1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible
Muscle car is an American term for high-performance cars, usually but not limited to rear-wheel drive and fitted with a large and powerful V8 engine. The term originated for 1960's and early 1970's special editions of mass-production cars which were designed for drag racing.
For consignment a car that spent its entire life in California before coming to Pennsylvania in 2013. These were known in the day as total performance vehicles. This Dyno Tuned car will put out 470HP on high test gas. Nicely presenting with great paint, and a new convertible top, a highway cruiser or street bruiser, it will put some wind in your hair.
With recently re-chromed front and rear bumpers, dual headlights and an undulating horizontal ribbed grille as well as turbine style round taillights this is truly a jet age car. Straight steel panels are bathed in red, and a nice badged trim spear runs from front to back in the mid-section, tastefully breaking up the red. A chromed rocker trim is seen and red steel wheels with chromed center hubcaps wrapped in blackwalls gives this car a somewhat unassuming look…but beware! A new convertible top with a glass window moves up and down flawlessly.
Black tuck and roll vinyl inserts which have piping wrapped in the form of a bomber style bucket, but in reality the seats are a squared off split bench. This same motif is on the rear bench. Some areas of tearing have been taped over with black electrical tape. Door panels are also covered in black vinyl some ribbed and some smooth with two swooping chromed trim pieces breaking the panels up. The dash is all original looking and has been restored, as has the original steering wheel. Black carpet covers the floors and Galaxie embroidered floor mats are seen in the front of the passenger compartment. A couple of aftermarket gauges have been added which hang below the dash.
This “top loader” 4-speed manual transmission equipped car comes with a big block 406ci V8 and has dual Holley 4-barrel carbs which were recently rebuilt. C4AE 6090 427 high riser heads are covered by chromed valve covers. As noted, the engine was also “refreshed” and dyno tuned to run on high test gas. A chromed trademark open air cleaner allows plenty of fresh clean air too flow to the dual quad setup below. A 4-speed manual top loader transmission is attached to the back of the mill. Power to the rear wheels goes through a Ford 9-inch 3.50 rear.
Plenty of patina surfaces to look at underneath, all with little to none of any signs of rust. Independent coil springs upfront, and leaf springs on the rear provide the suspension. Disc brakes are on the front, and drums on the rear. A good looking Flowmaster exhaust makes its way from engine to tailpipes.
A quick starter, and smooth idler, this car left us with no disappointment. It can cruise, and it can accelerate on demand. Everything is functioning on the dash, including the clock. The clutch was very stiff and took some serious effort to push it to the floor, although the car shifted quickly and smoothly and provided a smooth ride.
A nicely done car, certainly not perfect, but a driver, never a garage queen. Good exterior paint, and a black vinyl interior, with a powerful mill and top loader transmission, we are ready to go to hyperdrive. Meet George Jetson…
J-Los Angeles, CA Assy Plant
65-Galaxie 2 Door Convertible
Z-390ci V8 300hp
179802-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 76A-2 Door Galaxie 500 Convertible
COLOR K-Silver Smoke Gray
TRIM 76-Black Crush Vinyl
DATE 15G-July 15th 1964
DSO 71-Los Angeles, CA
AXLE 5-3.50 Conventional Gears
TRANS 5-4 Speed Manual