all-new in 1965, with coil springs all around and a sophisticated four-link setup out back that not only produced a smoother ride, but vastly improved handling that was a boon on the track. The exhaust system actually looks like a NORS setup that gives the Galaxie an appropriate muted rumble without being excessive, and the rear end is stuffed with highway-friendly 3.00 gears. The original steel wheels wear wire wheel covers with spinners and recent Firestone whitewall tires. The 1965 Galaxie introduced a new age of full size Ford with fresh new looks and performance and luxury to match. This lovely hardtop is the most desirable of them all except for perhaps the convertible, and you can't argue with its performance credentials. With fully functional A/C, it's a car that you can still drive every day, or save it for warm summer days when you want to feel like you're at the wheel of something special. This is a very nice car that can be driven and enjoyed as-is, or upgraded over time to create an absolutely show-stopper, the choice is yours. Call today. This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.

Reference Number 125529

as of 5/13/2011

Overview
Car 1965 Ford Galaxie
VIN 5A66Z174072 
Mileage 6,283 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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