390 Cubes, No Excuses: 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD

The 3rd generation Ford Galaxie was introduced in 1965 as a taller and larger full-sized Ford family sedan with the 500 LTD as top-of-the-line version.  These were big brutish cars that were terrible to drive with the Thriftpower-6, but would come alive if you picked the big block V8 on the option list.  It was a time when gas was cheap and tires were terrible, but if you want a big pillarless 2-door that typifies the mid-60s, the Galaxie 500 LTD is the one to get.  Find this 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD here on eBay bidding for $9,900 with less than one day to go, located in Fallbrook, CA.

The ’65 Galaxie is instantly identified by its twin stacked headlights and forward leaning face — a corporate front end that was carried over to the mid-sized Fairlane in ’66.  Surprisingly enough, if you jack up the rear end on the Galaxie you won’t find a leaf spring setup (like everything else from the blue oval in that era) and instead you’ll find a sophisticated three-link setup with coil springs.  

Under the hood you’ll find a  Z-code 390 cubic inch V8 with 4bbl carburetor that was rated at 300 (SAE gross) horsepower and 427 ft-lbs of torque.  Mated to the 3-speed auto doesn’t result in the fastest car on the block (especially when compared to modern things) but it will have a nice old-school squat-and-go action that you won’t mind when you need to fill up the 20 gallon tank every 200 miles. 

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