1962 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Sunliner

1962 saw a complete redesign of the full-size Ford's resulting in one of the cleanest looks yet. The model year start off with the standard Galaxie and the Galaxie 500 with the latter as the top of the line.

The fresh and exciting look included new a new grille, bumpers, taillights (while retaining the now familiar round look), was almost slab-sided and the fins were now gone!

Introduced in February 1962, almost half way through the model year, there was a new model to take the crown - the Galaxie 500 XL. It was available as either a hardtop coupe (Club Victoria) or as a Sunliner Convertible as you see here.

1962 Ford Galaxie 500XL Sunliner Top Down View

Top Down View

Aiming for the sporty look, the XL came with bucket seats, a center console, all-vinyl interior and special badging around the car. The aim was to have something to compete with the popular Chevrolet Impala SS.

The Galaxie 500 XL came standard with a 292 V8 (170 hp) rather than the 223 cubic inch six-cylinder that formed the base for the other Galaxies. The original owner of this 500 XL decided to beef things up even further and opted for the 390 cubic inch V8 that provided 300 horsepower. This would have cost an additional $138.

1962 Ford 390 V8 engine

390 V8

Furthermore, they choose a Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission to replace the standard 3-speed costing another $212.

If you wanted a Galaxie 500 XL Sunliner back in 1962 they started at $3,358. Ford managed to sell 13,183 of them.

This Sunliner is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos´╗┐)

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