This car was a perfect example of a sleeper car from Ford. Usually, this car was used by our grandmothers to attend their church’s Sunday service but actually, this car was a beast. 1962 Ford Galaxy 500 can tear you down with its 406 cubic inch Thunderbird Tri-power V-8 that has 405 HP. It was a factory-prepared race car. In this article, we’re going to uncover the details of this rare second generation Ford Galaxie.
This car wasn’t a crowd favorite unlike Chevrolet Impala SS or the Super Stock Dodge but it did an admirable job for representing Ford Motors Company in early 1960’s on Colorado Boulevard.
1959 Ford Galaxie shares the same body style with the Fairlane 500. It featured large pieces of chrome trim and rear pillars that resemble the 4th generation Thunderbird and this car was meant for rich customers. It was offered by Ford along with the two door convertible called Sunliner and the innovative Skyliner that has a retractable roof.
In 1960, the second generation Galaxie came out with new designs, they made a major restyling with simpler characteristics and it abandoned the tail fins, plus a huge drop in weight.
The new found designs in 1960 are notable for using less chrome trims and large bumpers. The normal two door hardtop is not available this year but, the roofline was used for Galaxie two-door pillared sedan. The following year, the 1961 model was redesigned again. Though it almost looked the same but the tailfins are almost gone. In 1962, Galaxie was applied to Ford’s entire full size sedan. Galaxie 500 was the new top-line. It featured luxurious interiors. More chrome trim was also added outside and not so many luxury items that are standard for plain Galaxie models.
Then performance is starting to be a selling point. Ford introduced the Mileage Maker, a base six cylinder engine providing a range of 20 mile per gallon. But, in 1963, the 289 Windsor engine became the popular choice of engine for Galaxie.
Windsor engine was named after the Windsor, Ontario plant. This engine proposed a compromise between power and economy. The K-code engine, also known as the high-performance version of the 289, can produce 270 horsepower. Ford Edsel line of big block engines was offered to those who are looking for a more powerful engine.
The 390 CID with 320 HP was the most chosen engine for the 1961 model then, the rare options of three two-barrel carburetors for Ford 406 become available for the 1962 Galaxie. This Ford 406 with Tri-power can produce an HP of over 400.
Introducing the factory race cars
In early 60s, the benefits of taking the top spot in a drag race are starting to catch the attention of many car manufacturers. They began taking heed on making changes in their cars to reduce weight and to produce more horsepower. Pontiac starts with modifying their Catalina for racing by replacing steel metal panels and bumpers with aluminum components. The racing division of Ford does exactly the same with their second generation Ford Galaxies. To reduce more weight, they use fiber glass components for the hood and front fenders. The lightweight 1963 Ford Galaxies was powered by 427 cubic inch V-8 with an awesome 425 HP, and these cars are one of the rarest Fords ever made. These cars were almost always in the first place on a race day.