When do you supposed the last 4-speed manual gearbox equipped car left an American assembly line — if you said 1998, I wouldn’t be surprised, but according to Murilee “Phil” Martin at Autoweek it was 1996 with the Toyota Tercel for cars, but the Ford F150 was available with a 4-on-the-floor for a few more years. Find this 1998 Ford F150 XL offered for $3995 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.
When I saw the photos for this next car I first thought it was a Torino…but then I realized it was an LTD…except it wasn’t. It is a Ford Galaxie (not a Galaxy) XL, which is a big 429 ThunderJet V8 powered 2-door behemoth that has a set of rear sail panels that simulate a fastback roofline. It comes from a time when car designers had free rein to style as they pleased with little concern for cost, crash safety, external visibility, ease of repair, and various other plebeian concerns. And if you thought it looks good from the outside, just look at the driver centric dash pod…wow. Find this 1969 Ford Galaxie XL Sportsroof offered for $23,500 in Glendale, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I’m not a huge fan of bucket seats on a big American muscle cruiser — I think they should have vinyl bench seats and column mounted shifters…but the center console on this next car is amazing. Like a drunkards’ nose, it is huge, red and prominent. The shifter sticks out of it like an alien monolith and it just makes me happy. Find this 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL offered for $13,975 buy-it-now or make offer in Rapid City, SD via ebay.
The Ford Galaxie was launched in 1959 as a plus sized top of the line version of the already fullsized Ford Fairlane, but by 1970 it was known simply by the name XL…which didn’t stand for Xtra Large but meant Xtra Lively. This next car is a beast of a classic for that is powered […]
Today’s Mid Week Match-Up is a request from Jim who writes: I am on a band with 4 friends in the north east. we play local shows once in a while. So far we have been getting by with a couple of hatch backs, but now we are beginning to book tours regionally and multiple […]
The New Horizon’s probe, originally launched in 2006, has completed its flyby of the hunk of rock known as Pluto (apparently Pluto lost its membership in the Planet Club after showing up to the annual awards dinner completely drunk and without pants…never change Pluto, never change) and has moved on to exploring other giant celestial […]
When Ford picked a name for their new full-sized offering in 1959, the discussion went like this, we need a name for a car that is bigger than a house, bigger than a city block, bigger than the country, bigger than the earth, bigger than the solar system…how about a galaxy? Yeah that is big, […]
Finding a two door American car with a big block V8 for cheap is one of the things that puts a smile on my face. Far too many big American coupes are traded between wealthy folks via Barrett Jackson or Mecum auctions…but not today! Find this 1970 Ford Galaxie XL 429 ThunderJet offered for $7,500 […]