1965 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD - today's tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Popular two-door seems largely unmolested

1965 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD - today's tempter
Galaxies of this period a popular in Australia.

Mid to late sixties Galaxies seem to have developed a huge following in this country, particularly if they're a two-door hardtop.

The shape you see here is the first year of the vertically stacked headlights, which really gave the series a strong visual signature. It also marked the year when the leaf rear suspension was upgraded to coils.

1965 also marked the first year of local assembly of four-door sedans at the Homebush plant, though this is obviously a US model.

As is usual for this period, there is a mind-numbing range of engines available in this body, if you were a USA customer. They went from the sole six - the 240ci (3.9lt) Thriftpower - through to five V8s for the domestic market, ranging from the 289 (4.7lt) Windsor through to the range-topping 428 (7.0lt). Auto and manual transmissions were offered.

The combination in this example is the 390ci (6.4lt) engine with a three-speed auto - one that you'll find in a lot of Fords of the period. It's also said to be running an LSD.

The 500 LTD designation says this car was ordered as one of the upper-range models.

It's sitting on period aftermarket wheels and the owner says the originals come with the car.

The only feature that 'clangs' a little is the aftermarket steering wheel. Otherwise the car presents as a nicely-kept unmolested example.

It's claimed to have a good body and to generally in healthy condition. It's on NSW historic plates in Nowra and is advertised at $27,000.

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