1966 Ford Galaxie LTD Fastback
Back in 1958, Chevrolet took the automobile market by storm with
its flagship passenger car, the Impala. The full-size Chevy was a
rage in the late 50s. The launch proved to be a masterstroke that
took all of Chevrolet's competitors by surprise. Among other top
automobile brands back in the day was Ford. With a reputation of
producing some impressive vehicles in the 1950s, all eyes were now
on Ford. Their response to Chevrolet Impala? A full-sized car,
targeted at a similar crop of buyers. Labeled as the Ford Galaxie,
the full-sized car remained in production from 1959 to 1974. The
name was a marketing gig inspired by the 20th century "Space Race"
between cold war rivals, the USSR, and the US. While the Galaxie
series was a massive success, the year 1966 stood out in terms of
production and sales numbers.
This beautiful Galaxie 500 LTD Fastback has been treated to a
consignor stated frame off restoration by a veteran as part of his
PTSD recovery project recommended by his counselor. Nice lines,
acceptable gaps, some blacked out chrome, a rebuilt engine and a
new transmission. A nice example of a Ford classic that you can
literally get in, turn the key and start the party.
Dark Green Metallic adorns the exterior and displays with some
bubbling, chip offs, orange peel and cracking of the bodywork. The
gaps maintain an acceptable form with the exception of the hood
which is notably higher on the driver's side. Some brite work shows
pitting in particular on the headlight bezels, however they appear
original to this car. Bumpers and most of the chrome trim, which
have been blacked out with a satin finish, are straight but present
with some pitting and add an allure of mystique to the overall body
design. The grille has also been blacked out and has a section of
the lower panel missing. The leading edge trim is missing across
the hood and both front fenders as well. All glass is clean and
scratch free. Highly chromed American Racing Torque Thrust wheels
in 15" format are wrapped by staggered width Cooper blackwall
Going from the ground up, new black carpet covers all floor
surfaces. The late model charcoal vinyl bucket seats in front are
showing nicely with no tears or rips and have maintained their
shape with ample bolsters and extra padding. The rear bench appears
in very good condition with only minor wrinkling of the material on
the upper cushion. A shifter has been relocated from the column to
the floor and is a B&M unit with an obligatory T-handle. The
factory black steel dash with its long sweeping speedometer is
shielded under a padded topper that shows with some waviness and a
few cracks. Door panels appear original and in very good condition
with heavily padded tuck and roll vinyl and clean black carpeting.
Some chrome for the window cranks and door releases gives a nice
offset to the sea of black. Peering up the headliner has been
removed and now we see a bare roof covered with just silver sound
deadening material. Seen are aftermarket gauges hanging below the
dash, and an empty hole where the factory radio used to reside.
A rebuilt 390ci V8 is topped by a new Holley 4-barrel carburetor
and bolted to a new TCI C6 3-speed automatic transmission that
shifts smooth as silk. A conventional Ford 9" rear axle with 3.00
gearing handles the ponies and turns the tires. A new radiator has
been added to help keep things nice and cool.
Looking underneath, a virtually rust free (only minor surface rust)
environment can be seen. Frame is very stable as are the junction
of the body and the frame. Also, a newly installed dual exhaust
system with cast iron headers and Flowmaster mufflers is noted.
Disc brakes have been added on the front and work with an
independent coil spring arrangement and on the rear, we see drum
brakes and a 4 link with coil spring assembly.
This car fired right up and on the test track did a nice job. It
has wonderfully smooth acceleration, bias free panic stopping, and
good handling for this very heavy car. All functions were working
during our test drive and the melodious tune of the exhaust more
than makes up for the lack of a radio.
An overall nice presentation with a few faults, good running,
smooth shifting, turnkey '66 ready for more fun miles, right here
at Classic Auto Mall. Solid!
E-Mahwah, NJ Assy Plant
67-Galaxie 500 LTD
C-289ci V8 2bbl
226825-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 63F-Galaxie 500 LTD 2 Door Fastback
COLOR M-Wimbledon White
TRIM 96-Black Cloth & Vinyl
DATE 15C-March 15th Build
DSO 13-New York
AXLE 1-Ford 9" 3.00 Conventional
TRANS 7-Cruise O Matic C6
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interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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