Is there any better way to arrive than in a big, bad, black Galaxie convertible? As much muscle car as luxury machine, it was Ford’s gentleman’s express, a car for the guy who knew he had to look responsible, but who understood that horsepower was the ultimate luxury.
As far as I’m concerned, the Galaxie always looks best in black. It’s a full-sized car but looks trim and sporty in dark colors, and black is downright sinister on the big cruiser. Part of that ominous look is knowing that full-sized cars pack full-sized powerplants under the hood, and the Galaxie was no exception. The long, straight lines have been beautifully finished, which is mandatory with black paint, and it fits together evenly so the stainless trim lines up as it should. Ford’s jet-inspired styling works particularly well on the Galaxie, with round taillights and “gills” on the rear quarters that may be intended to simulate air intakes. There’s also plenty of jewelry on the big Ford, including beautiful chrome bumpers, highly detailed grille, and a cool concave insert between the taillights that can be a challenge to restore properly.
While a vast majority of Galaxies were garden-variety drivers, this one sports a pair of black buckets on either side of a beautifully restored factory center console, making it relatively rare among full-sized performance cars. The power driver’s seat shows some minor signs of use, but it’s easy to slide behind the wheel, get comfortable, and eat up hundreds of miles in a single stretch with the Galaxie’s full-sized comfort. The beautiful instrument panel features a strip of bright metal trim below the factory gauges, which include a wide speedometer flanked by round auxiliary gauges. Additional options include the tilt steering wheel and AM radio, which is still in the dash, suggesting that the restorer had his priorities straight. A black power convertible top with a clear plastic rear window seals up nicely and hides under a matching black boot for top-down motoring. That gigantic trunk is what full-sized cars are all about, so it’ll swallow a weeks’ worth of gear for the whole crew.
Originally powered by an X-code 352, this Galaxie was upgraded to a correct 390 cubic inch V8 whose fat torque curve is ideal for the big convertible. The chrome open-element air cleaner and gold valve covers dress it up a bit, but basic black was Ford’s recipe and that’s what it wears today. All the original equipment is intact, including the power steering and brake systems, as well as the instantly identifiable expansion tank living up top. The original exhaust manifolds feed a new exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers so it sounds potent at any speed. The powertrain is made up of a 3-speed automatic transmission and a 9-inch rear end, so it’s virtually bulletproof. Handsome 17-inch Torque Thrusts look right and thanks to 235/55/17 front and 245/45/17 rear Uniroyal radials, they totally fill the wheel wells for a perfect stance.
Finding a factory triple black, bucket seat Galaxie convertible is rare enough, but one restored to this level with this much performance is definitely something special. Call today!