I’ve always had a soft spot for the stacked headlamp Ford Galaxie 500.
In 1965, in a moment of family insanity, my Dad and I nearly agreed that he should get a new 4 door Galaxie. Good sense prevailed in the end since, despite my liking for it, it was a stupid car to buy in the UK – overpriced and unsuited to the roads. Here’s a 1966 two door, spotted in Wandsworth a couple of Sundays ago. It’s got a decent sized 390 cu inch V8 (one down from the big 7 litre) and looks good on a set of obligatory Magnum 500 wheels. Old US barges always look incongruous when you come across them in the UK, which inevitably endears me to the people who are odd enough to keep them.
Looking back at US model years, although a specific generation would last for 3 years, and would broadly look the same from year one to year three, it’s interesting quite how much got changed with each model year. It wasn’t just the case of a new grille and different hubcaps, whole swathes of sheet metal changed. Obviously inspired by GM’s coke bottle line, introduced onto the competing Impala in 1965, the entire side of the third generation Galaxie was reprofiled for its second model year. Back then the studios must have been juggling four or five different versions of a model at any one time.
This particular car is 50 years old this year and Ford only stopped making the Galaxie’s spiritual successor, the Crown Vic, 4 years ago. Looking back a further 50 years from 1966, this is the 2 door Ford you’d have been driving. The evolution of the motor car is logarithmic – Discuss?