The period between 1959 and 1961 saw Ford manufacture full-size cars in an attempt to remain relevant in a market that was deep into Space Race. It carefully drafted and named the cars Galaxie, the name it reserved for its top models specifically manufactured 1959 and 1961. Every car manufactured that period had the “Galaxie 500” badge.
While Galaxie 500 XL badge denoted higher series cars, Galaxie 500 LTD denoted the opposite. Things however changed when the “500” part was dropped from both the XL and LTD, resulting in what became to be known as the regular Ford 500, a mid level full-size car whose manufacture began in 1965 and ended in 1974.
Ford Galaxie 500 was specifically designed and manufactured to improve on Ford’s mid-season sales. To achieve this, it made available varied types of Ford Galaxie 500 including hardtop two-door sedan, hardtop four-door sedan and the Sunliner convertible. To enhance sales prospects, Ford also released a couple of sporty cars that featured bucket seats such as the Fairlane 500 Sporty Coupe and Falcon Futura.
A common characteristic with all Ford Galaxie 500 cars was there overweight when compared to other full-size competitor cars. This was mainly due to the fact that the body was of aluminum in addition to large-displacement engines. Noting this, Ford embarked on producing lightweight Galaxies that featured a body made of fiberglass. This cut down on the weight by a big margin with the two-door sedan weighing below 1,587 kg.
Although the Galaxie 500 series did not generally sell as previously expected, the 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 (regular) model became very popular. The distinctive new grill and trim with Gold and chrome plated fender made the car one of the most luxurious cars then. It also took the honors of being the most stylish cars in 1962.
A number of Ford Galaxie 500 cars are still available, having been restored. This includes the 1962 Galaxie 500 Sunliner convertible, one of the popular Galaxie series cars that became a hit. Although restored, the cars still exhibit the same features and characteristics of the original car, a fact that make them the most classic cars one can still find today.