Posts Tagged ‘galaxie’

Wagon-Off – 1969 Ford Galaxie 500 Country Sedan vs. 1969 Dodge Polara Wagon

December 12, 2015

You can’t take a serious look at station wagons without looking at the American whales of the postwar era. Much like shopping for a crossover today, you could hardly throw a rock on dealer row without hitting one of these barges. And since they were so prolific back when they were new, it’s still possible to find decent examples for short money now. Fortunately, this week’s search for wagons turned up a decent pair of 1969 cars, arguably a high point for American cars. Check out this 1969 Ford Galaxie 500 Country Sedan for sale for $3500 in Pendleton, OR.

1969 Ford Galaxie 500 Country Sedan right side

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All Creatures Great & Small – 1968 Ford XL Fastback and 1980 Ford Fiesta

October 20, 2015

People like to make fun of American manufacturers’ products from the late 1970s, but while recognizing there were some real blunders in there, you have to look at what the manufacturers were going through. And for a good idea of that, just look at today’s pair of cars. They’re separated by a mere 12 years (okay, and the Atlantic separated the two product teams), but compare those two to, say, a 2003 Taurus and a 2015 Fiesta and you’ll notice how relatively drastic the transition was. Of course, the situation was uniquely disastrous in the short term – a fuel crisis combined with new safety and emissions controls gave them a repeated clobbering. Check out this 1968 Ford XL for sale for $3600 in Spokane, WA.

1968 Ford XL nose

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Not Limited – 1966 Ford LTD

September 19, 2014

Many enthusiasts would agree that American manufacturers hit some design high points in the 1960s – freeing themselves from the clutter of tailfins and excessive chrome of the 1950s, and simultaneously blissfully unaware of the 1970s constraints imposed by safety bumpers, headlight and bumper height regulations, and more. Based on the Galaxie line of cars, the LTD was the top of the line for the 12th generation full-size Ford, and was available with V8 power from 289 to 428 cubic inches. And while it’s a bit of a grandma car, seeing one of these parked on a corner of a postwar suburban street evokes the height of the cold war, space race, and more. Check out this 1966 Ford LTD for sale for $3000 in Sparks, NV.

1966 Ford LTD right front

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